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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.
As a point guard for the Virginia Cavaliers, Stokes set the record for career games played with 134, a record that he still holds. 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.
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 Huskies men's basketball#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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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. After compiling a 14–44 record in two seasons, Stokes chose to resign rather than accept an administrative position within the ECU athletic department.
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- Associated Press (2003-03-10). "Stokes out at Va. Tech". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
- "Former BG Assistant Named Associate Commissioner For Men's Basketball". Bowling Green Falcons. June 17, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2015.