Scoggins Middle School football coach, Marcus Price, has been selected to participate in the 2017 NCAA and NFL Coach Academy February 10th-12 in Tampa, Fla. He is the only one chosen from the secondary school level in the country to attend the academy.
Price is no ordinary middle school coach. Price had a successful career at Louisiana State University (1991-94). During his career, Price was a standout All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) offensive tackle under the guidance of offensive line coach Larry Zeirlien, later the offensive line coach for the 2006 Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1994, he held the distinction have having the most starts in LSU history earning both all conference and All Academic American honors, paving the way for the tigers offensive to be the best rushing offense in the conference.
Following his stellar collegiate career, Price enjoyed a strong professional career that included stints with the San Diego Chargers (1997-2000), New Orleans Saints (2000-01), Buffalo Bills 2002-04) and the Dallas Cowboys (2005-06). Upon realizing that he could not play forever, Price started Leverage University (TPD) in 2007. Leverage University is an organization that strives to deliver a continuum of consistent services designed to enhance a productive relationship between physical conditioning and athletic development. Price created an avenue for educating and training athletes to be well rounded in physical conditioning and sport specific athletic preparation while providing internship opportunities based upon their desired degree field. Later he partnered with NCSA Athletic recruiting to enhance his offering to include recruiting educational seminars for both the student athlete and their families. These endeavors paved the way for his transition to the other side of the whistle.
Price continued to evolve his coach acumen as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator with the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe (2007-08). In addition, to becoming an offensive coordinator for Westview High school and Head Coach (2009) at Del Norte High where he led the Del Norte to their first CIF San Diego title.
The NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy provides current, full-time intercollegiate football coaches at NCAA member institutions, some who are former NFL athletes, to expand their knowledge and insight into the world of intercollegiate football coaching. Marcus commented, “Being chosen to participate in the field is a tremendous honor there nothing better than being recognized and being respected by colleagues you encountered along the way.”
During the three-day academy, the NCAA leadership development staff and the National Football League Player Engagement are able to educate and train selected participants in a variety of areas that encourage effective coaching and improve student-athlete well-being at both the intercollegiate and professional levels. Topical education and conversation during the academy may include: effective communication with campus and community constituents; the importance of building culture focused on the overall success of the student-athletes both on and off the field; budget management of a football program; coaching strategies and philosophies.
As a participant at this academy, Price will gain knowledge from a variety of workshops and interactive-discussion sessions. You will also be able to network with individuals that include the other participants, NCAA and NFL staff and other key resources in the industry. Keynote speakers have included Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Alabama Nick Saban, legendary NFL coaches Dan Reeves and Tony Dungy, NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, and Tyrone Willingham, former head coach at Notre Dame, Stanford and the University of Washington.
A committee composed of coaches and administrators from the Association membership and the NFL selected the 30 participants through an internal process.