King Rice named to Vanderbilt staff

King Rice, a former point guard at North Carolina and assistant coach at Oregon, Illinois State and Providence, has been named to the Vanderbilt basketball staff, Commodores head coach Kevin Stallings announced Thursday.

Rice, 37, served as an assistant to Stallings for five seasons at Illinois State from 1994-98, helping the Redbirds advance to postseason play four times, including two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Rice helped spearhead recruiting efforts and was noted for his solid relationships with players.

"I'm very excited to add King to our staff," Stallings said. "We worked well together at Illinois State. He is an outstanding recruiter, does a great job on the floor, and has shown an ability to develop a strong rapport with players. I'm fully confident that King will be a great addition to what I consider an excellent staff of coaches."

Prior to his stint in Normal, Ill., Rice began his coaching career as an assistant on Jerry Green's Oregon staff during the 1993 campaign. Following his five seasons with Stallings at Illinois State, Rice was an assistant for two years (1999-2000) at Providence under current head coach Tim Welsh.

"I'm looking forward to joining a great coaching staff at Vanderbilt," said Rice, who officially begins work today. "Kevin Stallings is one of the top minds in college basketball and to get the opportunity to work with him is great for myself and my family. I feel very strongly that I will be able to sell prospects on all that Vanderbilt has to offer."

As a point guard at North Carolina from 1988-91, Rice played under legendary coach Dean Smith helping the Tar Heels to a 29-6 overall mark and appearance at the NCAA Final Four in 1991. He finished his career ranked third on the Tar Heels all-time assist list with 629. His assist numbers rank 11th all-time in the Atlantic Coast Conference, averaging 6.2 assists in 140 career games. Rice was voted most outstanding senior by his teammates in 1991 after receiving recognition as the squad's top defensive player during his junior season.

A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Rice earned his bachelor's degree in communications from North Carolina in 1992.

Rice served as head coach of the Bahamian National team for three seasons from 2002-2004.

Along with North Carolina teammate Rick Fox, Rice formed CarolinaPros, Inc., in 1998. The service organization currently sponsors a variety of community-based events and provides assistance through mentoring programs, scholarships, skill development and donor education.

Rice worked as a professional trainer to Fox for five years. Fox logged 13 seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers from 1992-2004.

Rice's family includes his wife, Summer, son, Alexander and niece, Dominique. Top Stories