CHAMPIONSHIPS (3): 2014 (ECFC), 2016 (ECFC), 2017 (ECFC)
NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (3): 2014, 2016, 2017
COACH OF THE YEAR (4): 2014 (ECFC), 2016 (ECFC), 2017 (ECFC), 2017 (NEFW DII/DIII)
CAREER RECORD: 64-42 (.604)
Gabby Price, the winningest coach in program history and the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) based on winning percentage enters his sixth straight and 12th overall season at the helm of the Husson football team in 2018. Price also serves as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, roles he has held since 2013.
Price enters the season with a 64-42 (.604) overall record with three ECFC championships, four ECFC Regular Season titles and nine winning seasons. Husson has reached the six-victory plateau in seven of Price’s 11 years and posted 10 or more wins once.
Over Price’s 11-year span as the head coach of the Eagles, he has built the program from a reboot, independent club to an established NCAA Division III, national power-level team, which has made three NCAA Championship Tournament appearances in 2014, 2016 and 2017 with two ECAC Bowl Games berths in 2008 and 2015.
In yet another testament to the program’s winning ways, Husson has gone 39-14 (.736) since Price returned in 2013, including a 31-4 (.886) mark versus conference opponents, the best record of any conference foe during that timeframe.
After leading the Eagles to ECFC titles in 2014 and 2016, Husson’s run of success under Price continued last fall, as the program captured back-to-back ECFC championships for the first time in program history becoming the first team in ECFC history to repeat as the league champion. The Eagles went a perfect 7-0 in ECFC play for the third time in the last four seasons, a feat that no league member has ever accomplished before and finished the regular season with a 9-1 overall mark for the second straight season with a 42-14 victory over Mount Ida College in the final matchup between the two schools on November 11. As Mount Ida annouced in the Spring of 2018, they would be closing their doors for good. The Mustangs were the only team the Eagles played in every year since the program was restablished after a 58 year hiatus in 2002 and first completed in 2003.
After the senior day victory over the Mustangs, the Eagles then went on to make program history with its 23-21 victory over #19/#20 Springfield College Pride in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on November 18, marking the program’s first win in three appearances and the it’s first ever win over a ranked opponent. The Eagles however bowed out of the NCAA Tournament with a 37-15 loss to #5/#7 Delaware Valley (DelVal) University Aggies in the second round on November 25. With the loss to DelVal, the Eagles finished their 15th year anniversary season with double-digited wins for the first time in program history with a 10-2 overall mark.
The Eagles once again led the conference in 3rd down conversion pct. (0.428), 3rd down conversion pct. defense (0.293), blocked kicks (10), blocked punts (8), first downs (255), interceptions (19), rushing yards allowed (101.8), scoring offense (37.6), scoring defense (14.2), team passing efficiency (137.88), team passing efficiency defense (96.90), total offense (245.0), total defense (423.5), completion percentage (.582) and sacks allowed (12).
Fourteen members of the Husson University football team were recognized with All-ECFC accolades, led by the Offensive Player of the Year, John Smith - who became the only player in ECFC history to be named Offensive Player of the Year in back-to-back-to-back seasons. John Smith was among six first team selections on offense, along with junior quarterback Cory Brandon, senior tight end DJ Allen, senior wide receiver Robenson Saintard, junior guard Brad Weston and freshman tackle Jacob Cameron. Senior rover Jean Gabriel, junior cornerback Quan Soyini, senior defensive tackle Luke Washburn, junior inside linebacker Elvin Suazo, Jr. were named to the first team Defense, while freshman defensive end Frank Curran and junior defensive tackle Tarik Smith landed on the second team. Rounding out Husson’s school record 17 honorees are two Special Teams selections. Quan Soyini received first team nods at kick returner, while sophomore kicker Devin Pickett earned a spot on the Second Team.
The postseason accolades continued to roll in for the Eagles, following their histoically 2017 campagin as thirteen members were selected to the Noontime Sports Blog Team of Year, while John Smith was tabbed as their Offensive Player of the Year. Four Eagles earned All-ECAC honors, John Smith, Jacob Cameron were chosen to the first team, while Jean Gabriel and Quan Soyini recieved second team nods.
A program record four players earned d3football.com All-East Region honors, highlighted by John Smith’s selection to the first team - who became the first player in program history to be selected to the first team and the first to be named to the team three years in a row, Brad Weston and Jean Gabriel landed on the second team and Quan Soyini earned a spot on the third team.
The Eagles weren’t done yet as John Smith earned his fourth-straight New England Football Writers (NEFW) Division II/III All-New England Team selection, the first player in program history to be named to team four times and Quan Soyini who earned a spot on the all-New England Team following his breakout campaign in his second full season as a starter, becoming the first defensive back since Bryan Biggers in 2006 to be selected to the team. John Smith was also tabbed as the New England College Division Player of the Year, the first player in program history to recieve this honor from the NEFW.
