Ryan Price rejoins the Southern University Men's Basketball staff this season, and enters his fourth season overall and is in his first season as the Director of Player Development & Scouting. In Price's first tour on the Southern Staff (2011-2014) he was an Assistant Basketball Coach and the Men's Basketball Recruiting Coordinator.
Price, serves as a mentor for Jaguars men's basketball student-athletes in their academic and professional development. He assists in recruiting by organizing and maintaining databases, sending mailouts and monitoring recruiting updatesonline. He also manages the planning of all on-campus recruiting visits. Price will also assist in scouting opponents personnel and plays, and also help oversee the Synergy System.
During the 2014-2015 season, Price was on the staff of Prairie View A&M University where they finished with a 12-6 conference regular season mark and a 15-18 overall record. Price played a role in helping senior center Reggis Onwukamuche ascend to the top of the SWAC amongst post players as Onwukamuche was named the SWAC's Defensive Player of the Year while earning a spot on the All SWAC Second Team.
In his first tour at Southern, Price was instrumental in helping the Jaguars ascend to the top of the SWAC standings from the moment he stepped foot on campus in 2011. In his first season at Southern, Price helped the Jaguars complete a 13-game turnaround from the previous seasonas Southern went from a last-place teamin the SWAC standings to a second place team. In his second season, the Jaguars took the next step as they claimed the top seed in the SWAC Tournament with a 15-3 regular season mark and a 23-10 overall record. Southern won the SWAC Tournament ans earned an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 2006. The Jaguars made a national headlines that postseason as they nearly pulled off an upset over No. 1 ranked Gonzaga in the second round of NCAA Tournament action.
During the 2013-2014 season, Southern claimed the SWAC's Regular Season Championship for the first time since 2006 as they finished with a 19-13 overall mark and a 15-3 conference mark. Price was responsible for recruiting and skill development with the post players and in 2013, he orchestrated a recruiting class which was ranked 33rd in the nation by HoopScoopOnloine. In addition, Price recruited the 2013 SWAC Newcomer of the Year and two time All-Conference Selection Malcolm Miller, 2014 SWAC Newcomer of the Year and All-Confernce Selection Calvin Godfrey, and two time All-Conference Selection Adrian Rodgers.
Prior to Southern, Price spent two seasons at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith as the teams's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Price also had a major undertaking with the program as he helped UAd Fort Smith transition from the junior college ranks to a NCAA Division II program during his tenure.
During his two seasons at Arkansas-Fort Smith, Price helped guide the Lions to a combined 28-28 win-loss record. The Lions finished 19-10 during thge 2010-11 season, and has the best record in the Heartland Conference. Price recruited 2011 Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year Jake Toupal and 2011 Heartland Conference Firat Team member Josh Simmons.
Price was a student coach at Henderson State University during the fall of 2007 before joining the coaching staff at NCAA Division II Gannon University in Erie, Pa, During his two seasons at Gannon, Price helped guide the Golden Knights to combined 56-9 win-loss record. The Golden Knights finished 30-4 during the 2008-2009 season, won the Pennsylania State Athletic Conference Championship, won the Atlantic Region Championship and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Price also mentored and worked with NCAA Division II All-American and NBDL standout Kyle Goldcamp. At Gannon, Price was in charge of recruiting, coaching post players and monitoring academics.
The Roanoke, Va. native is a 2002 graduate of William Fleming High School, where he earned All-District and All-Region honors. He played three seasons at McNeese State before finishing his collegiate playing career at NCAA Division II Henderson State.
While at McNeese State, Price was named McNeese State's Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and was a three-time Defensive Player of the Year for the Cowboys - a feat accomplished only once before in school history by NBA Hall of Famer and former Detroit Pistons Guard Joe Dumars.
During his only season at Henderson State, Price, who played guard, started 32 games and averaged eight points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He helped lead the Reddies to a 23-9 win-loss record, the Gulf South Conference West Division Championship and the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Price graduated from Henderson State University in 2007 with a degree in General Studies. Price hails from a basketball family as his father, Tic, is the head men's basketball coach at Lamar University and has also been the head coach at the University of New Orleans, University of Memphis and McNeese State University.