In his first full year as head coach of the Rutgers women’s rowing team, Justin Price has done a great job and his hard work is getting noticed. He is nominated for the fan’s choice for collegiate coach of the year by US Rowing. As of noon on Tuesday, Price is in second place out of five nominees. Central Florida’s Becky Cramer is leading with 41% of the votes while Price is right behind at 37%, which is approximately a difference of 200 votes or so. The other nominees include Montia Ria from Central Oklahoma and Peter Steenstra of Bates College.
From US Rowing on Price’s candidacy:
“In his inaugural year as coach, Price helped guide Rutgers University to one of its best seasons in program history. At the 2018 Eastern Sprints, Rutgers posted six, top-three finishes, leading to a third place finish in overall points.”
Price was hired by athletic director Pat Hobbs in July 2017 and came to the banks with a strong resume that included time at UCLA as a standout athlete and assistant coach. The Scarlet Knights were far more competitive under Price in 2018 and recently beat nationally ranked Navy in the varsity eight event, with boats from Rutgers finishing in first and second place.
You can vote for Price here and the polls close at midnight on Tuesday night. The winner will be announced on Wednesday.