David Price
David Price

Hometown:
Walhalla, S.C.

Last College:
Western Carolina, 1997

Position:
Pole Vault/Throws


David Price begins his eighth season as an assistant track and field coach at East Carolina after serving half of a season as an assistant track and field coach at Gardner-Webb. Price joined the ECU coaching staff in February 2004.

During his first season, Price was instrumental in assisting six athletes earn All-Conference USA honors. During Price's tenure as assistant coach, he has helped 11 ECU athletes set school records in pole vault, hammer throw, weight throw, discus, shot put and javelin while helping 13 athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships, three NCAA All-Americans and one USATF Jr. All-American. In addition, Price also coached eight C-USA champions in weight, hammer, shot put and javelin throw.

During the 2010 outdoor season, Price coached seven throwers to qualify for the NCAA Championship preliminary round, which was the most of any program in North Carolina. Also ECU tied with Louisville and Nebraska for having the 2nd most athletes competing in the preliminary round of the women's hammer of the NCAA Championships. At the Conference USA Championships Price helped Dennis Aliotta(shot put), Matthew McConaughey(javelin), and Maegan Lewis(hammer) to conference titles in their event.

As a recruiter and coach, Price has a knack for identifying and exploiting the talent of his athletes. All but one of ECU athletes to compete at the NCAA Championships, USA Championships and USA Junior Championships has never participated in their respective event before attending ECU.

In 2006 Price was nominated and chosen by the United States Olympic Committee and USA Track & Field to participate in the "Emerging Elite Coaches Program" at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. The Emerging Elite Coaches Program picks four young coaches in each event to work directly with the USATF High Performance Team in finding ways to develop athletes to the medal stand at the Olympic Games and World Championships.

A native of Walhalla, S.C., Price spent four years as assistant coach at his alma mater, Western Carolina University, where he helped the Catamounts win back-to-back Southern Conference Championships in 2000 and 2001 and 22 Southern Conference champions.

Under Price's guidance, high jumper Virginia LaCombe earned All-America honors at WCU in 2002. WCU pole vaulter Michelle Velez also received national recognition after working out with Price as she set the Puerto Rican national record with a vault of 13-feet.

Several members of the WCU track and field team participated in the NCAA, U.S., and Junior Indoor and Outdoor National Championships in the women's high jump and pole vault during Price's five-year coaching stay in Cullowhee.

He was also part of a Southern Conference Championship team in 1998 at East Tennessee State, where he completed a graduate assistantship and received a master's degree in exercise and sport science.

The 38-year-old Price is married to the former Eva Valerie Jalajas, who is also a WCU graduate and standout pole vaulter, who competed in the 2000 NCAA and USA Indoor Championships. Eva teaches in the Physical Education Teacher Education program in the Exercise and Sports Science Department at ECU.

David and Eva are proud parents of two, beautiful daughters, Lily(4 yrs.) and Willow(2yrs.). Price is certified with USA Track & Field Level I and II Coaches Certifications, which includes training in throwing disciplines. He also serves as clinician for the N.C. High School Track Coaches Association in pole vault and high jump events and North Carolina Coaches Association for the shot put and discus.