King Rice

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King Rice
King Rice.jpg
Rice on the sidelines in a November, 2017 game
Current position
TitleHead coach
Record119–126 (.486)
Biographical details
Born (1968-12-14) December 14, 1968 (age 50)
Binghamton, New York
Playing career
1987–1991North Carolina
Position(s)Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1992–1993Oregon (assistant)
1993–1998Illinois State (assistant)
1998–2000Providence (assistant)
2006–2011Vanderbilt (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall119–126 (.486)
Accomplishments and honors
MAAC regular season (2016, 2017)
2× MAAC Coach of the Year (2016, 2017)

King David Rice (born December 14, 1968) is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the head men's basketball coach at Monmouth University. Rice replaced Dave Calloway as head coach of the Hawks on March 29, 2011.[1] Previously, Rice was also the head coach of the Bahamas national basketball team from 2001 to 2004. He is a native of Binghamton, New York, where he attended Binghamton High School from 1983-1987, and helped lead the basketball team to two state championships. He then starred at the University of North Carolina before becoming a coach.

High school career[edit]

Rice is a native of Binghamton, New York, where he attended Binghamton High School from 1983-1987, and helped lead the basketball team to its only two and back to back New York State Championships, as a point guard in 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons,[2] Southern Tier Athletic Conference (STAC) Championship and New York State Section IV Championships the last three years.[3] Rice was also the starting tailback on Binghamton high school's only state championship football team in 1985. Binghamton finished 4th in the USA Today high school basketball ranking in 1985-1986, while the football team finished 17th that same year. Rice received both local and state honors as a starter on both of those teams.

In 1986, he earned the honor of being named Parade All-American 4th Team. In 1987, he was named Parade All-American 2nd Team, New York Mr. Basketball,[4] as well as being named a McDonald's High School All-American.[5]

College career[edit]

Rice played point guard with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team under coach Dean Smith from the 1987-88 season until the 1990-91 season. He played in 140 games finishing his career with 629 assists, which placed him at 3rd most all time for the Tar Heels, and 11th all-time for the Atlantic Coast Conference. These teams made it to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 1988, 1989, and 1990. In the 1990-91 season, holding the title of Co-Team Captain along with Pete Chilcutt and Rick Fox, he helped the Tar Heels to a record of 29-6, reaching the 1991 NCAA Men's Final Four. He was a part of the 1989 and 1991 ACC Tournament Championship Teams. After his college basketball career, he went on to earn his bachelor's degree in Communications in 1992.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Monmouth Hawks (Northeast Conference) (2011–2013)
2011–12 Monmouth 12–20[6] 10–8[6] T–5th[7]
2012–13 Monmouth 10–21 5–13 T–10th
Monmouth Hawks (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Monmouth 11–21 5–15 9th
2014–15 Monmouth 18–15 13–7 T–3rd
2015–16 Monmouth 28–8 17–3 1st NIT Second Round
2016–17 Monmouth 27–7 18–2 1st NIT First Round
2017–18 Monmouth 11–20 7–11 T–7th
2018–19 Monmouth 10–16 9–4
Monmouth: 127–128 (.498) 84–63 (.571)
Total: 127–128 (.498)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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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