Additionally, John Smith, Frank Curran, Jean Gabriel, Quan Soyini, Jacob Cameron all earned All-American status with their selections to D3football.com (Smith (2nd Team) and Gabriel (3rd Team)), Associated Press Little (Smith (1st Team) and Soyini (2nd Team)), American College Football Network (Smith (1st Team), Curran (Freshman 1st Team) and Cameron (Freshman 1st Team) and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) (Smith (1st Team)) teams.
John Smith was also a semifinalist for the Gagliardi Trophy - the nation top DIII Player - the first semifinalist in Husson University’s football program and ECFC history.
Husson’s historic campaign also featured a pair of Gold Helmet award-winning performances both from John Smith, first one coming during week five and the final one at the end of the season and a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District I Team selection in senior center Luis Rivera.
Husson was ranked No. 3 in New England in the final Grinold Chapter New England Division III Poll for the second straight season, and for the first time in program history, Husson University broke into the national rankings. The Eagles, who entered the AFCA Poll at No. 31 in the final regular season edition on November 13, climbed ten spots to No. 21 and was unranked in the final D3Football.com regular season edition, jumped up to a tie for No. 25 with Franklin. The final AFCA and d3football.com rankings represents the highest in program history and marked the first time that a team from the ECFC is ranked in the top 25 in both polls. The team’s final NCAA East regional ranking of No. 6 also represented a program best. It was third time in program history that the team has been ranked by the NCAA.
Price was recognized as the ECFC Coach of the Year for the third time in 2017 before collecting Division II/Division III Coach of the Year honors from the NEFW, while seeing defensive coordinator Grant Caserta earn ECFC Assistant Coach of the Year.
Off the field, 12 players were named to the 2017 ECFC All-Academic Team and five to the National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
2016: Under Price’s guidance, the already successful football program reached new heights in 2016, further cementing itself as the premier Division III program in New England. The Eagles posted a program record 9-2 record, which included reeling off a school-record nine-consecutive wins after falling in their first-game of the season to Alfred, 35-28, who finished the season the 14th ranked team in the nation, while recording another undefeated conference record, 7-0 for the second time in the last three seasons, en route to the program’s second ECFC title and NCAA DIII Championship Tournament appearance in the last three years. However the Eagles fell short of their goal of winning a NCAA Tournament game, losing to Western New England, 44-27 in the first round on November 19.
The Eagles led the conference in 3rd down conversion pct. (0.546), 3rd down conversion pct. defense (0.546), completion percentage (.582), first downs (204), first downs defense (86), team passing efficiency (156.82), team passing efficiency defense (84.81), passing yards per completion (14.99), red zone defense (.619) and per game averages in passing offense (233.9), passing yards allowed (134.1), rushing offense (232.8), rushing yards allowed (47.6) scoring offense (38.4), scoring defense (17.5), total offense (466.7), and total defense (181.7). Price’s defense also led the ECFC in sacks (27), interceptions (17) and tackles for loss (95) and led the nation in five different defensive categories: total defense, rushing defense, team passing efficiency defense, 3rd down defense, first down defense and was ranked third in passing yards allowed, but also led all three NCAA Divisions in total defense, rushing defense and 3rd down defense.
A program record 14 of Price’s student-athletes were recognized with All-ECFC accolades, led by the Offensive Player of the Year, John Smith - who became the only player in ECFC history to be named Offensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons - the Defensive Player of the Year, Luke Washburn - making 2016 the fourth straight year in which Husson has had a player earn the honor, and Offensive Lineman of the Year, Nick Lewis.
Additionally, several players earned All-Region honors, highlighted by John Smith’s selections to the d3football.com All-East Region second team - who becAme the first Eagle player to be selected to the second team in program history and the first to be named to the team in back-to-back seasons, while earning his third-straight New England Football Writers (NEFW) Division II/III All-New England Team selection, the first Eagle player in program history to be named to team three times. Washburn was also a finalist the Cliff Harris Award making it the second-straight season an Eagle player has been named a finalists.
Husson was ranked No. 3 in New England in the final Grinold Chapter New England Division III Poll, and the Eagles also received votes for the first time in program history in the final d3football.com poll, finishing the season in a three way tie as the 36th best team in the nation. The team’s final NCAA East regional ranking of No. 9 also represented a program best. It was second time in program history that the team has been ranked by the NCAA.
