Price to head football, while Ryan to fill boys hoops position
The task of leading the Plainview football and boys basketball team to success in 2015 will fall upon the shoulders of Joe Price and Chris Ryan respectively. The two men were approved for the head coaching positions during the Plainview School Board meeting Monday night.
Price has been at Plainview for two years and served as the offensive line coach. He has previous head coaching experience in Kansas as well as coaching experience as university and junior college level. Ryan is a native of Dickson and graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Plainview will serve as his first head coaching position.
Naturally, both men were excited about their new job titles and look forward to the upcoming season.
“Next year, we will have most of our kids back for the most part,” Price said. “Anytime you have a starting quarterback coming back, that makes thing work a little better because of the experience factor. Defensively, we have a lot of guys coming back as well. All things combined, there is a lot of things within our program heading in the right direction.”
Price said the defense will remain a 4-2-5 but the offense will run from the spread and look to make defenses react to their alignments. He said he would like to be 50/50 in terms of run/pass percentage.
“But what you think your strength is in Week 1 going into the season usually ends up shifting a little bit, just as the course of the season goes along. Right now, I can’t give you exact percentages. More likely, we will be a little bit more run-heavy.”
Price said he will instill the values of belief, accountability, selflessness and enthusiasm into the team as he prepares them for the gridiron and life beyond Friday Night Lights.
“Those are the values I will instill into the kids and will hold them accountable. If we can teach those things as athletes, it will carry over into life. My big deal is I want to make them successful in life. The football stuff will come but if we can help them become better people and be good husbands and dads, I think that is really our job as a coach.”
In his two years at Plainview, Price said he has gotten to know a lot of good people, which helped make the job appealing.
“They do a good job of teaching the kids the right things to do and our kid are really good kids and they are really good football players," he said. "All those things combined together make a good situation.”
Ryan was chosen from a pool of eight-to-10 candidates and will begin work with the team immediately during its summer league and team camps.
“I was impressed,” Plainview High School Principal Brian Nickel said. “He is a great character guy. He is one of those I know we can go to battle with. He will do the kids right, constantly growing and teaching.”
Plainview Superintendent Karl Stricker said the search is ongoing for an athletic director. The position will not be tied to a coaching position.
“We hope we will come down to a candidate very soon,” he said.