Melvin Rice joined the Golden Gopher football staff in 2011. He serves as Minnesota's defensive quality control assistant where he is in charge of opponent scouting, self scouting, and the day-to-day operations on the defensive side of the ball.
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 the conference championship and a berth in the State playoffs.
Rice briefly played professional football for the Green Bay Blizzard in 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 an All-MAC honorable mention.
Rice holds a bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois.
THE RICE FILE
2011: Minnesota - Defensive Quality Control
2010: Northern Illinois - Graduate Assistant
2009: Morgan Park High School - Defensive Backs
Green Bay Blizzard - 2010
Northern Illinois - 2005-08
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