KING RICE SELECTED TO ASSIST WITH USA BASKETBALL MEN'S U19 WORLD CUP TEAM
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Monmouth Basketball Head Coach King Rice has been selected to assist the 2017 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Cup Team as a court coach during upcoming training camp, the organization announced Friday. Rice joins three other collegiate head coaches as court coaches during the scheduled training camp in June at the United States Olympic Training Center.
“Any time you have the opportunity to represent your country and represent USA basketball, that's the biggest honor you could have in this game,” said Rice. “I'm honored that they would think of me as a coach to join their program, and I'm truly honored and humbled to be a part of it.”
Rice joins collegiate coaches Sean Hanrahan of Warner University, Dan Muller of Illinois State University and Jeremy Shulman of Eastern Florida State College as court coaches for the U19 World Cup Team. They will assist the coaching staff made up of Kentucky's John Calipari, Colorado's Tad Boyle and Wake Forest's Danny Manning during training camp from June 18-20 in Colorado Springs, and will continue at camp until June 25.
“We are excited to have Sean, Dan, King and Jeremy at camp to assist in the U19 World Cup staff as court coaches,” said Matt Painter, chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee and head coach at Purdue. “They all bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that will help us select a great team to compete in these games.”
Monmouth's head man joins a group that has won two straight U19 gold medals, and will look for its fourth gold medal in five tries at the event in Cairo, Egypt from July 1-9. Athletes eligible for the team must be 19 years old (born on or after January 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens.
Rice has been named MAAC Coach of the Year in two consecutive seasons after leading the Hawks to back-to-back regular season titles and a league record 18 wins in conference games last season. He has 55 wins in the last two years and has topped six high-major programs.
“I'm looking forward to learning from the staff and all those involved,” said Rice. “This is something new for me, and I'm going in as the new guy to try and learn and also bring energy and enthusiasm to the job.”