Hilbert Hires Rice to Lead Golf Team

Former golf pro joins the Hawks
Release Date:
August 24, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NYKevin Rice, who has more than 10 years experience coaching and instructing golf at area high schools and country clubs, has been named head coach at Hilbert College, announced Susan Viscomi, director of athletics.

“With Kevin’s proven track record of success and expertise in teaching the game of golf, we are excited about the new direction for our program. His ties to local courses will allow us to expand both our practice and hosting capabilities. Our team will benefit tremendously from these upgrades.” said Viscomi.
Rice most recently served as the Section IV Coordinator for Boys high school golf the last three years. Prior to that, he was the varsity coach at Silver Creek (1997-2007) where his teams won three league titles, three league championships and produced one young man who earned four trips to the New York State High School Championships before he matriculated at Ohio State University and Augusta State as a scholarship student-athlete. 
During his decade of coaching, Rice also held an assistant golf professional position at the Lancaster Country Club before serving as the head golf pro at Tri-County Country Club.
“My experience in the golf arena is important, but my fourteen years of teaching are the reason I am successful on the golf course,” said Rice. “I have worked hard to find various ways to teach students and I am looking forward to working on improving the mental readiness and confidence in my team as much as their individual golf games.”
Currently Rice is the Dean of Students at Silver Creek Central Schools and a faculty member in the English department.   In addition to his teaching duties, Rice coaches the bowling team and is the Drama Director. Prior to Silver Creek, Rice was a high school English instructor at Falconer Central, a Liberty Partnership tutor at Forestville Central and a Literature and History teacher at Lakeview Shock Correctional Facility.

Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in English education and a master’s degree in American literature from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is working towards completion of NYS Leadership Certification in Education.
Rice and his family reside in Silver Creek, NY.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.