Vanderbilt assistant King Rice to coach Monmouth

Monmouth hired Vanderbilt assistant King Rice as its basketball

coach Tuesday, looking to put the basketball program on course

after five straight losing seasons.

He replaces Dave Calloway, who resigned under pressure. The

Northeast Conference school plans to introduce Rice at a news

conference Wednesday.

Rice, once a point guard who played for Dean Smith at North

Carolina, has 13 seasons of college coaching experience, including

10 years working for current Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings.

Rice and Stallings were together for five seasons at Illinois

State (1994-98) and the last five at Vanderbilt, which made the

NCAA tournament four of the last five seasons.

”He brought a tremendous amount of energy, liveliness, hard

work, and dedication to his position here at Vanderbilt, and I

believe those attributes will make him a very successful head coach

at Monmouth,” Stallings said.

The 42-year-old Rice also worked at Providence and Oregon. He

was the head coach of the Bahamas national team from 2001-04.

Rice played at North Carolina from 1988-91, helping the Tar

Heels to a spot in the 1991 Final Four. He ranks third in assists

on the school’s career list.