By: Tim Andrzejewski (email@example.com)
HOUSTON, Texas — Rice head basketball coach Scott Pera announced the addition of Chris Kreider as assistant coach Friday morning. Kreider comes to Rice following two seasons as an assistant coach at VMI.
“I am thrilled to announce the addition of Chris Kreider to our staff,” said Rice head coach Scott Pera. “I have known Chris for almost 25 years. He’s grown into a terrific coach, recruiter and mentor of young men. He has worked at great universities with quality head coaches over the past decade. He brings so many qualities that we are looking for in an assistant coach. He will represent Rice University with pride and help our program on all fronts moving forward.”
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.
“We are so thrilled to be a part of the Rice University family,” said Kreider. “I am so grateful for this opportunity to work with and learn from our student-athletes as they set out to accomplish their goals both on the court and in the classroom. Coach Pera has been an unbelievable mentor to me over the years and I am fired up about his vision for Rice Basketball. I can’t wait to hit the ground running alongside this first-class staff that he has assembled.”
Kreider is married to the former Heather Akers of Atlanta, Ga.