Mike Venezia returned to VCU as director of student-athlete development in April of 2017.
A former Rams graduate assistant and an alumnus of the VCU Center for Sport Leadership, Venezia will focus on the off-court development of the program’s student-athletes.
Prior to joining Mike Rhoades’ staff, Venezia served as a graduate assistant for Shaka Smart at Texas from 2015-17. Venezia was also a graduate assistant for Smart during his final season at VCU in 2014-15.
Venezia began his coaching career in 2013, when he worked as the director of basketball for the Basketball Stars of New York, an AAU and youth travel basketball program located in New York City. Venezia managed more than 40 youth teams that catered to more than 300 athletes.
A native of Westfield, New Jersey, Venezia was a four-year standout, and three-year captain, on the court at Colgate. In 109 career games for the Raiders, including 76 starts, Venezia scored 1,027 points and knocked down 196 three-pointers. A two-year team captain, Venezia was named to the Patriot League’s All-Rookie Team average he averaged 7.4 points and buried 38 percent (38-of-101) of his 3-pointers. He averaged 9.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game during his career.
He later played one professional season in for KK Tajfun Sentjur in Sentjur, Slovenia. He averaged 8.8 points per game and was named MVP of the Hopsi Polzela Tournament.
Venezia received his undergraduate degrees in economics and sociology and anthropology from Colgate in 2012. He added a master’s from VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership in 2016 and another in kinesiology from Texas in 2017.