Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Hiram's Rice Named Asst. Coach of the Year

Veteran Hiram Assistant Football Coach Larry Rice will cap his successful career with the 2007 Assistant Coach-of-the-Year Award from the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Rice, who will be retiring in early May, has coached at Hiram for the past 27 years. He has had many titles and duties and has coached both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. For the last several seasons, he has focused on the defensive line. In the off season, he has served as the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator.

He became a Terrier in 1981 under Joe Malmisur (1969-82). Rice then served under Don Charlton (1983-91), Bob Thomas (1992-2000), Mike Meyer (2001-03), Mike Lazusky (2004-06) and current head coach Bob Wolfe.

In addition to coaching at Hiram, Rice served as an assistant and head coach at a number of high schools including Mentor, Lorain Clearview, Fairport Harbor, Garrettsville Garfield, and Chardon.

Off the field, Rice is a teacher and instructor in the Health and Physical Education Department.

He will receive his award at the Chapter’s 20th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet that will be held on Monday, Apr. 28 at LaCentre in Westlake. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The awards program will follow.

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