Rice joins the Hawks after spending the past three years as the Director of the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp for The Hoop Group. Rice oversaw all of the camp activities, while recruiting student-athletes for participation in the camps. He also developed the prestigious Eastern Invitational Team Camp, which grew from 12 teams to 64 in three years.
"Replacing Matt Brady was a priority in this off season and Mike Rice ably fills the void. He brings tremendous experiences, both in and out of the college game. He will provide an energy and enthusiasm to our program that is contagious," said Martelli, who enters his 10th season with the Hawks.
"I am excited about this opportunity, especially with the recent success and the tradition of Saint Joseph's basketball. I want to help this program maintain that level of prominence and am looking forward to working with Phil and the staff to achieve this," said Rice, who is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa.
Rice joins Monte´ Ross, who is entering his ninth year, and SJU alum Mark Bass, now in his sixth year, on the Hawk coaching staff.
The 35-year old Rice has extensive collegiate coaching experience with 10 years as an assistant coach at Fordham, Marquette, Niagara and Chicago State, working with teams that earned four posteason berths. While at Chicago State from 1998 to 2001, that squad posted the most wins in school history (12 in 1999-00). Prior to that, he spent one year at Niagara (1997-98), with a team that placed third in the MAAC.
He served as an assistant at Marquette from 1994-97, as the Golden Eagles won the 1997 Conference USA Tournament title, made consecutive NCAATournament appearances in 1996 and 1997, and was the runner-up in the 1995 NIT.
A three-year starter at Fordham, Rice helped the Rams to three 20-win seasons and post-season appearance in the NIT, while servign as captain of the team in 1990-91. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the university in 1991 and began his coaching career serving as an assistant coach there from 1991 to 1994. While on staff at his alma mater, the Rams won the 1992 Patriot League tournament title and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Rice grew up in a basketball family as his father, Mike Rice, Sr., was the head coach at Duquesne and Youngstown State during his career. The elder Rice is currently the radio play-by-play announcer for the Portland Trailblazers and has his own radio talk show.
Rice and his wife Kerry have two young children, Michael, Jr. (4) and Katie (2).
Saint Joseph's is coming off its magical season in which the Hawks went 30-2, reached the NCAA Elite Eight, were a top seed in the NCAA Tournament and posted a perfect regular season at 27-0. The Hawks return three starters from that squad although losing two NBA First Round Draft Picks in Jameer Nelson and Delonte West.