Price was recognized as the ECFC Coach of the Year for the second time in 2016, while seeing assistant head football coach, offensive line coach and special teams coordinator, Nat Clark earn ECFC Assistant Coach of the Year and defensive coordinator Grant Caserta named a finalist for Division III Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop.com.
Off the field, 14 players were named to the 2016 ECFC All-Academic Team and four to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society.
2015: In 2015, Price guided the Eagles to a 7-3 overall mark, their seventh consecutive winning season under Coach Price and a share of their second consecutive ECFC Regular Season Title, while earning the program’s second ECAC Bowl Game appearance.
Following the regular season, sophomore running back John Smith and senior inside linebacker Bryant Wade were been named ECFC Offense and Defense Players of the Year, while being named to the All-ECFC first team. Joining J. Smith and Wade on the All-ECFC first team were Eagle teammates, senior left tackle Matt Archer, and senior nose guard Matt Pellerin, while junior wide receiver Deon Wiggins, sophomore wide receiver Robenson Saintard, sophomore defensive tackle Luke Washburn, junior inside linebacker Ellis Throckmorton and junior cornerback Marquis Jiminez were named to the second team. Earning All-ECFC Honorable Mention honors were junior safety Alonzo Connor, senior defensive end Ian Palmer, senior quarterback Joe Seccareccia and junior return specialist Deon Wiggins. J. Smith was also named to the d3football.com All-East Third Team and to the NEFW DII/DIII All-New England as well to the All-ECAC North second team with Matt Archer. Wade was named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award. Off the field, a recond setting 16 players were named to the 2015 ECFC All-Academic Team.
2014: Price led the Eagles to an 8-2 overall mark and a 7-0 record in the ECFC to earn the program’s first league championship and host their first NCAA National Championship first round game in 2014. The Eagles led the conference in per games averages for points (31.4), total offense (374.7), rushing offense (225.2), first downs (19.4), scoring defense (18.4) and rushing defense (92.8). Price’s defense also led the ECFC in sacks (27) and return touchdowns (4) and tied for the league lead in interceptions (19).
Following 2014 the season, Price was named ECFC Coach of the Year and saw a school record 11 Eagles gain ALL-ECFC honors, including Defensive Player of the Year Stephan Dance, Offensive Lineman of the Year Alex Young and Rookie of the Year John Smith. Dance and Young were voted first team All-Americans by ACFN and John Smith and Luke Washburn earned spots on the ACFN All-American Freshman squad. Off the field, 13 players were named to the 2014 ECFC All-Academic Team and five to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society.
2013: In 2013, Price began his second stint as the Husson head coach after retiring following the 2008 season. Under his leadership again, the Eagles achieved a 5-5 overall record and 4-3 mark in conference play. The season was a three-win improvement over the previous season. Price saw nine of his players garner All-ECFC honors as the team notched a winning record in ECFC play for the first time in program history.
Price was hired to be the team’s first head coach after Husson restarted the football program in 2002, with the last season of competition being before World War II. He guided the Eagles for six seasons from 2003-08. In Price’s initial run with the Eagles, he established a program known for its hard-nosed rushing attack and physical defense. Price led the Eagles to their first victory on October 9, 2004 against Southern Virginia University, 28-14. The team continued to progress under his leadership, recording its first winning season in 2006 and going 7-3 in 2008, advancing to the ECAC Bowl. During the six year run, Price amassed a 25-28 overall record but was 19-10 from 2006-08. Price also served as Husson's Director of Athletics during his first stint as head coach.
Price’s coaching career began in 1973 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, Bangor High School. During his three-year stint as an assistant coach, Bangor won state championships in 1973 and 1975. He was then named head coach in 1976 and would continue that role on two different occasions from 1976-1984 and 1992-2000. Price amassed a career record of 129-52 during his 18 years at Bangor, and his teams made the playoffs 15 out of 18 years. In all, Price led Bangor to the state championship game six times as head coach, winning titles in 1979 and 1981.
Price spent the 1969 season as a QB/DB at Rutgers University before transferring to the University of Maine and lettering for two seasons in 1970-71. Price earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Maine in 1973.
The Bangor, Maine, native was a three-sport standout at Bangor, playing football, boys basketball and baseball. He was named the school’s Athlete of the Year.
Price spent the 1968 football season as a post graduate at Bridgton Academy. He was inducted into the Bridgton Academy Hall of Fame in the spring of 2006.
Price has spent his entire life serving the Bangor area as an educator and businessman. He spent 12 years teaching in the Bangor school system before retiring in 1985. After retiring from teaching, he has continued to own and operate several Bangor businesses.
Price and his wife, Mary, have been married for 45 years and have one daughter, Susan, who is married to Andy Stephenson. Price has two grandsons, Teddy and Jack, and granddaughter, Georgianna.