Breaking: Mike Price will retire at UTEP
|Written by Chris Vannini|
Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 19, 2012
After more than 31 years as a head coach, Mike Price will announce his retirement today, sources have confirmed to CoachingSearch.com.
Price's head-coaching career largely spanned over three schools: Eight years at Weber State, 14 years at Washington State and, most recently, nine years at UTEP.
He posted a 46-44 career record at Weber State, including an appearance in the 1-AA Quarterfinals. At Washington State, he went 83-78, including three 10-win seasons and two Rose Bowl appearances. The 1997 Rose Bowl appearance was Washington State's first in more than 60 years. In his final two seasons at Wazzu, his teams posted a 20-5 record, including a 13-3 record in Pac-10 play.
In 2004, he took over UTEP and took the Miners to two eight-win seasons in his first two years, a remarkable turnaround, as the school had won two games in each of the previous three seasons. In 2004, the school earned its first-ever ranking in the AP Poll.
The 66-year-old was a player at Washington State and Puget Sound in the late 1960s. Upon graduation, he returned to Washington State as a GA for two years. He then went back to Puget Sound to be the offensive coordinator for three seasons.
He came back to Pullman to be Washington State's running backs coach from 1974-77. He moved to Missouri to be the quarterbacks/wide receivers coach from 1978-80 before Weber State gave him his first head-coaching job in 1981.
Price was awarded several national Coach of the Year honors in 1997 while at Washington State. Now, he'll find a lake somewhere and enjoy retirement.
Stay tuned to CoachingSearch.com for details regarding potential replacements at UTEP.
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