Former Owl great Omar Mance is in his first season as an assistant coach with Rice basketball after serving as its director of basketball operations.
Before coming to Rice, Omar co-founded Northbrook, Ill.-based RMG Hoops, a basketball company that services leagues, camps, teams, training, and mentoring to youths in the Chicago-land area. He was also co-director and coach of RMG Elite AAU teams and summer camps. Furthermore, Mance was athletic director and head boys' eighth-grade basketball coach for the Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, Ill.
He is also still active with Athletes In Action playing on AIA basketball teams that have toured China, Russia, and Canada. During the summer of 2006, he along with Wilson, toured Nairobi, Kenya, conducting basketball clinics for the Kenya National, college, and club teams.
Mance, who transferred to Rice from Louisiana State after his freshman season, had a stellar three-year career for the Owls from 2001 to 2003. He ranks third all-time with 196 three-pointers made in a season (2003) and seventh all-time at Rice with 365 career three-pointers. Omar's 39.5 career three-point shooting percentage ranks fourth in school history. He was named team MVP, Western Athletic Conference All-Academic team, and Rice Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2002 and 2003.
As a senior in 2003, Mance was selected to the All-WAC Second-Team, named CollegeInsider.com WAC MVP, and earned the Bob Quin Award as Rice's top male athlete. He was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI team as a junior and senior.
A native of Lithonia, Ga., Mance was valedictorian of Lithonia High School (1998) where he was also the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,907 points. He was selected as the metro-Atlanta Player of the Year in addition to being named the AAA Georgia Player of the Year as a senior.
Omar graduated from Rice in May of 2003 with a B.A. degree in mathematics.