Aaron Price Returns To WSU As Quarterback Coach

Feb. 22, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Aaron Price, for the past two years the quarterbacks coach at Idaho State, will assume the same duties at his alma mater, Washington State University, according to Cougar head coach Mike Price.

Aaron, who was born in Pullman when his father, Mike, was an assistant coach for Jim Sweeney, will also coach the Cougar kickers and punters. He served as a graduate assistant coach for his father at WSU, handling the Cougar kickers in 1995-97.

'Bringing Aaron aboard allows us the luxury of filling two coaching positions with one person,' offered head coach Price. 'He is a proven quarterbacks coach who had success at both Idaho State and Missouri Western. In addition, he was an outstanding college kicker for the Cougars and has been coaching kickers and punters for the past seven years.'

'With Aaron coaching quarterbacks along with our kickers and punters, I will probably be a little more involved with the offense and the quarterbacks,' Mike Price said. 'When he is with the kickers and punters, I'll help coach the quarterbacks, but otherwise he is our quarterbacks coach.'

'We are very fortunate to be able to get Aaron to come back to Cougar football. The last time he was here, in 1997, it was a great combination with him handling the kickers and punters while helping me coach the quarterbacks, including Ryan Leaf from the Rose Bowl team,' Price said. 'Since that time, every quarterback, kicker and punter he has coached has been an all-conference selection or an All-American. His most recent quarterback pupil is the eighth-ranked quarterback in the NFL draft, Shane Griggs.'

Price had been concerned about who would tutor WSU's kickers and punters following the departure of graduate assistant Jeff Banks, who earlier this month took an assistant position at Idaho State.

'I feel very fortunate we can hire a coach with expertise in both areas,' added Mike Price. 'We obviously need a quality quarterback coach, but I have also been concerned about finding someone to help with our kickers, since we only had one assistant opening.'

After starting his collegiate career at Weber State, Aaron Price transferred to WSU and took over kicking chores following the graduation of Cougar All-American and NCAA record holder Jason Hanson. In two seasons, 1992-93, Aaron scored 147 points to rank eighth on the WSU career list. His scoring included making 30 of 50 field goals and 57 of 59 extra point kicks. He is still the only two-year player to rank in the career top 10 scoring list.

Aaron Price succeeds his brother, Eric, in tutoring the WSU quarterbacks. Earlier this month Eric took an assistant coaching position with the New York Jets.

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