DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumnus Rick Tice has been named head coach of the women’s basketball team at Malone University in Canton, Ohio.
A long-time coach, educator and athletic administrator, Tice also serves as assistant athletic director at the NCAA Division II university, where his administrative duties include game management, scheduling, contracts and business operations.
Tice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, computer science and secondary education from Malone in 1986. He earned his Master of Sport Science in sport coaching from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., in 1989.
Tice, who resides in Green, Ohio, has served as an assistant coach with the Malone women’s basketball program for the last five seasons. Highlights include helping lead the Pioneers in 2013-14 to a 21-10 record and an appearance in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship game.
Prior to joining the Pioneer women’s basketball staff, Tice coached at high schools in the metropolitan Canton area. Tice worked the previous four seasons on the boys basketball coaching staff at Green High School in Green, Ohio. The Bulldogs were district runner-ups in 2010-2011 and sectional champions in 2009-10. Tice also previously served as head girls basketball coach at Lake High School in Uniontown, Ohio, where he was named Federal League and District 4 Coach of the Year. He also served on the baseball coaching staff at Lake.
Tice also served two prior stints on the Malone men’s basketball staff, first as a student assistant, and then as an assistant coach from 2001-05. He also previously taught in the mathematics department at Malone.
“Coach Tice knows first-hand how important a coach can be in the lives of his or her players,” said Malone Athletic Director Charlie Grimes in making the appointment. “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.”
Tice said his Academy degree has been crucial to the advancement of his career.
“The scheduling option was crucial to my decision to attend the United Sports Academy,” Tice said. “At the time I was able to continue in my current position as a high school teacher and coach and complete my degree in just over one year.
“The faculty was exceptional; most were leaders in their field. The quality of the instructors was excellent and instructor availability was very good.
“The courses provided me with the needed information to further my career, and they continue to be a solid foundation for what I do as a coach and an athletic administrator.
“At each step of my career a degree from the Academy has been crucial for the opportunity to separate myself from other candidates.
“Without a doubt, my time at the Academy provided me with knowledge and friendships that continue to be an important part of my career.”
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.