February 19, 2013

Rice Named OLB Coach

Former Captain Returns After Year at Georgia Tech

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Paul Rice '10, the captain of the 2009 Yale football team, has been named the Bulldogs' new outside linebackers coach.

Rice, replacing Drew Petzing, who took a job with the Cleveland Browns, comes back to New Haven after a year as an offensive graduate assistant coach at Georgia Tech. He helped the Yellow Jackets to a 7-7 season and a 2012 Sun Bowl victory over Southern California.

"The Yale Football Family is ecstatic to have Paul back home," said Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football. "We look forward to him building on the exceptional work of Drew Petzing, who did a great job of mentoring our players and recruiting."

Rice was a four-year Yale starter who began as one of the biggest cornerbacks in the country and finished his collegiate career as a first-team All-Ivy linebacker. He accumulated 196 tackles, six interceptions and numerous big plays with the football in his hands while earning league honors three seasons.

The former Ohio Division III co-defensive player of the year and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete at University High School in Cleveland Heights helped the Bulldogs lead the nation in scoring defense consecutive seasons.

Rice played one season for the L'Hospitalet Pioners (Barcelona, Spain) in the spring of 2011. He served as a player/coach, competing on both sides of the ball and helping the Pioners to a national championship.

Rice, the former political science major in Silliman College, was a volunteer with the Yale football team in the fall of 2011.