Melvin Rice joined the Golden Gopher Football staff in 2011. He serves as Minnesota's defensive quality control assistant.
Rice came to Minnesota from Northern Illinois, where he coached and played under head coach Jerry Kill. He served as a graduate assistant, coaching defensive backs in 2010 at NIU. The Huskies went 11-3 in 2010, winning the Humanitarian Bowl and earning the Mid-American Conference West Division title.
Prior to his coaching stint at NIU, Rice coached the defensive backs at Chicago's Morgan Park High School in 2009. He helped lead Morgan Park to conference and city championships and the team reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
Rice played two games of professional football for the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League in 2010 before heading to NIU as a graduate assistant. In college, Rice was a three-year starter for the Huskies. He was named the team's Most Valuable Defensive Back in 2008 and was a second-team All-MAC selection.
Rice holds a bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois.
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