D3 Football: Price Steps Down At Husson
By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
Gabby Price will not be coaching the Husson University football team this fall.
The tenured coach, who has guided the Eagles for 12 seasons, including the past six campaigns, announced his retirement this morning after guiding the Green and Gold to an 8-3 record this past season, as well as the program’s fifth Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) conference title.
“I am honored to have had the job and have appreciated every minute that I have had working with so many outstanding people,” Price said in this morning’s release, which was seen on the Husson athletics website.
“I love coaching because of the players playing and those who have played. I am and have been proud of our players in so many ways. They have won some games and also been great to each other. Everyone has a story and many of our players have had an incredible journey in so many different directions. The greatest teachers in my life have been our players and for that I love them and will always be indebted to them.”
Price departs the Bangor, Maine campus as the winningest coach in program history. He has compiled a 72-45 mark in 12 seasons (2002-08 and 2013-18), while leading the Eagles to four NCAA Tournaments (2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018) and two ECAC Bowl Games in 2008 and 2015.
In 2017, Price guided the Eagles to a school record 10 wins, along with its first-ever NCAA Tournament win over heavily-favored Springfield College. The win extended the Eagles’ season to end of November 2017 where they faced No. 5/7 Delaware Valley.
2017 was also the final year Price coached halfback John Smith, who ended his time in Maine with 7,205 rushing yards (fourth most rushing yards by a Division III tailback), 81 rushing touchdowns (31 scores in 2017) and 370 receiving yards on 34 receptions.
As noted in today’s release, Price has coached 78 student-athletes that have earned all-conference honors, along with 11 players that collected major end of the year awards.
Price was tabbed the ECFC Coach of the Year three times at Husson, including this past season, while being named New England DII/DIII Coach of the Year in 2017. He has coached 15 All-Americans and 61 student-athletes that earned ECFC All-Academic awards.
Said Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi, “It has been an honor and our privilege to work with Coach Price during these past six football seasons. His commitment to Husson University and to the students in our football program has been outstanding. His priority has consistently been the health and welfare of each of our student-athletes. They are fortunate to have had the opportunity to have been coached by him.”