Tice, a 1986 Malone graduate, has served as an assistant coach with the program for the last five seasons, helping the Pioneers compile a 21-10 record and reach the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship Game in 2013-14.
Tice also served two prior stints on the Malone men’s basketball staff with long-time head coach Hal Smith, first as a student assistant, then again as an assistant coach from 2001-05. Tice also played baseball for long time Malone coach Bob Starcher. Starcher would later join Tice as part of his baseball staff at Lake High School.
Prior to joining the Pioneer women’s basketball staff, Tice worked the previous four seasons as part of the boys’ staff at Green High School for Mark Kinsley. The Bulldogs were District Runner-ups in 2010-2011 and Sectional Champs in 2009-2010. Tice was also named Federal League and District 4 Coach of the Year during his time as the head girls’ coach at Lake High School.
In addition to coaching, Tice has also served as Malone’s Assistant Athletic Director for the past year in which he has had numerous responsibilities, including home game management, scheduling, contracts and business operations. He will maintain this title moving forward as he continues to serve in an administrative role within the athletic department.
Tice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Computer Science with Secondary Educations from Malone in 1986. He then completed his Master’s Degree from the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Alabama in 1989 and has previously taught in the Mathematics department at Malone.
Tice resides in Green with daughter Allison (19), a current freshman at Malone, and son Robbie (15).
“Coach Tice knows first-hand how important a coach can be in the lives of his or her players,” commented Grimes. “As an alumnus of our department, longtime assistant coach, and current administrator, Rick will intentionally care for our student-athletes, positively motivating them to be the best they can be both on and off the court. I’m confident in his abilities to coach excellence in basketball, and also in his commitment to live out our “Christ Kingdom First” mission everyday with our students.”
The Pioneers are tentatively scheduled to open their season on the road during the weekend of November 12th.