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Jence Rhoads

Athlete Bio




Dec 31, 1988


Slippery Rock, PA


Slippery Rock Area High School Vanderbilt University (B.A. ’11) & Auburn University (M.Ed. ’15) (Ph.D. ’19)

Daughter of Melinda and Posey…Sister of Karly and Kourtney…Was a basketball and soccer player at Slippery Rock Area High School…Holds the school records for points and goals scored, respectively, and is the all-time leading scorer in Butler County, male or female…First learned about handball through her mother, Melinda Rhoads, a member of the 1984 U.S. Women's Olympic Handball Team…Attneded the tryout for the USATH Residency Program after Melinda learned about the program at the 30th Olympic reunion in Colorado Springs…Joined the Residency Program and has been an athlete with USA Team Handball ever since, competing at the national and international levels…Was an accomplished basketball player before handball…Played NCAA Division I collegiate basketball at Vanderbilt University, where she was a four-year scholarship athlete and starting point guard…Also played professional basketball in Europe for three years after college, playing in Iceland and Romania and achieving team and personal accolades.

Career Highlights
  • 2019 Pan American Games - 4th (Lima, Peru)
  • 2019: Played for Mecalia Atletico Guardes (A Guarda, Spain)
  • 2019 North American and Caribbean Handball Confederation (NACHC) Championships - 5th (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • 2019: Named to Women's Senior National Beach Handball Athlete Pool
  • 2018 Pan American Games Qualifier - 1st (Montreal, Canada)
  • 2018 Busan International - 4th, Best Seven, Best Center Back (Busan, South Korea)
  • 2018 U.S. Open National Championships - 1st, High Scorer (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
  • 2018 Michael Lipov Memorial Cup - 1st, High Scorer (Chicago, Illinois)
  • 2017 Busan International - 4th (Busan, South Korea)
  • 2017 Pan American Championships - 5th (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • 2017 Pan American Championship (Nor.Ca Qualifier) - 2nd (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
  • 2017 U.S. Open National Championships - 1st (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
  • 2017 Michael Lipov Memorial Cup - 1st, MVP, High Scorer (Chicago, Illinois)
  • 2015 Last-Chance Pan American Games Qualifier - 2nd (Montevideo, Uruguay)
  • 2015 Pan American Championships - 10th (Havana, Cuba)
  • 2015 Pan American Championship Nor.Ca Qualifier - 3rd (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
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