Eric Price begins his fourth year as UTEP's offensive coordinator in 2007. After coaching the wide receivers for the last three seasons, he will be in charge of the quarterbacks this fall.
Since Price joined the UTEP staff the Miners have scored 30 points or more in 22 games, while racking up 400+ yards of offense on 20 occasions.
The 2006 Miners ranked fifth nationally in passing offense (312.8 ypg), 18th in passing efficiency (149.25), 38th in scoring offense (27.3 ppg) and 39th in total offense (370.4 ypg). Quarterback Jordan Palmer threw for a school-record 3,595 yards, helping UTEP establish a school standard with 3,754 yards through the air. Palmer left UTEP holding all of the school's passing and total offense records.
Under Price's direction, Johnnie Lee Higgins Jr. became UTEP's all-time receiving leader last season. He rated second nationally in receiving as a senior, averaging 109.9 yards per game, and was appointed to two All-America teams (AFCA and the Associated Press). Higgins concluded his career with 3,218 yards receiving, 32 touchdown receptions and eleven 100-yard games. He was selected by Oakland in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Another of Price's proteges, Daniel Robinson, enjoyed a 606-yard receiving season in 2006 while scoring seven touchdowns.
The 2005 Miners rated ninth in the nation in passing offense (300.6 ypg), 31st in total offense (422.8 ypg), and 33rd in passing efficiency (136.82) and scoring offense (31.8 ypg). UTEP scored 30 points or more in seven games, and topped the 40-point barometer on four occasions.
Two Miner backs posted 100-yard rushing games in 2005 (Tyler Ebell and Marcus Thomas), and Thomas set a school record by going over the century mark in four straight games late in the season. Against Memphis on Oct. 1, UTEP had three 100-yard receivers in a game (Jayson Boyd, Chris Francies, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr.) for the first time in school history.
The Miners ranked 11th in the country in scoring (35.8 ppg), 26th in passing efficiency (138.0 rating), 29th in passing (251.3 ypg) and 42nd in total offense (393.6 ypg) in 2004. UTEP also had a 2,000-yard passer (Palmer) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Howard Jackson) for only the second time in school history.
The 2007 campaign marks Price's eighth year working alongside his father, Miner head coach Mike Price.
He previously spent time on his father's staff at Washington State. Price was a student assistant for the Cougars in 1991, and quarterbacks coach from 1998-2000. He was instrumental in the development of signal-callers Jason Gesser and Matt Kegel during his stay in Pullman.
He worked with the NFL's New York Jets in 2001 and 2002 as an offensive assistant. He played a major role in the progression of quarterback Chad Pennington, who led the NFL in passing efficiency during the 2002 season.
Price got his start in coaching in 1985 when he worked with two Australian club teams. He landed his first collegiate coaching position in 1990 when he was appointed a student assistant at his alma mater, Weber State.
He progressed to the Division I-A ranks in 1991 when he joined the Washington State staff. Among his proteges that year was future pro standout Drew Bledsoe.
Price worked with a pair of high-powered offenses as a graduate assistant at Hawaii and Miami (Fla.) over the next three years. The Rainbow Warriors rated fifth nationally in total offense in 1991, as Price coached the wide receivers. In 1992 and 1993 he directed the wide receivers and ran the defensive scout team at Miami. The Hurricanes led the country in passing offense in 1992, and played for the national title in the Sugar Bowl. In two years with Price on the staff, Miami went 20-4 and featured three receivers who went on to starting assignments in the NFL.
Price coached the wide receivers at Cal Poly SLO from 1994-95, and again at Northern Arizona from 1996-97. Cal Poly SLO was second in Division I-AA in passing and total offense in 1995. Price helped Northern Arizona rank first in I-AA in total offense and third in passing in 1996. The Lumberjacks reached the I-AA playoffs for the first time in school history. NAU had a quarterback who threw for 3,000 yards and a running back who ran for 2,000 yards, another first in the history of the program.
A native of Ogden, Utah, Price prepped at Ogden High where he was a standout receiver. He earned USA Today honorable mention All-America honors after reeling in 77 passes for over 1,000 yards his senior year. He led the state in receiving en route to being tabbed an All-State, All-League and All-Area selection.
Price played at the collegiate level for Dixie Junior College (1986-87) and Weber State (1988-91). He was coached by his father at Weber in 1988. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1990.
Price and his wife, Jody, have a daughter, Emma, and a son, Andrew.
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