Dave Rice (basketball)

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Dave Rice
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Biographical details
Born (1968-08-29) August 29, 1968 (age 46)
Pomona, California
Playing career
Mt. San Antonio CC
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
UNLV (grad. asst.)
Chaffey CC (asst.)
UNLV (asst.)
Utah State (asst.)
BYU (asst.)
Accomplishments and honors

MWC regular season (2000, 2007–2009, 2011)
Big West Tournament (2005)
WAC regular season (1999)
WAC Tournament (1998)

As player:

  • NCAA champion (1990)

David Wayne Rice (born August 29, 1968) is an American college basketball coach and the head men's basketball coach at UNLV. Rice replaced Lon Kruger as head coach of the Rebels on April 10, 2011.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Rice played for legendary UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, part of the 1989-90 UNLV Runnin' Rebels squad that won the NCAA men's basketball championship. He earned his bachelors from UNLV 1991 and a MBA in 1993, and was a Rhodes scholar candidate.

Coaching career[edit]

After graduating from UNLV, Rice became an assistant coach for the Rebels, where he spent 11 seasons under head coaches Jerry Tarkanian, Tim Grgurich, Bill Bayno and Charlie Spoonhour. He left for Utah State University when UNLV hired Lon Kruger, and later was an assistant coach under Dave Rose at Brigham Young University.

He was hired to replace Kruger at UNLV in 2011.


UNLV has compiled wins over in-state rival UNR,[2] a then-#19 Illinois, California,[3] with his staple coming on November 26, 2011 as UNLV beat then-#1 North Carolina 90–80 in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UNLV Runnin' Rebels (Mountain West Conference) (2011–present)
2011–12 UNLV 26–9 9–5 3rd NCAA Second Round
2012–13 UNLV 25–10 10–6 3rd NCAA Second Round
2013–14 UNLV 20–13 10–8 T–3rd
2014–15 UNLV 11-9 2-5
UNLV: 90-42 (.679) 30–22 (.577)
Total: 89–42 (.679)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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