Chancellor Philip L. Dubois and Director of Athletics Judy Rose named former NBA standout Mark Price as the University’s 10th men’s head basketball coach. On March 26, the University held a press conference introducing Price to the 49er community.
“I’m extremely excited about joining the Charlotte 49ers as the new basketball coach,” Price said. “I’m excited to get to know the current players as we move forward and start a new era. I’m looking forward to putting a team on the court that plays an exciting brand of basketball that our students and fans will enjoy watching.”
Price spent seven years coaching in the NBA, his last two as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets. As a player, Price proved a valuable asset. With Georgia Tech, he helped the Yellow Jackets move from last place to ACC champions. With the Cleveland Cavaliers, he helped the team reach seven playoff bids over his final eight years. During his coaching tenure in the NBA, he aided four of his last six teams in reach the playoffs.
“He’s experienced basketball at every level. He’s taught basketball at every level. And he’s shown a pattern of success at every level,” said Rose. “He’s eager to bring that same work ethic to our program. He’s eager to develop our players. And he’s eager to be our head coach.”
“We have taken an important step in strengthening our program by welcoming a coach who has experienced incredible success at the collegiate and professional levels. Mark is known as a person who makes those around him better,” said Dubois. “The players will take great inspiration from his personal example, and learn the game from someone with deep knowledge about it.”
Read the complete press release here.
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