Jan. 25, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State head coach Alexis Venechanos today announced the addition of Greg Bice to her staff as an assistant coach. A former Buckeye All-American and Major League Lacrosse All-Star, Bice returns to Ohio State after a decorated professional career, on and off the field.
“Greg Bice is a Buckeye Lacrosse legend and truly is in a league of his own,” Venechanos said. “Not only did he have a tremendous collegiate and professional career, he is a person of high character and integrity. His energy and passion for Ohio State will be great fit for our players and coaching staff. We welcome Greg and his family back to The Ohio State University.”
Bice was drafted by the Philadelphia Barrage in 2004 after a highly-successful college career right here at Ohio State. The 2004 Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Year, Bice was a two-time All-American and led the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2004. He was a four-year letterwinner (2001-04), a team captain in 2004 and a three-time first team GWLL selection from 2002-04.
“I’m extremely excited to come back to this great university that has done so much for me personally and for my family,” Bice said. “I’m also very grateful for this opportunity that Coach Venechanos has given me. Hopefully I can bring a lot to the table from being on the men’s side for so long. There will be a lot for me to learn, but that’s also part of the excitement. I’m fired up, excited and looking forward to a great season.”
Following two seasons with the Barrage, Bice was selected by the Los Angeles Riptide with the first overall pick in the 2006 MLL Supplemental Draft. After three successful seasons in Los Angeles, Bice played two seasons in Chicago, followed by a season in Rochester and three seasons in Ohio to close out his career.
Bice was a four-time Major League Lacrosse All-Star (2007, 2010-12) and a two-time recipient of the New Balance Sportsman of the Year award in 2007 and 2011. He was a team captain for the Ohio Machine from 2011-2014 after being traded from the Rochester Rattlers in 2011. He played 13 professional seasons, including 11 seasons in the MLL, before officially retiring in 2014. Over his MLL career, Bice played in 97 games, including four playoff games while recording 226 ground balls, 14 goals and eight assists from his defenseman position.
Bice also has been equally involved in the game off the field. He is the co-owner of Resolute Lacrosse, a club program in Columbus. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Lacrosse the Nations, an international non-profit organization that aims to unify the lacrosse community to sustainably improve education and health while creating hope and opportunity for children in need. Additionally, he served as head coach of the Columbus Academy Boys Lacrosse team from 2014-2016.
Bice graduated from The Ohio State University in 2004 where he earned his bachelor’s degree in welding engineering and earned his master’s in business administration from the Fisher College of Business in 2011.
Greg and his wife, Emily, have two sons, Joseph and Emmett, and reside in Columbus.