Dave Rice (basketball)

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Dave Rice
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Current position
TitleAssistant coach
Biographical details
Born (1968-08-29) August 29, 1968 (age 51)
Pomona, California
Playing career
1987–1989Mt. San Antonio CC
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1992UNLV (GA)
1993–1994Chaffey CC (assistant)
1994–2004UNLV (assistant)
2004–2005Utah State (assistant)
2005–2011BYU (associate HC)
2016–2017Nevada (assistant)
2017–presentWashington (assistant)
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–2 (NCAA Division I)

David Wayne Rice (born August 29, 1968) is an American college basketball coach and is the former head men's basketball coach at UNLV where he ranks as the program's third-winningest coach[1]. He spent the 2016-2017 season as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada, Reno, and an assistant coach at the University of Washington for the past two seasons (2017-present).

Rice has served as a Division I assistant coach for 21 seasons. His first 11 seasons as a college assistant he spent at UNLV with those teams tallying 205 wins during that time[2].  

In his most recent 10 seasons as an assistant coach, Rice has worked at Utah State, BYU, Nevada and Washington. The cumulative record of those teams during those 10 years was 259-82 for a .759 winning percentage[3]. Those 10 seasons culminated in eight trips to the NCAA Tournament, two berths in the NIT, and eight league championships - six regular season conference titles and two conference tournament titles. Those teams dominated in conference play with six first place finishes, three second place finishes and one sixth place finish.[4]

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. Rice was also a member of the 1990-91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team that went 34-1 and advanced to the 1991 Final Four. He earned his bachelor's degree from UNLV in 1991 and an MBA in 1993, and was a Rhodes scholar candidate.

Coaching career[edit]

After graduating from UNLV, Rice began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach for Jerry Tarkanian during the 1991-92 season. That team finished 26-2 and was #7 in the final AP poll.

Claremont High School[edit]

Rice spent the 1992-93 year as an assistant coach at Claremont High School for his father, Lowell Rice. Claremont High School finished 21-7 and won the Baseline League Championship.

Chaffey Community College[edit]

For the 1993-94 season, Rice became an assistant coach at Chaffey Community College. The 1993-94 Chaffey team finished with a 32-6 record and advanced to the California Community College Final Four.

UNLV (Assistant)[edit]

Rice returned to UNLV for the 1994-95 season as an assistant coach for Tim Grgurich. He spent 10 seasons at UNLV under head coaches Grgurich, Bill Bayno and Charlie Spoonhour. During that time UNLV made seven post-season appearances, won a Mountain West Conference regular season conference title (2000) and two conference tournament titles (WAC in 1998, MWC in 2000).

Utah State[edit]

Rice left UNLV for Stew Morill's staff at Utah State University when UNLV hired Lon Kruger. Rice spent 2004-05 at Utah State. The Aggies finished the season 24-8, won the Big West conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Brigham Young University (BYU)[edit]

Rice became an assistant at BYU under Dave Rose in 2005. He was named Associate Head Coach at BYU in 2008.[5] Rice spent six seasons at BYU. During that time, BYU won four regular season championships, made the NCAA Tournament five times and the National Invitational Tournament once. The 2009-10 BYU team finished 30-6 and advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. The 2010-11 BYU team finished 32-5 and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. That team also featured Jimmer Fredette, who was the National Player of the Year. Rice left BYU after he was hired to replace Kruger at UNLV in 2011.[6]

UNLV (Head coach)[1][edit]

Dave Rice was the head coach at UNLV for four full seasons (2011–16). During that time, Rice compiled a 98-54 record, ranking him third all-time in wins at the school. Rice won 51 games his first two seasons which was the most in the first two seasons by a UNLV head coach. During his time at UNLV, Rice won 10 games against teams ranked in the Top 25. Marquee wins included a 90-80 victory over #1 North Carolina on Nov. 27, 2011[7] in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational, and #3 Arizona 71-67 on Dec. 23, 2014.[8]

Rice also had two players selected in the first round of the NBA draft including the #1 overall pick in 2013, Anthony Bennett and the 2015 #17 pick, Rashad Vaughn.

