Stacey Rice was named the sixth head coach in Slippery Rock University softball history on July 7, 2014. The 2019 season will mark Rice’s fifth year as SRU’s head coach and her 14th year as a member of the program overall.
In four seasons at the helm, Rice has led The Rock to a 76-89 overall record and one appearance in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament in 2016, the first for the program since the 2009 season.
During Rice’s tenure, 13 players have earned All-PSAC West honors, one has been selected as the PSAC West Athlete of the Year and two have earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region and Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association All-Region honors. Academically, 13 Rock players have been named PSAC Scholar Athletes under Rice’s tutelage with Stacey Herzog also receiving PSAC Champion Scholar and College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District accolades. Kailey Myers has been a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection as well.
Last season, Rice guided Slippery Rock to a 24-19 overall record. It was the team’s most wins dating back to 2008. She also tutored Myers, Megan Brown and Lauren Hawley to earn All-PSAC West honors. Myers also was named PSAC West Athlete of the Year, earned an NFCA All-Region honor, a D2CCA All-Region honor and a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
In 2017, SRU finished 17-24 overall and just missed out on earning a bid into the PSAC Tournament. Rice guided the quartet of Hawley, Brown, Caitlin Baxter and Emily Nagle to all-league honors with Nagle going on to receive all-region recognition.
During the 2016 campaign, Rice led The Rock to a 20-23 record and a spot in the PSAC Tournament for the first time since 2009. The 20 victories were the most for Slippery Rock since the 2010 season. Rice also coached four players to All-PSAC West honors in Baxter, Katie Kaiser, Megan Maloney, and Ashley Samluk.
In her first season in charge of the program, Rice guided SRU to a 15-23 record, just missing out on qualifying for the conference tournament. Rice coached two players to All-PSAC honors in Taylor Welch and Herzog.
Prior to being appointed head coach, Rice served as the assistant coach at Slippery Rock from 2012-14 and as a graduate assistant in 2009 and 2010.
A native of South Park, Pennsylvania, the former Stacey Rhoades earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Slippery Rock. She first graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education before earning her master's degree in reading in 2010.
As a player, Rice was one of the most decorated players and prolific hitters in Slippery Rock history. She is still the all-time leader in eight different statistical categories at SRU.
Over her four-year career, she made 175 starts and appeared in 179 games, both of which stand as SRU records. Rice ranks first all-time career in program history in runs scored (143), hits (186), doubles (37), total bases (334) and walks (86) while ranking second all-time in home runs (35), RBI (129) and stolen bases (60).
She also holds single-season records for runs scored (40), doubles (15), home runs (14), total bases (119), walks (28), at-bats (145), games played (48) and games started (48).
Rice was a two-time All-PSAC West performer as well as a 2008 Daktronics All-Region honoree and the 2005 PSAC West Rookie of the Year. As a senior in 2008, Rice led SRU to the school's first appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Rice and her husband Scott have one daughter, Harper, who was born in October of 2016.