April 23, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Jimmy Price has been named the strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas State men's and women's basketball teams, the athletics department announced on Monday.
Price has spent the past nine seasons at Illinois, where he coordinated the strength and conditioning program for the men's and women's basketball teams as well as serving as a sports nutritionist. Overall, he has over 10 years of experience training basketball teams at both Texas Tech and Illinois.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to work with the men's and women's basketball teams here at K-State," said Price. "There is a tremendous history of success with both programs and a great strength and conditioning culture developed by Scott Greenawalt. I look forward to building on that success."
Price is reunited with new K-State men's basketball coach Bruce Weber for the second time after serving as his strength and conditioning coach during his entire tenure at Illinois (2003-12). He helped coach a Fighting Illini program that posted a 210-101 (.675) overall record the past nine seasons with one Final Four, six NCAA Tournament appearances, two Big Ten Championships and one Big Ten Conference Tournament title. Seven times the squad reached the 20-win plateau, while the 2004-05 team won a school-record 37 games.
Price trained five All-Americans at Illinois, including consensus first team selection Dee Brown (2005), while four players went on to be selected in the NBA Draft, including first round picks Deron Williams and Luther Head in 2005. In all, he helped coach 27 All-Big Ten selections, including seven first team honorees, one Big Ten Player, Defensive Player and Freshman of the Year and three Big Ten All-Freshman and All-Defensive Team members.
In addition to men's basketball, Price worked with Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Theresa Grentz (2003-07) and Jolette Law (2007-12) during his time at Illinois. While training the women's team, the Fighting Illini made five trips to the postseason and won at least 16 games in five seasons. He also helped coach one honorable mention All-American (Jenna Smith, 2007-08) and 16 All-Big Ten selections, including four first team picks, along with five All-Freshmen Team and three All-Defensive Team honorees.
Prior to Illinois, Price spent two years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater Texas Tech, where he worked with legendary head coach Bob Knight from 2001-03. He helped train a Red Raider program, which posted a 45-22 (.672) overall record and earned back-to-back postseason appearances, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2002. It marked the school's first NCAA Tournament in six seasons. He coached three All-Big 12 selections, including two-time first team pick and all-time leading scorer Andre Emmett. In addition to men's basketball, he also worked with the football, men's and women's tennis and track and field teams.
A Texas native, Price, 34, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1996-2004. He earned his bachelor's degree in exercise sports science with an emphasis in fitness, wellness and nutrition from Texas Tech in 2001. He currently holds certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Specialist in Performance Nutrition.