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(Oakland) A familiar face will take over the reins as head football coach at Riverside this fall.


Mitch Rice, who served as the teams Defensive Coordinator last season will take over a football program that finished 2-7 a year ago.


Coach Rice says the first thing on the list is to help the players develop a mindset. He will have a senior laden team with around 13-seniors expected to report to practice in August, many of them played on both sides of the ball last season.


Rice says one thing he has learned over the years is you have to be willing to do the work as a coach and he has already noticed that the players “want to be here and want to be successful and that is what it is going to take.”


Rice served as Defensive Coordinator at Lone Jack High School in Missouri for five years, where he helped lead the Mules to the state play-offs for the first time in school history.  He also spent time coaching at Red Oak before coming to Riverside last fall.


Mitch Rice teaches Physical Education and is the weights coach at Riverside High School.


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April 18, 2013

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