Travis Rice, a former NCAA Division III men’s basketball player and a coach with several years of AAU and high school experience, has been named an assistant men’s basketball coach at Plattsburgh State.
“We are extremely excited to have Travis join our staff. He brings experience as a collegiate student-athlete as well as a head coach at the AAU and high school levels.,” head coach Mike Blaine said, “Travis has great passion for the game, and his reputation for professionalism and high character precedes him. We are looking forward to Travis working with our student-athletes and making a positive impact in the campus community.”
Rice has been coaching several teams over the last four years in Springfield, Massachusetts, working with AAU and high school teams alike. At Duggan Academy, Rice worked as the head coach of the boys’ varsity basketball team, where he coordinated and oversaw team activities and practices. In his time there, he reviewed and edited game tapes, helping himself to understand game strategies and plan approaches for future games.
On the AAU side, Rice was the head coach of Expressions Elite and the Springfield Ballers. For the Expressions Elite, he took the teams to compete in Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) tournaments and also focused on player development to further the basketball skills of the players he coached. Working with the Springfield Ballers, Rice created and hosted youth basketball clinics developing player skills, as well as assisting with marketing for the team on their social media platforms.
Rice earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2017, where he was a member of the men’s basketball team from 2013-2017, playing in 34 games over his career.