Mark Price begins his seventh season as an assistant coach for Belmont Basketball in 2017-18.
Like James Strong, Price brought great energy, insight and coaching acumen to the Bruin program upon his arrival. From scouting reports, on-court instruction, and practice regimens to recruiting, scheduling, academic progress and camps, Coach Price proved to be a perfect fit and an instrumental part of Belmont’s fifth, sixth, and seventh NCAA Tournament appearances in 11 years.
And like Strong, during Price’s time on the sidelines, the Bruins have gone 144-55, won six consecutive conference championships, received national Top 25 poll votes six out of seven campaigns, earned victories over North Carolina, Marquette, Stanford, Georgia, and nationally-ranked Murray State, posted the nation’s longest home court win streak and road win streak, and reached the quarterfinal round of the Postseason NIT.
The personable and engaging Price played a leading role in securing a home-and-home series with 2011 Final Four participant VCU, which became the first nationally-ranked opponent for Belmont at the Curb Event Center.
Price was also instrumental in the development of players like Ian Clark, J.J. Mann, Craig Bradshaw, Austin Luke, Kevin McClain and Dylan Windler, giving the Bruins three consecutive Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Year award recipients.
He has also been a tireless recruiter, strengthing Belmont’s relationships with high school and AAU coaches and broadening Belmont’s ties in the southeast and beyond.
“Mark’s passion, integrity and commitment to student-athletes are well matched to what we value at Belmont,” Coach Byrd said.
Serving as a campus leader for university ministries, Price has led a group of Bruin student-athletes on a mission trip to Kenya this past year, Haiti in 2013, 2014, and 2016, and South Dakota in 2015. Price also works in concert with athletic coordinator of sports ministry, Jordan Holm, to lead the campus Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Prior to Belmont, Price spent two seasons as head coach at Ouachita Baptist University, an NCAA Division II member institution located in Arkadelphia, Ark.
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 two daughters, Kate and Kallie.