Making the transition from Washington State with Price are Chris Ball (secondary), Bob Connelly (offensive line), Kasey Dunn (assistant head coach/running backs) and Aaron Price (quarterbacks/kickers/punters).
"This is a great start on getting the staff together," Price said. "The coaches who are coming with me from Washington State are excellent coaches and are obviously very familiar with the offensive system we run.
"I will be attending the coaches' convention in New Orleans on Tuesday and while there, will also interview several defensive coaches. I would like to complete the staff by the end of the week," Price said.
Ball, a 16-year coaching veteran, is a 1986 graduate of Missouri Western State. He has coached at his alma mater twice, Northeast Missouri State (1986-87), Akron (1987-88), Coffeyville Junior College (1990-94) and Western Oregon State (1995-96). He spent two years at Idaho State where he served as defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. His Washington State secondary recorded a school record 26 interceptions in 2001 and had 17 this past season.
Connelly is a 1994 graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce and a native of Dallas, Texas. After a stint as graduate assistant at Texas A&M-Commerce (1994-95), he coached offensive line and tight ends at Cisco Junior College (1996-97) and then spent a year at Texas A&M (1998) where he coached the offensive line and special teams. In 1999, he coached offensive line and tight ends for California State-Northridge and then spent a season at San Jose State (2000) coaching the offensive line before moving to Washington State for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Dunn, a 1992 graduate of the University of Idaho, spent the 1992-93 seasons with the Houston Oilers, British Columbia Lions and Edmonton Eskimos, before moving into the college ranks at Idaho from 1993-94. He then coached at the University of San Diego (1994), New Mexico (1996-97) and TCU (1998), before joining the Washington State staff in March, 1998.
Aaron Price, a 1994 graduate of Washington State, coached at Cal Poly, SLO (1994), Washington State (1995-97), Missouri Western State (1998) and Idaho State (1999-2000) before returning to Washington State for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He tutored the quarterbacks for the Cougars and was instrumental in the development of WSU greats Ryan Leaf and Jason Gesser.
Ben Pollard, the only holdover from the previous staff, will continue his duties as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
After interviewing several candidates this week at the Coaches Convention in New Orleans, Price is expected to complete his staff quickly.