MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2011
Rice coming back home to men's rowing
Montia Rice is going to find out if you can, in fact, go home again.

Rice, who graduated from Jacksonville University in 2006 with a BS in history and a minor in English, and coached at JU, is heading back to the program as an assistant, head coach Jim Mitchell announced.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to be back coaching at my alma mater,’’ Montia, who will begin work Aug. 16, said. “I look forward to being a part of the team's continuing growth and success."

After beginning his rowing career at the prestigious St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland, N.J., Rice was recruited to JU where he rowed all four years. He found much success by winning several titles including gold at FIRA, gold at SIRA and medaling at Dad Vail’s. He was a two-year captain for the Dolphins and spent summers at the Penn Athletic Rowing Club. Montia coached the Dolphins in 2006-07 before heading to Gainesville in the fall of 2008 and at position at Florida.

In his first year there, he led the Novice Men’s 4+ to a third-place finish at both FIRA and SIRA. After two successful years as novice men’s coach, he was promoted to varsity men’s head coach and last year led the team to silver in the Men’s Championship 4+ at Head of the Hooch and a bronze medal at States in both Men’s 4+ and 8. The season ended with the Varsity 8 reaching the semifinals at Dad Vail, missing the petit final by less than a second.

As happy as Montia is to be back home, Mitchell is to have him.

“I am really excited for Montia to re-join our program,’’ Mitchell said. “He was a quality student-athlete and freshman coach during his previous stint here and I know he has gained valuable experience at the University of Florida. With his background, I truly believe Montia will be an outstanding role model and leader for our young men who strive to win championships.’’