Skyview High School’s offensive-line coach Scott Rice got the call Thursday to become the new head coach of the Ridgefield High School football program.
Rice lives in Ridgefield with his wife, Kelsi, and their two sons, Grady and Lincoln. He currently teaches AP Social Studies at Skyview High School in Vancouver.
“I am beyond excited to become a part of the Ridgefield community and football program,” Rice stated in a new release from the district. “Becoming a head coach in this community has been a dream of mine, and I am humbled to get the opportunity to grow Ridgefield into one of the top tier programs in Southwest Washington and the state. I cannot wait to get to work building a program that reflects the ideals of the school and community.”
According to the release, Rice earned a bachelors in history and political science for secondary education from Carroll College in Montana. During his career, Rice has taught AP classes in government, politics, economics and history at Aberdeen High School and at Skyview High School in the Vancouver School District in addition to his coaching duties at both schools.
Rice served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Aberdeen High School, starting in 2010. He moved to Skyview in 2014, where he coached the offensive line for five seasons, and was also an assistant coach for the school’s track and field team.
“Coach Rice has a great deal of football knowledge and prides himself in his ability to connect with his athletes and develop relationships. He recognizes that it is more than just a game; it is a tool to teach valuable life lessons and build character,” stated athletic director Brynan Shipley. “(Rice’s) shared vision, sense of community and plans for the development of a whole program-wide philosophy and culture were qualities that set him apart in the selection process. He is a forward-thinking coach with a contagious passion and enthusiasm for the game.”
During his time at Colville High School in Colville, Washington, Rice earned varsity letters in football, basketball and track and field. Rice played linebacker at Carroll College for four years and participated in two NAIA national championships (2005 and 2007) with the Fighting Saints.
“We are excited to welcome Scott to the district,” stated Superintendent Dr. Nathan McCann. “His commitment in growing a top tier football program in keeping with the ideals of both school and community aligns well with the district’s pursuit of premier.”