Mark Price Named Assistant Coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball head coach Rick Byrd announced Tuesday the hiring of Mark Price as an assistant coach, effective June 1, 2011.

Price spent the past two seasons as head coach at Ouachita Baptist University, an NCAA Division II member institution located in Arkadelphia, Ark.

"Mark Price is well-respected in the coaching community and is an outstanding addition to our staff," Byrd said. "Mark has an impressive background, both as a head coach in Division II and as an assistant coach at the Division I level. His passion, integrity and commitment to student-athletes are well matched to what we value at Belmont."

Prior to Ouachita Baptist, Price spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Furman University where he was a member of the same staff as fellow Belmont assistant coach James Strong. Among the Paladins' highlights during Price's time was a victory at Vanderbilt in Nov. 2006.

Price also spent five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, helping UAH to the 2002-03 Gulf South Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2006.

In 2001, Price was a key piece in Faulkner (AL) University finishing with a 34-5 record en route to the 2001 NAIA National Championship.

Price began his coaching career in 1998 as an assistant at the University of Mobile. The Rams won five NAIA national tournament games in Price's two campaigns.

A native of Brandenburg, Ky., Price has also served as head coach of two Athletes in Action (AIA) teams overseas. He has a 17-3 record in AIA games, including a perfect 10-0 mark in Mexico City.

Price earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Samford University in 1998.

He is married to the former Kara Pearson of Oak Ridge, Tenn. The couple has one daughter, Kate.