Chris Kreider enters his first season as assistant coach on the Rice men's basketball staff.
Kreider brings 12 years of coaching experience to South Main. He joins the Owls after spending the past two years as an assistant at VMI. Prior to VMI, he served as an assistant coach at George Mason from 2011-15. While at George Mason, he helped the Patriots to a pair of 20-win seasons, including a spot in the championship series of the College Basketball Invitational.
Kreider also spent time on the staffs at Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech. A starter at small forward for three colleges, Kreider played for one year at Mansfield University before transferring to Grove City College (Pa.). In his junior season, Kreider led the Wolverines in scoring (12.3 ppg) and steals (52). He finished his playing and academic career at Lebanon Valley College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish in 2003.
Kreider is married to the former Heather Akers of Atlanta, Ga. The couple has a two-year old daughter, Livia.