The Rice File Birthplace: Richland, Wash. High School: Richland (Wash.) High College: Washington State University, 1986 (B.A. Physical Education) University of Oregon, 1991 (M.S. Management & Program Development) Coaching Experience: 1987-88 - Boy’s Assistant Coach, Pasco (Wash.) High 1988-90 - Graduate Assistant Men’s Coach University of Oregon 1990-92 - Assistant Men’s Coach University of Oregon 1992-95 - Assistant Men’s Coach University of Northern Colorado 1995-97 - Assistant Men’s Coach Yakima Valley College 1997-98 - Co-Head Men’s Coach Yakima Valley College 1998-99 - Head Men’s Coach Yakima Valley College 1999-2007 - Assistant Men’s Coach Gonzaga University 2007-pres. - Associate Head Men’s Coach Gonzaga University
The duo coached YVC to a 103-26 overall record and 40-8 league record in four seasons. Rice has coached 18 student-athletes who have gone on to play basketball at 4-year schools, including the Bulldogs’ Quentin Hall who was a 1999 Gonzaga senior. YVC had six players from the 1999 squad who joined 4-year programs. Few and Rice have known each other for 21 years, the two of them becoming acquainted when Rice was on Don Monson’s staff at the University of Oregon and the two worked Monson’s camp together. “He’s definitely someone you’d want your son to play for. I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for Mark,” Rice said. “He has the character and values of someone I’d like to work for.” Rice received his B.A. in physical education from Washington State University in 1986 and his M.A. in athletic administration, management and program development from Oregon in 1991. After one year of high school coaching, he began his collegiate career as a graduate assistant coach at Oregon in 1989, then served two seasons as a fulltime assistant coach for the Ducks. He was the head assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley for three seasons prior to going to YVC. Rice and his wife, Robin, have three sons, Brock (1997), Max (1999) and Kade (2003).
Wife: Robin Rice Children: Brock (1997) Max (1999) Kade (2003)
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