Former soccer standouts join UK coaching staff

August 21, 2012 

Former Kentucky soccer standouts Marco dos Santos and Barry Rice will join the University of Kentucky men's soccer coaching staff, head coach Johan Cedergren announced Tuesday.

Dos Santos will serve as the graduate assistant director of operations and Rice will be the undergraduate assistant coach. They join a staff that also includes assistant coaches David Casper and Erik Imler.

"They both had tremendous playing careers at Kentucky," Cedergren said in a news release. "Having been through the league as student-athletes and their experience leading their collegiate teams really is a wonderful asset to the program, not just to the student athletes but for the coaching staff."

Rice and dos Santos are two of the most decorated players in UK history.

Rice, from Parma, Ohio, is the only two-time All-America selection in school history. The defender started all 78 games from 2006-09, tallying 12 goals and seven assists on 87 shots.

Following his career at UK, Rice signed with D.C. United of Major League Soccer.

"The (UK) program means the world to me and gave me great opportunities in the classroom and on the field," Rice said. "Now I have a chance to give back and help other players achieve their goals."

Dos Santos, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, played at UK from 2008-09. He had six goals and eight assists in 39 games, firing 69 shots and netting one game-winning goal.

"Being back with the UK men's soccer team has been both rewarding and fun," dos Santos said. "It has allowed me to share all that I have learned in my past years of playing."

Kentucky opens its 2012 season Sunday at Dayton, and plays its home opener Sept. 7 vs. St. Joseph's.

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