Paul Rice
Paul Rice
Title: Assistant Coach - DBs, Special Teams Coordinator
Phone: 203-432-1418
Recruiting Areas: California (North), Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada (Reno), Oregon, Utah, Washington

Paul Rice ’10, the captain of the 2009 Yale football team, was named the Bulldogs’ outside linebackers coach in February 2013. He took over as special teams coordinator in 2015 and he was selected by the American Football Coaches Foundation® for he AFCA 30 Under 30 Coaches’ Leadership Institute in 2016.

The former Yale star coached a pair of All-Ivy performers in 2015 in punter Bryan Holmes and linebacker Matt Oplinger, who repeated in 2016.

Rice, who moved to the defensive backs at Yale for 2017, came back to New Haven after a year as an offensive graduate assistant coach at Georgia Tech, where he helped the Yellow Jackets to a 7-7 season and a 2012 Sun Bowl victory over Southern California.

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.