Hutchinson Head Coach Rion Rhoades is rumored to become an on-field assistant a the University of Arkansas according to a source at Hutchinson CC and later confirmed by FootballScoop.

Rhoades has been the head coach of the Blue Dragons since 2007, going 99-50 during his time in Hutchinson. He rose the Blue Dragons to national prominence this past season as the Blue Dragons were No. 1 for multiple weeks in the NJCAA poll. 

The Blue Dragons were a different monster all season, beating teams with confidence and topping Butler 35-28 in a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2 on Sept. 28. Hutch would lose the following week with multiple players suspended and fell to Garden City in the final weeks of the season as well.

During his tenure at Hutch, Rhodes was the coach that helped finally dethrone Butler for the KJCCC Conference Championship in 2014. He’s helped the Blue Dragons win the Salt Bowl eight times.

According to the NCAA, this move is in part to Arkansas offering multiple Hutch players. Rhoades must be an on-field assistant if they want to recruit any Hutch player in the next two years due to the NCAA’s new “individuals associated with a prospect” (IAWP) rule.

It is expected that Rhodes would coach linebackers for the Razorbacks. 

Pittman and Rhoades have a connection that goes back to when Pittman, the head coach of the Blue Dragons in 1993, recruited Rhodes to play at Hutch.

After Rhoades left Hutch, Pittman left Hutch for a coaching position at Northern Illinois. We’ll have more on this story as it develops.