Meet McNeese's First Head Black Basketball Coach

February 7, 2007

Reported by: Evan Johnson

Tic Price, a native of Danville, Virginia, played collegiate basketball at Virginia Commonwealth and Virginia Tech. After coaching at many colleges, fate brought him to McNeese State University.

During Price's first year at McNeese, the Cowboys made the biggest turn around in college basketball. Going from winning five games a year to winning 24 games and going to the national invitation tournament. Price said he's where is today because of good old-fashion hard work.

Coach Price says, "Nothing is going to be given to you. If you want to be something, a doctor or lawyer, you study that craft. You learn as much as you can about it. My mother's advice when i took the job as interim coach was you're not a bandage, you're a surgeon. So you're not there to be the head coach to hold the team together, but you are there to make something happen."

In his 10 years as a head coach, Price has received numerous coaching awards, including 15 coach of the year awards from different organizations.

Price is currently working as a color analyst for College Sports Television and has his own television show, 'High School Hoops' with Tic Price.

KPLC celebrates Tic Price for today's Moment in Black History.