Rick Callahan has been on staff under King Rice since Rice started at Monmouth prior to the 2011-12 season. He was a major part of the staff that helped put together one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2015-16, posting a record 28 wins and a MAAC regular season title.
Callahan has over 30 years of experience in the collegiate coaching ranks, and joined King Rice as an assistant coach on the Monmouth staff after a one-year stint at Radford University. Prior to Radford, Callahan spent six seasons at TCU, where he helped the Horned Frogs advance to the 2005 National Invitational Tournament (NIT) quarterfinals.
In all, Callahan has been on the sideline with 19 postseason tournament teams, nine which received NCAA Tournament berths, and nine which played in the NIT.
"Coach Callahan brings a wealth of experience to the staff," said Rice. "Rick is a high-major basketball coach for 30 years, and has the passion to help basketball players become their best, both on and off the court. I have looked up to him for years, and feel very lucky to have him on the staff."
Callahan joined TCU after spending the 2001-02 season on Jerry Dunn's bench at Penn State. Prior to coaching with the Nittany Lions, Callahan spent the previous eight seasons (1993-2001) as a member of Eddie Fogler's staff at South Carolina.
Callahan began his coaching career at Syracuse under long-time mentor and Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim, where he started as a graduate assistant in 1980 and was named an assistant coach in 1981. While with the Orange, Callahan helped guide the team to four straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Following his six years at Syracuse, Callahan moved on to Wichita State, where he teamed up with Fogler, with whom he coached with at WSU, Vanderbilt and South Carolina. At Vanderbilt, the Commodores qualified for postseason play in each of their four seasons and won the 1993 Southeastern Conference title with a school-best record of 28-6. The 1991 and 1993 squads played in the NCAA Tournament, and the '93 team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. In addition, the 1990 Vanderbilt squad won the NIT title.
From Nashville, Callahan joined Fogler at South Carolina, where they led the Gamecocks to a pair of NCAA appearances (1997, 1998) and the 1997 SEC Championship.
Callahan earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Salem College in West Virginia in 1980, and later earned a master's degree from Syracuse in 1986, in exercise physiology.