In the 2015-16 season, UNLV started 7-1[9] including wins over ranked opponents, Indiana[10] and Oregon.[11] But after losing five of his last six games, and an 0-3 start to conference, Rice was forced to resign as the Runnin’ Rebels head coach[12] on January 10, 2016, and was replaced by interim coach Todd Simon.[13]

University of Nevada[edit]

Rice joined Eric Musselman's staff as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada on April 27, 2016.[14]

Rice was instrumental in Nevada's 28-7 Mountain West Regular season championship as well as its Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship, catapulting it into the NCAA Tournament. The Wolf Pack lost to #5 seed Iowa State in the first round, 84-73

University of Washington[edit]

Newly named Huskies head coach Mike Hopkins hired Rice as an assistant coach on April 4, 2017.[15] During the 2017-18 season, Rice helped lead Washington to a 21-13 record including, 10-8 in Pac-12 play. The team beat three Top 25 ranked teams: #2 Kansas, #9 Arizona, and #25 Arizona State. The team far surpassed expectations being picked to finish 10th in the preseason, but instead finished sixth. The Huskies were selected for the National Invitational Tournament making it to the second round before losing to St. Mary's 85-81.

During the 2018-19 season Rice helped lead Washington[16] to a 27-9 record. The team was 15-3 in PAC-12 play and won the regular season conference championship by three games. The Huskies also advanced to the championship game of the PAC-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. The Huskies earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament as the ninth-seed in the Midwest Region. Washington won its first game of the NCAA Tournament upending the higher eighth-seed Utah State 78-61

Washington was eliminated with an 81-59 loss to top-seeded North Carolina in the second round to end a their successful season.  

Dave Rice Foundation[edit]

Rice and his wife, Mindy, established the Dave Rice Foundation in the spring of 2012. The foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of health initiatives including developmental disorders such as Autism, and other charitable causes.[17] It has awarded over $600,000 in grants to various Autism-related organizations in Southern Nevada.[18]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UNLV Runnin' Rebels (Mountain West Conference) (2011–2016)
2011–12 UNLV 26–9 9–5 3rd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2012–13 UNLV 25–10 10–6 3rd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2013–14 UNLV 20–13 10–8 T–3rd
2014–15 UNLV 18–15 8–10 7th
2015–16 UNLV 9–7* 0–3*
UNLV: 98–54 (.645) 37–32 (.536)

*resigned on January 10, 2016

Total: 98–54 (.645)


  1. ^ "UNLV Runnin' Rebels Basketball History". Coaches Database. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  2. ^ "Dave Rice Coaching Record". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  3. ^ "Dave Rice Coaching Record". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  4. ^ "Mike Hopkins completes assistant coaching staff with hire of ex-UNLV head coach Dave Rice". thenewstribune. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  5. ^ "ksl.com - BYU names Dave Rice Associate Head Coach". www.ksl.com. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  6. ^ "Dave Rice Named New UNLV Men's Basketball Coach". University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  7. ^ "UNLV vs. North Carolina - Game Recap - November 26, 2011 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  8. ^ MyLVsports (2014-12-24), UNLV Hoops: Rebels Upset #3 Arizona, retrieved 2016-03-09
  9. ^ "UNLV beats Ducks 80-69 in men's basketball". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  10. ^ Review-Journal, Matt Youmans Las Vegas. "Rebels take down No. 13 Indiana, 72-69 — PHOTOS". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  11. ^ Sports, Fox. "UNLV Rebels beat Oregon Ducks". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  12. ^ "UNLV basketball: Dave Rice resigns as head coach". NCAA.com. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  13. ^ Gartner, Jordan. "UNLV: Dave Rice out; Todd Simon named interim head coach". www.fox5vegas.com. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  14. ^ "Musselman adds Rice to staff". www.nevadawolfpack.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  15. ^ "Mike Hopkins completes assistant coaching staff with hire of ex-UNLV head coach Dave Rice". thenewstribune. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  16. ^ "Ex-UNLV coach Dave Rice takes high road with Pac-12 champs". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2019-03-13. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  17. ^ "The Dave Rice Foundation a very personal cause for the UNLV basketball family". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  18. ^ "Dave Rice Foundation has exceeded coach's expectations". LasVegasSun.com. Retrieved 2016-03-09.

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