RENO, Nev. –Melissa (Missy) Price has been named the head soccer coach at the University of Nevada, athletics director Cary Groth announced today.
“I’m very excited to have Missy as our head soccer coach,” Groth said. “Not only does she bring a wealth of knowledge about the game but she also brings continuity to the program. Her leadership will make Nevada soccer a contender in the WAC and postseason play.”
Price, who has spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at Nevada, becomes the fifth head coach in program history.
As an assistant last season, she helped guide the team to the final game of the WAC tournament for only the second time in program history and also led Nevada to a program record for conference wins in a season with five.
During her time at Nevada, she served as the team sport psychologist, assisted with training sessions, game preparation, film analysis and was the goalkeeper coach. In addition, Price also was responsible for the equipment budget, compliance forms, academics, team travel, summer camps and was the community service coordinator.
“I would like to thank Cary Groth, Keith Hackett, and the athletic department staff for this fantastic opportunity,” Price said. “The University of Nevada is committed to developing first-class student athletes and I’m honored to be a part of such an outstanding institution. I’m excited to continue the growth of the Wolf Pack soccer program and look forward to building a tradition of success.”
Prior to her time at Nevada, Price served as an assistant coach at the University of Miami from 2002-04, the University of Illinois from 1999-02 and the University of Virginia from 1997-99. Price holds a USSA ‘A’ coaching license and a NSCAA Level I Goalkeeping Diploma.
She played collegiately at the University of Maryland from 1993-97 where she was a two-time NCAA quarterfinalist and a Mid-Atlantic All-Region team honoree. Price earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 1997 and earned her master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology in 1999.
She is currently pursuing a doctorate in sports and exercise psychology from the University of Virginia. What they are saying about Price: “Missy will make a great head coach and I believe her knowledge, passion and drive to be successful will impact Nevada immediately. She is committed to excellence and will not settle for anything less then a championship” – Tricia Taliaferro, head coach University of Miami.