March 26, 2012

John Price Returns to Northridge as Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge head women's volleyball coach Jeff Stork has announced the naming of John Price as an assistant coach. Price replaces Alicia Robinson who left Northridge after three seasons.

Price returns to Northridge where he was the head coach of the Matador men's volleyball team from 1986-1997, leading Northridge to the 1993 NCAA Championship match where the Matadors fell to UCLA. Price then moved on to coach the women's team at CSU Bakersfield for 14 seasons (1997-2010).

"As a coach, I'm excited about John Price joining our staff," said Stork. "He brings to this program years of experience and knowledge. We're excited that John is back at Northridge and everybody who comes in contact with him is going to benefit."

Price comes to Northridge from Bakersfield where he was the winningest coach in the school's women's volleyball history. He amassed a career record of 232-169 (.579) over 14 seasons, leading the Roadrunners to a 28-4 overall record in his first season. Price was also at the helm of the CSUB program when the school made the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I status. Price's 2008 squad was the first Roadrunner team in any sport to post a winning record (18-15) in the school's Division I era. In 12 seasons with the Cal State Northridge men's team, Price won 194 matches, including a 22-7 record and a No. 3 national ranking in 1991, the school's first as the Division I level.

A native of Pasadena, Calif., Price is a 1983 graduate of Cal State Northridge. He prepped at Crespi High School before playing collegiately at Pierce College and Northridge. His coaching career began at Thousand Oaks High School in 1980 where he led the Lancers to Marmonte League titles in 1981 and 1982. Price also coached the Cal State Northridge women for one season (1993) compiling a record of 12-17 as an NCAA Independent.

"I'm really excited to have this opportunity and excited to be back at Northridge," said Price. "I'm really fortunate that Jeff has given me this opportunity. I think I come with old-school perpective, some coaches might come in here and talk about what's missing but am excited about what is here. I've known Jeff and Susie (Terrusa) for a long time and I look forward to exchanging ideas with them, I think it's going to be a lot of fun."

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