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Matt Rice
Position: Offensive Graduate Assistant
Hometown: McFarland, Wis.
High School: Mcfarland HS

Rice enters his third season at Arizona after joining the staff shortly before 2008 spring practice to work with the offensive coaches. He has primary duties helping offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, plus also coaches the defensive scout team.

Rice, 31, is in his ninth year of coaching and came to Arizona from Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he served three seasons as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator.

He was a graduate assistant at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.., from 2003 to 2005, where he had duties as special teams coordinator and tight ends/fullbacks coach. Prior to that stint, he coached both lines at McFarland, Wis., High School in 2002.

Rice earned an undergraduate degree in physical education from Wisconsin-Whitewater with a minor in coaching in 2001. A three-year starter at defensive tackle, he lettered four years for the Warhawks. He earned his master's degree while coaching at Northern State.

Rice and the former Alicia Verhage were married in 2007.

The Matt Rice File

Offensive Graduate Assistant Coach Date of birth March 28, 1979, McFarland, Wis. High School: McFarland High School College: Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2001 Master's, Northern State, 2006

Rice in the Postseason 2004 Mineral Water Bowl, Northern Catst graduate assistant 2007 NCAA D-III Playoffs, 2nd Round, Wisconsin-Eau Claire coach 2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, Arizona graduate assistant 2009 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, Arizona graduate assistant