University of Northern Iowa head soccer coach James Price is
entering his fourth season at the helm of the program. Price was named the women’s soccer coach at UNI by athletics
director Troy Dannen on Dec. 22, 2008. After the 2010 campaign, Price received a contract extension
making him the head coach of the Panthers through the 2015 season.
During the 2011 campaign, Price earned his 100th career
victory with a 1-0 win over Evansville. The win came during a five-game win
streak, the longest in program history. The Panthers also earned a trip to the
MVC Tournament for the fifth time in school history; the first under Price. UNI
was tabbed with the 6th-seed and traveled to face the No. 3-seeded Creighton
Bluejays in Omaha, Neb. The Panthers earned the victory over Creighton on
penalty kicks, 5-3, after 110 minutes of scoreless soccer. UNI was defeated 2-1
in the semifinals of the MVC tournament in overtime by the hosts and no.
2-seeded Missouri State Bears.
Before joining the Panthers, Price spent 11 years as the
head coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. After resigning from Liberty
in 2008, Price spent a season as the technical director for the Soccer
Organization of Charlottesville Albemarle.
“I am pleased with the foundation that James has laid for
the UNI women’s soccer program in his first two years,” Dannen said. “His
leadership is enabling our program to position itself for competitive success,
and he has proven to be an outstanding leader for the young women in our
During his tenure with the Flames, Price led the team to
three Big South Conference Tournament titles, and two Big South Conference
regular-season crowns, in addition to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Price
guided 39 all-conference athletes, with 20 of them earning first team
all-conference nods. Two players were named Big South Players of the Year,
along with three Big South Tournament MVP awards. Price was named Big South
Coach of the Year in 1999, with the Flames finishing runner-up at the Big South
“I would like to thank Mr. Dannen for this wonderful
opportunity,” Price said. “I was impressed with the athletic administration’s
commitment to the women’s soccer team, and by the honesty and eagerness of the
returning players. There is already a solid foundation, and I look forward to
working hard with the players and staff to build a soccer program that UNI can
be proud of. I also plan to reach out to the Cedar Valley soccer community, and
form strong relationships throughout the area.”
Price was a member of the NCAA Women’s Soccer National
Committee from 2002-2005. In addition, Price served as the NCAA Mid-Atlantic
Regional Committee Chair from 2003-2005.
Along with guiding his athletes to success on the field,
Price also placed a strong emphasis on academics. Three of his athletes were
named Big South Scholar Athlete of the year, along with two Academic
All-America selections and two Academic All- Region and Academic All-District
selections. The Flames women’s soccer team had the highest GPA at Liberty, with
a spring 2008 GPA of 3.26.
Prior to his time at Liberty, Price served as an assistant
coach at Randolph Macon Women’s College from 1996-1997 and also as the director
of coaching for the Lynchburg United Soccer Travel Club.
Price played collegiate soccer for the Flames from 1993-1996
and later played with the USISL pro league team Roanoke Wrath from 1996-2000.
In his native country of England, Price played at the semi-pro level with the
Chessington United from 1991-1993.
Price earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from
Liberty in 1996. Price also holds an associate degree in exercise science from
Farnborough College of Technology in England.