College: Vanderbilt University BA ('11); Auburn University M.Ed. (’15); Auburn University School of Kinesiology Ph.D. ('19)

Current Club: Team Rogue

Position: Center Back

Height: 5'10"

Hometown: Slippery Rock, PA

Current Residence: Auburn, AL


USA Team Handball Career

2019: NACHC Championships, 1st Place

2019: Pan American Games Qualifier, 1st Place

2018: European Tour

2018: Busan International, South Korea, 4th place

2018: Busan International, South Korea, Best 7, Center Back

2017: Busan International, South Korea, 4th place

2017: Pan American Championships, 5th place

2017: Pan American Championship Nor.Ca Qualifier, 2nd place

2015: Pan American Championship Nor.Ca Qualifier, 3rd place

2015: Last Chance Pan American Games Qualifier, 2nd place

2014: Winter Classic, USA Blue Team, 1st place

2014: Named to Women's Senior National Team


Individual Team Handball Career

2019: Played for Mecalia Atletico Guardes, Spain

2018: USATH Open Nationals, High Scorer

2018: USATH Open Nationals, First Place

2017: USATH Open Nationals, First Place

2017: Michael Lipov Memorial Cup MVP and High Scorer

2017: Michael Lipov Memorial Cup, First Place


2012-2014: Played professional basketball in Romania

2012-2014: Named Guard of the Year

2012-2014: Earned All League Team honors

2011-2012: Played professional basketball in Iceland

2011-2012: Named Guard of the Year

2011-2012: Earned All League Team honors

2007-2011: Played Div. I basketball (guard) for Vanderbilt University (SEC)

2011: Only player in Vanderbilt school history to record over 1,100 points, 500 assists, and 400 rebounds

2011: Earned First Team All-SEC honors

2010: Earned Second Team All-SEC honors

2008: Named to SEC Freshmen Team


Jence learned about handball through her mother, Melinda Rhoads, a member of the 1984 U.S. Women's Olympic Handball Team. In May of 2014, Melinda attended the 30th Olympic reunion in Colorado Springs, CO. There, Melinda learned about the USATH Residency Program tryout to be held in Auburn, AL, a few months later. After receiving some encouragement from her mother, Jence attended the tryout and performed well enough to be invited to join the Residency. 

Jence accepted the invitation, citing that she could not pass up the opportunity to wear a "USA" jersey.

Before a short but very accomplished career in professional basketball overseas and in Division I basketball in the States, Jence was a star basketball and soccer player at Slippery Rock High School in Pennsylvania. She holds the school records for points and goals scored, respectively, and she is the all-time leading scorer in Butler County, male or female.


In June of 2019, Dr. Jence Rhoads completed her Ph.D at Auburn University, School of Kinesiology. 

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Last updated: July 7, 2019