Vanderbilt hoops assistant leaves to become Monmouth head coach

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 4:41pm

King Rice's days of working for Kevin Stallings are finished.

Rice was named the new head coach at Division I Monmouth (N.J.) University on Tuesday.

It is the first head coaching job for Rice, who has spent the last five years as an assistant at Vanderbilt. He also was on Stallings’ staff at Illinois State from 1994-98.

"We want to congratulate King and his family for this great opportunity to be a collegiate head coach," Stallings said. "He brought a tremendous amount of energy, liveliness, hard work and dedication to his position here at Vanderbilt, and I believe those attributes will make him a very successful head coach at Monmouth."

Rice, a native of Binghamton, N.Y., did not return a message left on his cell phone earlier Tuesday. 

The 41-year-old also has been as an assistant at Oregon (1992-93) and Providence (1999-00) as well. He played point guard for Dean Smith at North Carolina from 1988-91 and helped the Tar Heels to the Final Four in 1991.

The Monmouth job came open when Dave Calloway resigned on Feb. 27 after 14 years as Monmouth’s head coach. He led the private school, which competes in the Northeast Conference, to the NCAA Tournament in 2001, 2004 and 2006 but was just 48-105 over the last five years.

Calloway told the Associated Press in February that “it wasn’t my choice” to resign.