Men's Basketball
Illinois Adds Assistant Coach Jay Price

Illinois assistant coach Jay Price.
Illinois assistant coach Jay Price.

May 14, 2003

Champaign, Ill. - Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber announced today the hiring of Jay Price as an assistant coach on the Fighting Illini basketball staff.

Price comes to Illinois after spending the past 10 years as an assistant coach at Purdue under Gene Keady. In addition to his normal coaching and scouting duties, Price served as Purdue's recruiting coordinator and oversaw summer basketball camps, team travel and scheduling. During his time at Purdue the Boilermakers compiled a record of 220-105 (.677), winning three Big Ten championships and earning eight NCAA Tournament berths. Weber and Price worked together as assistants on the Purdue staff for five seasons, from 1994-98.

"I'm extremely excited to have Jay Price join our staff and look forward to working with him again," Weber said. "He's one of the most experienced coaches in the Big Ten and knows what it takes to be successful in our conference. Jay is a very hard worker who will prove to be quite an asset at Illinois as he has experience in every aspect of helping run a college program, including recruiting, scheduling, travel, summer camps, scouting and player development."

Price began his coaching career with a two-year stint as an assistant at Oklahoma under former coach Billy Tubbs before going to Purdue. During that time, he also served as manager for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball "Dream Team" while the squad practiced in the United States during the summer of 1992.

A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., Price was a basketball manager at Kansas for four years under former coaches Larry Brown and Roy Williams, serving as head manager for Williams as both a junior and senior. During his time at Kansas, the Jayhawks won the national championship in 1988 and finished as national runner-up in 1991.

Price, 34, received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kansas in 1991. He and his wife, Beth have a 1-year old daughter, Katherine.

The Jay Price File

Born:                  March 30, 1969
Hometown:              Oklahoma City, Okla.
High School:           Casady Prep
College:               University of Kansas, (B.S., Journalism, '91)
Family:                Wife, Beth;  Daughter, Katherine (1)
Coaching Experience:   1992         University of Oklahoma, Volunteer Assistant Coach
                       1993         University of Oklahoma, Assistant Coach
                       1994-2003    Purdue University, Assistant Coach