"I just got out here to Ames for the first time yesterday and I'm just very excited to be a part of his staff," said Price. "I'm not sure my exact title but I'll mainly be working with defensive ends and possibly defensive tackles."
Price had worked at Auburn as an assistant coach since 1999 where he helped the Tigers win many games and compete for many SEC titles. Now that he is at Iowa State he plans to do the same thing. "The biggest thing that Coach Rhoads wants to do is create a championship program here at Iowa State," said Price. "I'm just going to come in and do everything I can to help him create a championship type program."
While Price only worked for one year with Rhoads at Auburn he learned enough about him to know that he wanted to follow him to Iowa State. "He's just an outstanding football coach and a great leader of young men," he said. "He will be a great leader for this program and I knew after working with him for a year at Auburn that he would be great to work with again here at Iowa State."
Coach Price knows that the next few weeks will be very busy at his new job. "We're actually meeting about recruiting and other things today," he said. "Once the no contact period is over we're going to go out on Sunday and hit a lot of recruiting spots and talk to a lot of kids."
Coming to Iowa State as an assistant coach is also somewhat of a homecoming for Coach Price. "I actually lived in Clinton, Iowa for about five years when I was young and then I grew up in Dallas so it's great to be back in Big 12 country," he said. "I grew up with the Big 12 and played at Texas A&M so this is real exciting for me."
Before choosing to become a football coach in 1994, Price played professionally for the Chicago Bears in 1990 and the Miami Dolphins in 1991.