Ricky Stokes

Ricky Leonard Stokes (born March 29, 1962) is an American athletics administrator and former men's college basketball coach who is currently the associate commissioner of men's basketball for the Mid-American Conference.

Ricky Stokes
Biographical details
Born (1962-03-29) March 29, 1962 (age 60)
Richmond, Virginia
Playing career
Position(s)Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1985Virginia (assistant)
1988–1989Bowling Green (assistant)
1989–1997Wake Forest (assistant)
1997–1998Virginia (assistant)
1998–1999Texas (assistant)
1999–2003Virginia Tech
2003–2005South Carolina (assistant)
2005–2007East Carolina


Stokes played at Highland Springs High School for Coach George Lancaster before committing to Coach Terry Holland.[1] As a point guard for the Virginia Cavaliers, Stokes set the record for career games played with 134, a record that he still holds.[2] The Cavaliers made the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship each year that Stokes was with the team and during the three years that Stokes played along the legendary Ralph Sampson, the team earned a #1 seed.[3]


Stokes was hired in 1999 by Jim Weaver, the new director of athletics at Virginia Tech, to replace the fired Bobby Hussey.

In his first year as coach, Stokes brought the Hokies their first winning season since the departure of Bill Foster but that year would be his high water mark in Blacksburg. Beginning with the 2000–01 season, the Hokies departed the Atlantic 10 Conference and joined the much tougher Big East. Stokes was unable to recruit Big East level talent to Virginia Tech and the team's record suffered accordingly.

The highlight of his four seasons at Tech were blowout wins over #18 Connecticut and rival Virginia his final year. Stokes was dismissed after a third straight losing season and a 10–38 overall record in the Big East.[4] In none of these three years in the Big East was Virginia Tech able to qualify for the conference post-season tournament under Stokes.

After two years as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina, Stokes was hired as the head men's basketball coach at East Carolina University after the 2004–2005 season.[5] After compiling a 14–44 record in two seasons, Stokes chose to resign rather than accept an administrative position within the ECU athletic department.[6]

The Mid-American Conference named Stokes the associate commissioner for men's basketball in 2010.[7]

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Virginia Tech Hokies (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1999–2000)
1999–00 Virginia Tech 16–15 8–8 4th (West)
Virginia Tech Hokies (Big East Conference) (2000–2003)
2000–01 Virginia Tech 8–19 2–14 7th (East)
2001–02 Virginia Tech 10–18 4–12 7th (East)
2002–03 Virginia Tech 12–17 4–12 7th (East)
Virginia Tech: 46–69 (.400) 18–46
East Carolina Pirates (Conference USA) (2005–2007)
2005–06 East Carolina 8–20 2–12 12th
2006–07 East Carolina 6–24 1–13 12th
East Carolina: 14–44 (.241) 3–25 (.107)
Total: 59–113 (.343)


  1. ^ "Highland Springs coach George Lancaster retiring after 37 seasons".
  2. ^ "Virginia Basketball Records".
  3. ^ Wagner, James (2005-04-26). "Former Cavalier point guard excels as coach". Cavalier Daily. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
  4. ^ "Stokes out at Va. Tech". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. 2003-03-10. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
  5. ^ "Stokes hired to coach East Carolina".
  6. ^ "Ricky Stokes Leaving East Carolina". 23 August 2007.
  7. ^ "Former BG Assistant Named Associate Commissioner For Men's Basketball". Bowling Green Falcons. June 17, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2015.