Mike Rice is the newest addition to the Saint Joseph's basketball staff, having joined the Hawks in 2004-05 and being a part of the team's run to the NIT Finals.
Rice assists Coach Martelli with all duties, but one of his primary responsibilities is working with the Hawks' post players. Prior to coming to Saint Joseph's, he spent 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.
Rice possesses extensive collegiate coaching experience having spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Fordham, Marquette, Niagara and Chicago State, 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 and made consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 1996 and 1997. Marquette also finished as the runner-up in the 1995 NIT during Rice's tenure.
A three-year starter at Fordham, Rice helped the Rams to three 20-win seasons and a post-season appearance in the NIT, while serving as captain of the team in 1990-91. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Fordham 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, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, 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, reside in Wayne, PA, with their children, Michael, Jr. (7) and Katie (5).