At the PHHS Cross Country Arabian Roundup on August 28th, the girls cross country course will be dedicated to the late Coach John Rhoades. He passed away this past spring but left a lasting mark on everyone that knew him. All are invited to attend the ceremony at the start line at 5:40 pm. The Rhoades family will be in attendance to accept and speak in Coach Rhoades’ honor.
For 39 years John Rhoades taught and coached at PHHS leaving a significant legacy in both track and cross-country. In 1976 he saved the track program from being canceled and for the next 15 years his teams won 160 straight dual meets along with many post season victories. He coached the Midwest Meet of Champions and was Coach of the Year in Indiana. In 1979 he started the cross-country program prior to it being an IHSAA sport. For the next 25 years his teams won 9 conference and 6 sectional titles. He took the first ever PHHS team to the state finals which they attended twice. In 1989, Coach Rhoades was named the Girls Cross Country Indiana All-Star head coach.
After retirement, Coach Rhoades continued to support PHHS. He worked athletic events, drove the team bus, and provided popsicles for runners on hot days. His most important role was mentor to the students, teachers, and coaches.
Please help with getting the word out about the dedication to all of his former students, athletes, co-workers, and friends. A plaque with his name and bust will permanently be on display at the course starting line for all to see when they visit the John R. Rhoades Girls Cross Country Course.