Tell Us: Should Rice's Behavior at Rutgers Keep Him From Coaching Kids?

The former coach, fired for abusive behavior towards his basketball players, was spotted coaching a seventh grade girls basketball league this weekend.

Mike Rice was fired for hurling basketballs at his players and unleashing insulting homophobic rants, but the former Rutgers mens basketball coach was spotted over the weekend coaching a seventh grade girls AAU team in Holmdel.

Deadspin.com reported that Rice, who lives in Little Silver, was seen coaching a 12-year-old girls  basketball team at Holmdel High School on Saturday night. The article cites tweets by contributor Brian Geltzeiler of hoopscritic.com reporting that Rice was acting "crazy as ever yelling @ both refs and kids."

Geltzeiler posted in a follow up tweet, "Just to clarify. I'm not joking. Mike Rice is actually coaching a 7th grade girls AAU team today and he's still acting like a mad man."

The news elicited a number of comments on Facebook, most opposed to Rice coaching kids.

"His 'style' of coaching is completely unacceptable," posted Ravaschiere Dominique on the Little Silver-Oceanport Patch Facebook page. "Girls at this age should not be subject to his damaging behavior."

Jenni Hoffman posted on the Middletown Patch Facebook page, "Witnessed appalling behavior this weekend at Holmdel with other coaches as well ... The level of hostility encouraged on some teams is just awful."

Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna sided with the majority of Patch users responding, commenting on the Red Bank-Shrewsbury Patch Facebook page, "Absolutely should be removed for his bullying and homophobic attitude."

In defense of Rice coaching the youth team, a commenter with the user name "Who-Cares?" posted on Patch, "Every single parent of those girls are aware of Mike's coaching "style" and CHOOSE to support him and expose their kids to his methods ... Do you expect anything less from our sport-obsessed, über-competitive area ?"

On the Howell Patch Facebook page, Rich Behnken disapproved of Rice's coaching methods with the recreational players: "Personally witnessed Rice coach against my daughter and before I knew who he was I thought he was a jerk. He yelled at 12 year old girls like he was yelling at men. Just a total disgrace."

King TILE LLC April 16, 2013 at 09:29 PM
gongshow22 April 16, 2013 at 09:38 PM
If he wants to keep coaching ANYONE, he should need to successfully go through an anger management program.
Bob Banta April 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Someone should make him take the "Rutgers Safety Course" that pretty much any youth sports coach today has to take. The videos they use and show you there as examples of what not to do as a youth coach are mild compared to his style of coaching. Why do the rest of us volunteer coaches have to take these courses if guys Luke him are allowed to participate? Plenty of good coaches on ALL different levels get alot of positive results/wins without acting like an idiot. Sounds like he needs to be drug tested. Something not right with him bringing this to youth sports too.
Bob Banta April 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM
JD This 12 yr old girls AAU is a high level competition team? Really??? No wonder so many kids today are getting burned out and don't even want to play "their sport" at the college level. I guess he's getting them ready for Rutgers.. Oh that's right... they don't approve of his methods anymore.
KS April 18, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Mr. Banta, I do not appreciate you using the Mike Rice coaching controversy as an opportunity to malign Rutgers University in your statement, "I guess he's getting them ready for Rutgers."


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