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
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.