Dean RiceFootball has always been Dean Rice’s passion. After his time at Salesian, Dean Rice began a degree in Sports Administration at Victoria University, after which he began his 16-year career in AFL. The first half of his career (1986-1993) was spent with the St. Kilda Football Club, with which he played 118 games. During the 1992 pre-season, Rice suffered a ruptured ACL in his left knee. After a reconstruction, he played a further 11 games in 1993, in where he damaged his right knee. These injuries unfortunately meant the end of his career with St Kilda.
In 1994, Dean began his career with Carlton after the team’s Grand Final defeat by Essendon. After an injury in his very first game, Rice suffered another injury on his reconstructed knee – however, Rice remained a part of the team, strong in Carlton’s prime in time for the Grand Final win in 1995 against Geelong. During the second quarter, Rice kicked the goal that secured Carlton’s win.
While 2001 marked the end of Dean’s career with Carlton, he continued to play footy with Scoresby in the Eastern Football League, and coaching country club Wonthaggi, Berwick and Longwarry.
Dean worked in Football Development for the AFL from 2006-2020, and now focusses his efforts on his own business Rice Property Services.
Dean is father to Bailey, Mitchell and Xavier and partner to Melissa.
Hall of Fame Inductee - Sport