In appointing Todd Rice as Pitt's head strength and conditioning coach, Paul Chryst hired a professional who has trained accomplished athletes in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10 and the National Football League.
Now in his second season at Pitt, Rice joined the Panthers after spending five years overseeing the football strength and conditioning program at NC State. During his tenure, the Wolfpack made three bowl appearances, including back-to-back postseason victories over Louisville (2011 Belk Bowl) and West Virginia (2010 Champs Sports Bowl).
Rice oversaw the physical development of two NC State All-Americans. In 2011, cornerback David Amerson was a first team All-American after leading the country with 13 interceptions. In 2010, linebacker Nate Irving made a courageous comeback from injuries sustained in a car accident to earn All-America accolades.
Prior to NC State, Rice handled the strength and conditioning for the Boston College football team from 2002-07. The Eagles were a perennial bowl team during his time on Chestnut Hill, going 5-0 during the postseason. He trained 10 NFL Draft selections at Boston College, including defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who was a first-round pick of the New York Giants in 2006. Another Boston College product trained by Rice, guard Chris Snee, has been a fixture on the Giants' offensive front since being a second-round draft pick in 2004. Kiwanuka and Snee have each claimed two Super Bowl rings over the past six years.
Rice's recent quarterback trainees include Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks and Mike Glennon, a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rice also was the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of California-Berkeley, where he and his four assistants oversaw the physical training for the Bears' 27 sports.
From 1994-97, Rice was the head strength and conditioning coach at Yale. He also served on the strength and conditioning staffs at Illinois, Wisconsin, Ball State and with the San Francisco 49ers.
Rice is a 1987 graduate of Wisconsin-Platteville and also earned a master's degree in kinesiology from Illinois in 1993.
|BORN||January 14, 1964|
|ALMA MATER||Wisconsin-Platteville, 1987|
|HEAD STRENGTH & CONDITIONING EXPERIENCE|
|YALE, 1994-97||Head Strength and Conditioning Coach|
|CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY, 1997-2002||Head Strength and Conditioning Coach|
|BOSTON COLLEGE, 2002-07||Head Strength and Conditioning Coach|
|NC STATE, 2007-11||Director of Strength and Conditioning Coach|
|PITTSBURGH, 2012-Present||Head Strength and Conditioning Coach|
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