"Spending a season working with Coach Rhoads at Auburn I developed a lot of respect for him as a person and a coach," Price says. "When he offered me a chance to coach on his staff I was ready to make the move."
Rhoads, who was named head coach of the Cyclones in December, was the first member of Coach Tommy Tuberville's 2008 AU coaching staff to land a job. He replaced Gene Chizik in Ames after Chizik made the move to take over as head coach at Auburn.
The second member of the 2008 AU staff to land a job was linebacker coach James Willis, who was re-hired by Chizik to work for the Tigers. Price is now the third 2008 AU on the field coach to land a coaching job. Offensive line coach Hugh Nall has taken a position in management with a business in Albany, Ga., although he had other offers to continue to coach.
For Price, who has already moved to Ames and begun working, it is a return to the state of Iowa. "I lived here from kindergarten through fourth grade when my dad was with GE in Clinton over by the Mississippi River," Price notes.
Price is shown with former Auburn assistant defensive line coach Don Dunn. The two coached side by side for 14 seasons at Ole Miss and Auburn.
Price played college football at Texas A&M, another current member of the Big 12, so he won't be a stranger to football in that conference. He began coaching in 1994 as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M after a short run as an NFL player with the Bears and Dolphins before having to stop playing due to a serious knee injury.
He took his first full-time coaching position at Western Kentucky in 1994 where he was the defensive line and strength coach.
The following season he was hired by Tuberville on the coach's initial staff at Ole Miss and stayed in Oxford for four seasons before making the move to Auburn.
"I spent 10 great years at Auburn and have great memories of the people there," he says. "It was where I was married (wife Kenya) and where our two boys (Alexander and Devin) were born. We have a lot of friends at Auburn and it was a great place to live, raise a family and coach football."
Price says that he isn't sure exactly what his coaching assignment will be with the Cyclones. "Coach Rhoads is still working on lining up his staff," Price notes. "I may coach defensive ends or I may end up coaching all of the defensive line. We will just have to wait and see what happens with that."
Known as a hard worker at Auburn, both on the field and as a recruiter, Price notes that he has been on the phone talking to recruits and getting familiar with the returning players on the Iowa State roster.
"I really believe Paul Rhoads is going to be successful here and I feel good about being at Iowa State," he says.