This is the second in a series of features with the RedHawk men's basketball staff by Miami University staff writer Peter Marx.
OXFORD, Ohio - When new Miami University men's basketball coach John Cooper was hired in April, there was one man he wanted by his side.
Rick Duckett, an assistant under Cooper at Tennessee State and lifelong friend, was that man.
"He's the wise one," Cooper said about Duckett, who now serves as the RedHawks' associate head coach. "He's that bald head that you rub on and get all of this knowledge. He's the man of many phrases."
Duckett, who joined Miami's staff in May, brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to the program. He and Copper go way back, as Duckett was Cooper's position coach during his playing days at Wichita State. He also gave Cooper his first coaching job at Fayetteville State.
"We just have a great relationship and we trust each other," said Duckett, who is in his fourth stint with Cooper.
The veteran mentor has a career head coaching record of 156-98. Duckett coached at Fayetteville State for five seasons, Winston-Salem State for three and was at Grambling State for a single season. The North Carolina graduate was also a graduate assistant for the Tar Heels and an assistant for Central Florida, Jacksonville, South Carolina, Wichita State and most recently Tennessee State.
"I bring years of just understanding of what it takes to be successful on a daily basis," he said. "We are going to fire people up and hold people accountable."
For the RedHawks, Duckett will have many responsibilities, but his main duties will be directed towards the defense.
"We are going to try to be disruptive," he said. "I would define (our style) as disruptive pressure. We've got to be able to make people prepare for changing defenses, multiple defenses."
Duckett said he would like to pressure opposing teams, running everything from zone press, man press and trap, just to name a few.
"We are going to do everything," he said.
Duckett is excited about his new position at Miami and thinks it presents a unique challenge.
"(Miami) has had such a storied history," he said. "To be part of this renaissance is really exciting. We look at it as a great opportunity to do something special."
Be sure to get a preview of the 2012-13 RedHawks by reserving a spot for the Third Annual BBQ & Basketball event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Millett Hall. (Click HERE for details)
Also coming up for women is Basketball 101 presented by Luna Blu Salon and Spa. Get the scoop on hoops with Coach Cooper and his staff at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. (Click HERE for details)
And don't miss out on a minute of the action this season! Miami has 13 games in Millett Hall on its regular-season docket, seven of which are weekend games. Buy your tickets today by visiting or calling the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 513-529-4295 or click HERE.
Miami University Men's Basketball 2012-13 Season Ticket Prices:
Youth Reserved (Under 18): $110
Miami University Faculty and Staff: $150
Senior Citizen/Young Alumni: $165
Adult Reserved: $180
Courtside Seating: $325
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