Dec. 3, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University head football coach Mike Price has been named regional coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association.
The award is Price's fourth from the AFCA. He also earned regional honors last season and in 1997 as WSU's head coach in 1987 while guiding Weber State to a 10-3 mark.
"It is very humbling when your peers bestow this kind of honor on you," Price said Tuesday. "There are so many deserving coaches in our district and across the nation. This is a tremendous honor, one I am extremely proud to receive. In so many ways, this award is also recognition to all of our assistants and to the players. They are the ones who make it possible."
The dean of the Pacific-10 Conference football coaches, Price has WSU positioned to make a return to the Rose Bowl with a win over UCLA Saturday. The Cougars are guaranteed a post-season bowl appearance for the second straight year, the first time a WSU football team has played in back to back bowl games.
Price is also looking forward to his fifth bowl game with WSU. He guided the Cougars to the Copper Bowl in 1992, the Alamo Bowl in 1994, the Rose Bowl in 1997 and the Sun Bowl last year.
In addition, Price is just the third WSU coach in the last 50 years to record back to back winning seasons. The others are Jim Sutherland in the late 1950's and Jim Walden in the early 1980's. Last year WSU was 10-2 following a victory over Purdue in the Sun Bowl, while this year his Cougar squad enters Saturday's game at UCLA with a 9-2 overall mark and a 6-1 Pac-10 record. A win assures the Cougars of a return trip to the Rose Bowl and a share of the conference title.
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