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Rick Duckett
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: North Carolina '79

Rick Duckett returns for his third season with the RedHawks. A seasoned coaching veteran, Duckett brings more than 30 years of experience to the post. He joined the Miami University men's basketball staff in May 2012 as associate head coach.

He is head coach John Cooper’s right-hand man in helping to run the RedHawk program and oversees Miami’s defensive scheme. He also played an active part in the recruitment of a large incoming class in 2014-15.

He was an assistant coach at Tennessee State in 2011-12 after a two-year stint as a color analyst for UNC Greensboro on 101.1 WZTK-FM. Duckett helped Tennessee State to a 20-13 record in 2011-12, the program's first winning record since 1995-96 and the Tigers' first 20-win season in 32 years. The team knocked off seventh-ranked Murray State on Feb. 9, 2012, 72-68, one of just two losses for the Racers, and defeated their first SEC opponent when the Tigers upset South Carolina, 64-63. TSU nearly earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament, falling to Murray State by two points in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament final. The Tigers did earn a bid to the 2012 CIT.

Duckett has nine years of head coaching experience with three different programs-Fayetteville State (1993-98), Winston-Salem State (1998-01) and Grambling State (2008-09)-compiling a career head coaching record of 156-98.

Duckett was head coach at Fayetteville State (CIAA) for five seasons with Cooper serving as an assistant from 1993-95.  In his first stint as a head coach, Duckett led the Broncos to a 76-57 record while serving FSU as an assistant athletic director and instructor.

While at Winston-Salem State, Duckett was tabbed NCAA Division II South Athletic Coach of the Year (1999) and twice earned the CIAA Tournament Coaches Award (1999 and 2000), while boasting a 73-19 mark and leading the team to CIAA championships in 1999 and 2000.

After WSSU, he served his second term with South Carolina (SEC) Basketball from 2001-08 under head coach Dave Odom. He rejoined the staff after serving in the same capacity for head coach Bill Foster (Rutgers, Utah, Duke, South Carolina, Northwestern) for the 1985-86 season.

From 2008-09, Duckett grabbed the head coaching reins once again when he spent one season at the helm at Grambling State (SWAC) posting a 6-23 record.

In addition, Duckett has spent stints as an assistant, spending one season with Central Florida (1984-85) and Jacksonville (1983-84). A year prior to those appointments, he spent the first of two stints at North Carolina high school powerhouse R.J. Reynolds (Winston Salem, N.C.) returning as a teacher and coach from 1992-93.

Duckett began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, North Carolina (Chapel Hill), from 1979-1980. In got his full-time start as the head coach of the freshman squad at Harvard University from 1980-1982.

Duckett received his bachelor's degree from North Carolina in 1979 and earned an MAT from UNC in 1980.

He is married to the former Letita Miller. They have a son, Philip, who is a volunteer manager at Miami, and a daughter, Keigan.

Updated November 2014