Tic Price has been named Lamar head basketball coach, announced Director of Athletics Jason Henderson. Price becomes the university’s 11th head coach following a five- game stint as the interim coach to close out the 2013-14 season.
“We are very excited to have Tic as our new head coach,” said Henderson. “Not only does Tic have a history of producing winners on the basketball court, but he is known as a very good recruiter. In addition to that, he already has an understanding of the Southland and what it takes to win in this conference.”
A 32-year college coaching veteran, Price has spent 10 seasons as a head coach with nine combined NCAA and NIT appearances between stops at Memphis, McNeese State and New Orleans. His head-coaching career began in 1994 at the University of New Orleans. During his time at UNO, the Privateers won 20 games each season, and advanced to the 1996 NCAA Championships and the 1997 NIT. Following his time in New Orleans, Price was hired as the head coach at Memphis, where he spent two seasons as the Tigers head coach. Price posted a 30-27 record at Memphis, leading the team to the second round of the 1998 NIT.
Price spent six seasons, including five as head coach, at Southland Conference rival McNeese State. He was named associate head coach prior to the 2000-01 season, where he helped the Cowboys produce the nation’s largest turnaround going 22-9, winning a conference title and advancing to the NCAA Championships. The following season, Price was named head coach and led the Cowboys to a 20-win season, an SLC regular-season title and a berth in the 2002 NCAA Championships. The Cowboys won 74 games during Price’s five seasons in Lake Charles.
“I would like to thank Dr. (Kenneth) Evans and our director of athletics Jason Henderson for giving me this opportunity to be a part of Lamar basketball,” said Price. “This is a very special time for me and my family. I’ve always had a passion for this game. After coaching for more than 30 years and playing the game for about 12, it is woven in the fabric of who I am. I look for- ward to the opportunity to coach young men who want to be a part of Lamar University. My family and I have grown to love the Beaumont area. We have met some wonderful people, are part of a wonderful church, and this is a great place to live. I truly love this university. It has given me the opportunity to grow professionally as a coach and an administrator.”