|Position:||Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator|
|Alma Mater:||Henderson State|
Ryan Price rejoins the Southern University Men's Basketball staff this season, and enters his fifth season overall. In Price's first tour on the Southern Staff (2011-2014) he was an Assistant Basketball Coach and the Men's Basketball Recruiting Coordinator and in 2016-2017 was the Director of Player Development/Scouting.
Price rejoins the staff after spending last season as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at The Church Academy in Baton Rouge. The Crusaders finished 23-11 and advanced to the Division III State Quarterfinals. The Crusaders went from six wins the season before Price’s arrival and turned it around to 23 wins last season (the biggest turnaround in the state of Louisiana).
Prior to last season Price was the Director of Player Development & Scouting for the Jaguars during the 2016-2017 season.
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.
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 team in 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 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. Price orchestrated two top 50 recruiting classes (48th in 2012, and 33rd in 2013) in the country by HoopScoopOnline. 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, two time All-Conference Selection Adrian Rodgers, All-Conference Selection Shawn Prudhomme, two time All-Conference Selection Jared Sam, and 2016 SWAC Tournament MVP Tre’lun Banks.
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 UA 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 won the Heartland Conference Regular Season Championship. Price recruited 2011 Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year Jake Toupal and 2011 Heartland Conference First 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 NBA G League 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 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.
Price is married to the former Kali Jenkins of LaPlace, LA and they have a newborn daughter Bella.