Eric Price Takes Position With NY Jets

Feb. 15, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Washington State University head football coach Mike Price confirmed today his son and Cougar quarterback coach, Eric Price, has accepted an assistant coaching position with the New York Jets of the National Football League.

'This really came as a surprise,' the younger Price said before leaving Pullman for the Jet's headquarters. 'Paul Hackett (the Jets new offensive coordinator) knew about me and asked if I would be interested. I thought at the time it would be good experience to interview for an NFL job, but one week really changed my life.'

Eric Price, who was born in Pullman when his father Mike was an assistant for head coach Jim Sweeney, has served as WSU's quarterback coach for the past three seasons and last season drew considerable attention for his development of sophomore Jason Gesser and freshman Matt Kegel.

Hackett, who was the USC head coach through last fall, accepted the offensive coordinator position with the Jets earlier this year for new head coach Herman Edwards. Price's role with the Jets will include helping Hackett on the offensive side of the ball.

'We are going to miss Eric,' offered the Cougar head coach. 'It is too bad he will not be here when this (program) gets turned back around. Eric played a valuable role in developing Jason Gesser and Matt Kegel and he was obviously recognized for the job he did because he didn't apply for the job. Paul Hackett came to him. Eric is an outstanding coach and was a key recruiter for us. He landed eight of our new recruits, including Dwayne Wright from San Diego.'

'It is quite a break and a wonderful opportunity for Eric, at such a young age (34) to land an NFL assistant position,' added the elder Price.

Eric Price prepped at Ogden High in Utah while his father was the head coach at Weber State. He then was a quarterback at both Dixie Junior College (1986-87) and Weber State (1988-91), graduating with a degree in physical education. He coached the wide receivers and tight ends at his alma mater in 1990, then spent one year at Hawaii (1991) and two seasons as a graduate assistant for Dennis Erickson at Miami (1992-93). He then coached two years at Cal Poly-SLO (1994-95) and two years at Northern Arizona (1996-97) before joining his father's staff at Washington State.

'I am going to hate leaving Pullman,' Eric said. 'I was born and raised here. I have been very happy here and am excited about the upcoming football season. Stepping away from that will be the hardest part. As a kid I thought about the pros, but it isn't something that has been on my mind. Not until Paul Hackett called.'

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