(Courtesy of Loyola Marymount External Relations)
LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount Athletics Director Dr. William Husak announced on Tuesday that Justin Price has been hired as Head Women's Rowing Coach and Rowing/Crew Coordinator. Price has spent the last seven years working with UCLA women's rowing, including the last three as associate head coach.
"First, I would like to thank Dr. Husak and Dan Smith for everything they have done in this process and for the opportunity to lead the LMU rowing program," Price said upon being hired. "I would also like to thank and recognize assistant coach Hanna Osborne for the work she has done in leading the program through a period of transition. It is clear that the administration and the alumni are willing to do what it takes to support rowing at a high level, and I could not be more excited to get to work building relationships and developing the kind of student-athletes that will help LMU compete for WCC Championships."
During his time at UCLA, Price helped the Bruins to four NCAA Championship appearances, including the program's first-ever team bid in 2010 and a program-best team finish (8th) in 2012. His latest trip to the NCAA Championships came in 2014, when the Bruins finished 12th overall.
The former UCLA student-athlete coordinated all aspects of the Bruins' recruiting efforts. While serving as UCLA's recruiting coordinator, Price helped secure top recruiting classes, featuring elite American and international athletes that had competed at the Junior and Under-23 National Team levels before arriving at UCLA.
Price spent the summer of 2013 representing the United States as the coach of the Under-23 men's coxed four that finished 8th at the Under-23 World Championships in Linz, Austria while also serving as the men's under-23 head coach at Pennsylvania Athletic Club.
Tied with elite athletes throughout his coaching career, Price coached the women's lightweight double sculls that won a bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games and also recruited and trained three-time US National Team member Greg Flood while serving as a freshman/novice coach at the University of Notre Dame. Price helped guide Flood to consecutive Crash-B World Indoor Rowing Championships in the Under-23 Collegiate Lightweight category in 2010 and 2011.
During the 2007-08 season at Notre Dame - his first full year with the program - Price coached two national championship novice crews as his student-athletes won both the novice eight and novice lightweight four at the American Collegiate Rowing Association's (ACRA) National Championship Regatta, contributing to Notre Dame's third place finish (best ever for the program) overall at the 2008 ACRA Regatta.
Before embarking on his coaching career, Price rowed four years for the UCLA men's team and graduated in 2006 with a degree in political science and a minor in music history. As a Bruin oarsman, he stroked the novice eight as a freshman and rowed in the varsity eight his final three seasons. In 2006, Price earned a bronze medal rowing in the men's varsity four at the Pac-10 Championships. He received the Coach's Award for his performance and leadership in 2004-05. In addition, Price was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic Team selection--first team (2005, 2006) and honorable mention (2004).
While working as an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame, Price earned his law degree (J.D.) in 2009 and is a member of the California State Bar.
As he begins his tenure at the helm of the Lion program, Price is quick to recognize the benefits of the university as a whole and its role in the recruiting process. "We're in a beautiful part of the world, and the size of the student body along with the support of the athletic department make LMU an ideal place to grow and develop as a student-athlete. I am honored to be a part of the Lion family and look forward to building something special that the entire university community can be proud of for years to come."