Gabby Price enters his fifth straight and 11th overall season at the helm of the Husson football team in 2017. Price also serves as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, roles he has held since 2013. His career record entering the season is 54-40 (.574) making him the winningest coach in program history.
Under Price’s guidance, the already successful football program reached new heights last fall, 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 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
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.
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 USA College Football. Off the field, 13 players were named to the 2014 ECFC All-Academic Team and five to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society.
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’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.