Coach Tim Rice puts a winning puzzle together

From left, Lancaster’s Calvin “Charlie” Henderson, coach Tim Rice, Martez Davis and Corey Smith field reporters’ questions during a post-game press conference.

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The buzz-acronym describing Tim Rice on social media after Lancaster’s state championship win was GOAT. For the acronym-challenged, GOAT stands for Greatest of All Time.

Indeed, Rice may be just that…at least the best in modern Lancaster High School history. Deemed the winningest LHS coach in the last 40 years, Rice won his second Virginia High School League boys basketball crown with a 52-49 win over Wise County’s Eastside High last Friday at the VCU Siegel Center in Richmond.

Over his last 11 years as head coach and mentor to over 100 LHS basketball players, he’s amassed a win-loss record of 199-65 for a 75% winning percentage, made six trips to the state tournament with two semifinal trips and three trips to the championship game, including a runner-up finish in 2016. The Red Devils won the state title for the first time in school history in 2012 and captured their second last week. Northern Neck District teams have only won four state boys basketball championships. Lancaster has two of them. …