Rockvale High School will be the newest public school in Rutherford county that will open its doors to 1,800 students in August 2019.
Rockvale will be a Class 6A school and will be the ninth public school in Rutherford county joining Blackman, Riverdale Oakland, Siegel, Eagleville Lavergne, Smyrna and Stewarts Creek.
The Rockvale Rockets football program will be placed in region 3-6A with county teams Blackman, Riverdale, Oakland and Siegel and now they know who will lead the program.
Rick Rice who has led Wayne County for 21 seasons and won the 2011 Class 1A state title has been named as the first head football coach for the Rockets.
“I’m really excited about getting started at Rockvale high school because its such a great opportunity and I look forward to working with Rockvale principal Steve Luker and building the program from the ground up,” Rice said.
Besides being the head coach at Wayne County (1993-2000 and 2006-2018), Rice started the football program at Perry County back in 2001.
He led Perry County to two Class 1A playoff appearances in 2002 and 2004 in his five seasons in Linden.
Rice, 55, has been coaching for 28 years including the last 24 as head coach and has compiled a 206-120 record while at three different schools Lake County (1991-92), Wayne County and Perry County (2001-05).
He had two different stints in Waynesboro that spanned 21 years and transformed the Wildcat program into one of the most successful in the state.
Rice’s biggest success was at Wayne County where he led the Wildcats to a 176-77 record and they made the playoffs 19 of his 21 years there including the last 13 years in a row.
In 2011, Rice and the Wildcats capped off an undefeated 14-0 season by beating South Pittsburg for the Class 1A state title.
“I am very grateful that I was able to raise my three boys in Waynesboro and they all played for me. I have a lot of great memories at Wayne County and the proudest thing about that experience in Wayne County was the fact that we had a very consistent football program and we won a lot of big games.”
Rockvale’s first varsity game will be on the road as they travel to Lavergne on August 23 and their first home game will be a week later on August 30 as they host Franklin County.
There are currently 19 programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Bartlett, Bledsoe County, Cleveland, Collierville, East Hamilton, East Hickman, Fayetteville, Hillcrest, Hillwood, Lipscomb Academy, Lookout Valley, Melrose, Northeast, Northpoint Christian, Polk County, Stewarts Creek, Tellico Plains and Westview
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