School officials on Wednesday announced that they had hired Rhoades, the associate head coach at VCU. The Rams went 137-46 during his five seasons at VCU, including a trip to the 2011 Final Four.
Rhoades takes over for Ben Braun, who resigned March 13 after the Owls finished the season at 7-23.
Rhodes will formally be introduced during a news conference Thursday afternoon in Houston.
• Braun resigns as head coach at Rice