Krista Rice joined coach Mike Gawlik’s staff as an assistant coach in March, 2016.
Rice, a Michigan native, served as an assistant coach at Toledo during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and previously as a volunteer assistant coach at Michigan State, and as the first assistant at NAIA Davenport.
At Michigan State, Rice was part of a coaching staff that led the Spartans to back-to-back NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances and she worked directly with Alexis Mathews, who earned honorable mention All-America honors.
Rice focuses primarily on blocking and middle attacking, a role she has filled during previous coaching stints.
Off the court, she coordinates the program recruiting efforts, organizes and administers camps and clinics, as well as team scheduling, and the Chippewas’ community service efforts.
Rice was a four-year starter at middle blocker at Kent State from 2005-08. She is a Grand Rapids native and a 2005 graduate of East Kentwood High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Kent State in 2009.
She serves on the American Volleyball Coaches Association Assistant Coaches Committee and she has coached at both the club and high school level for years.