Veteran Hiram College Assistant Football Coach Larry Rice will cap a successful career having been named the recipient of the 2007 Assistant College Coach-of-the-Year Award by the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Since its establishment in 1988, the Northeastern Ohio Chapter has made a significant impact in the game of football throughout the region. The chapter encompasses 203 high schools while attempting to play a key role in a game that is a major part of the area’s culture. In addition to honoring scholar-athletes and staging coaching academies, the chapter has developed such honors to symbolize great coaching achievements in high school football as well as on the collegiate level.
Rice, who will be retiring in early May, has coached at Hiram for the past 27 years. He has had many titles and duties during his tenure at Hiram coaching both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Rice has spent the last several seasons working with the defensive line. In the off season, he has served as the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator.
Rice has served under six head coaches during his 27 years at Hiram. He began his coaching career at the College in 1981 when Joe Malmisur was the head coach (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.
Off the field, Rice continued his work with students as a teacher and instructor in Hiram’s Health and Physical Education Department. He is a 1966 graduate of Heidelberg College and excelled as a member of the Student Princes’ football team as a student-athlete.
In addition to coaching at Hiram, Rice served as an assistant and head coach at a number of high schools including Mentor High School, Lorain Clearview High School, Fairport Harbor High School, Garrettsville Garfield High School, and Chardon High School.
“I am honored to be receiving this award,” said Rice. “I have had an enjoyable 27-year career coaching football and to receive an Assistant Coach-of-the Year Award in my final season, is a highlight of my career that I will never forget.”
Rice will receive his award at the Chapter’s 20th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet that will be held on Monday, Apr. 28 at the LaCentre in Westlake. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The awards program will follow the reception and dinner.