Tim Rice was a great friend

Former Southwestern Lady Warrior basketball coach Tim Rice (Upper Left) is seen here with his assistant coaches, Chris Adkins (Upper Right), Chelsea Gomez (Front Row Left) and Mark Fothergill (Front Row Right), in a photo that was taken before the season tipped off while he was the head coach at Southwestern. Rice was tragically killed in an automobile accident on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the age of 59.
Photo by David Rogers.


Former Southwestern Lady Warrior basketball coach Tim Rice was taken way too young on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, as he was tragically killed in an auto accident in Martin County.

Rice, age 59, was the current head coach of the Sheldon Clark Lady Cardinals in Martin County.

Of course most people from the Pulaski County-Somerset area remember coach Rice as the head coach of the Southwestern girl’s basketball program from 2004 through the 2013 season.

In that span, Rice had a memorable run at Southwestern, winning four district championships, and finishing as a 12th Regional runner-up on one occasion.

You can talk about wins and losses, district titles and the like when it comes to Tim Rice, but the first thing I thought of yesterday when I heard about coach Rice’s unfortunate accident was that I lost a very good friend.

Tim was a great guy, and a very good basketball coach, and above all, he was a good friend.

We had many, many conversations after games throughout the years — both wins and losses — and the one constant each and every time was coach Rice would always find a way to say something to make me — or both of us — have a good laugh.

Tim was a funny guy, and he never took himself too seriously. He was the kind of guy you just liked to hang around with, because at some point, he was going to do or say something that would make you laugh or bring a smile across your face.

We played church league softball games against one another at Wheeler Park over the course of many summers, and the trash talking — all in good fun — lasted from the first pitch to the final out of each and every game. After all, we were competitors, and Tim was as competitive of a guy as they came.

I’m saddened that we all lost Tim way too soon earlier this week, but I can take solace that he was a part of my life for the 10 years that he was the head basketball coach for the Lady Warriors.

So, rest in peace my friend. You are gone way too soon, but you will never be forgotten.

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