After 12 dedicated years as Husson's head football coach, Gabby Price announced that he would be stepping down from his position with the program on Tuesday morning. Price was the program's head coach from 2002-2008 and returned in 2013.
"It has been an honor and our privilege to work with Coach Price during these past six football seasons," said athletic director Frank Pergolezzi. "His commitment to Husson University and to the students in our football program has been outstanding. His priority has consistently been the health and welfare of each of our student-athletes. They are fortunate to have had the opportunity to have been coached by him."
Husson moves into the Commonwealth Coast Conference for football in the fall of 2019.
The winningest coach in program history and the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, based on winning percentage, Price led the Eagles to five ECFC championships, and 10 winning seasons. After accepting the position in 2002, he built the Husson football program into a New England power-level team, accomplishing four NCAA plaoff appearances in the 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons with two ECAC bowl games berths in 2008 and 2015.
It was a difficult decision for the beloved head coach to make as he reflects, "I am honored to have had the job and have appreciated every minute that I have had working with so many outstanding people."
Husson football has become a stronger, well-respected NCAA D-III program since Price took the reins as he stood at the helm of the program from 2002-2008 and returned in 2013 through the 2018 season. Throughout his 12-year span, Price has accomplished a 72-45 (.615) career record.
A man whom all of his players looked up to, Price saw 78 student-athletes garner all-conference recognition and 11 achieve a major conference award. He was also named ECFC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season in 2018 and fourth overall in his career, in addition to being named New England DII/DIII Coach of the Year in 2017. Since returning to Husson in 2013, Price has coached two D3football.com All-America selections and has seen 61 student-athletes earn a spot on the ECFC All-Academic Team.
"I love coaching because of the players playing and those who have played," Price said. "I am and have been proud of our players in so many ways. They have won some games and also been great to each other. Everyone has a story and many of our players have had an incredible journey in so many different directions. The greatest teachers in my life have been our players and for that I love them and will always be indebted to them."