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J.C. Price, an All-America and All-Big East Conference defensive lineman at Virginia Tech during his playing days, joined Marshall’s coaching staff in March 2012. In his first season, he coached the defensive line. The following season, he took over Herd defensive tackles.
In 2012, Herd defensive lineman Alex Bazzie was named All-Conference USA third team by Phil Steele.
Price also has had success as the Herd’s recruiter in Virginia, Maryland and the Washington D.C. region.
Price came to Marshall after eight seasons at James Madison, where he also coached the defensive line and served as the staff's defensive run-game coordinator. During his time with the Dukes, JMU defensive linemen were named to an All-Colonial Athletic Association team 16 times and to an All-America team on seven occasions.
Two of Price's players signed NFL contracts, while a third was a sixth-round draft choice. Price helped JMU to five FCS playoff appearances, capturing the national championship in 2004. Statistically, he helped lead a unit that was a mainstay among the national defensive statistical leaders, leading the nation in sacks twice (2004, 2006) and finishing in the top three 10 times. The Dukes' 57 sacks in 2004 were a single-season FCS record.
Prior to his JMU stint, Price was a four-year letterman for Virginia Tech, where he helped the nationally ranked Hokies win a Big East title while earning first-team All-Big East and 1995 All-America third team honors (Associated Press) at defensive tackle. In Price’s final three seasons (1993-95), Tech went 27-9 with two bowl wins, and started the school’s current streak of 23 consecutive seasons with bowl bids.
In his four seasons in Coach Frank Beamer’s program, Price produced 17 sacks and 30 tackles for loss. He was a third-round selection by the Carolina Panthers in the 1996 NFL Draft and was with the Arizona Cardinals for two subsequent seasons before recurring back problems curbed his playing days.
After his playing career, he served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Virginia Tech for two years and then went on to Radford (Va.) High School, where he was defensive line coach and defensive coordinator from 1999-2001. He returned to Blacksburg in 2002, where he served as a graduate assistant coach for the Hokies for two seasons.
Price, 43, came to Tech from Dunkirk, Md., where he starred at Northern High School. He earned bachelor's degrees in interdisciplinary studies (1998) and health and education (2002) from Virginia Tech.
Price and his wife, Jennifer – one of the top players in Hokie women’s basketball history – have two daughters, Madison and Riley.