Long time collegiate coach Aaron Price has been named the new head coach and athletic coordinator at Hanks High School.  Price, the son of  former UTEP coach Mike Price, has a tremendous amount of experience, and has been with numerous programs including UTEP, Washington State, Hawaii, Humboldt State, Tulane, Cal-Poly, Idaho State and Missouri Western State.

Price has been instrumental in developing numerous quarterbacks for various programs in the past including Jordan Palmer from 2004-2006 while he was the QB/kickers coach for the Miners.  Hanks couldn't have made this hire at a better time as their program is in a slump to say the least, after they went 0-10 last season.  As far as head coaches are concerned, the Knights caught lightning in a bottle by acquiring Price, as he is the hire of the century.

In reality, this works out well for both sides, Aaron Price has his parents and three children in El Paso, and loves the city.  I spoke with Mike Price earlier today and he mentioned, "Aaron is thrilled to be coming back to El Paso to coach for a program like Hanks, and is extremely excited for the opportunity."  This speaks volumes as to Price's desire to be in the Sun City.

Hanks @ Andress  (Photo by Brandon Cohn)

Without question, there is tremendous excitement at Hanks with what Aaron Price will bring to the table.  His collegiate experience will be invaluable for countless high school kids looking to excel in their sport, and potentially move on to play college ball.  Price brings with him a superior knowledge of the game, especially on the offensive side of the ball, and being from his father's coaching tree, he is bound to incorporate a few trick plays here and there.

What high school football team in El Paso wouldn't want former UTEP coach Mike Price attending their home games to support their program and head coach?  Perhaps he could even join his son's staff as a consultant at Hanks, the possibilities are endless.  Things just got real interesting for the Knights as this hire was tremendous, and could very well be a game changer, and put the program back on the map.