Melvin Rice joined the Golden Gopher Football staff in the spring of 2011. He serves as Minnesota's defensive quality control assistant.
Rice came to Minnesota from Northern Illinois, where he coached and played under then-Huskie 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 Morgan Park High School in Chicago during the 2009 season. He helped lead Morgan Park to the conference championship and the team reached the IHSA State Playoffs.
Rice played in one game of professional Arena Football for the Green Bay Blizzard in 2010, before accepting the graduate assistant position at NIU. As a collegiate player, Rice was a three-year starter for the Huskies. He was named the team's Most Valuable Defensive Back in 2008.
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