The former Grand Canyon head coach who guided the program to its only postseason victory will now begin to build a program that has yet to play a match.
Queens announced Monday that it hired Jeremy Price to be the inaugural head coach for its men’s volleyball program that will begin playing in 2018.
“Jeremy brings a variety of high level experiences that uniquely position him to lead our men’s volleyball program,” Queens athletics director Cherie Swarthout said in a statement. “His leadership skills combined with his passion and energy around the growth of men’s volleyball will put Queens on an upward trajectory from the beginning.”
Price in five seasons with Grand Canyon had a 68-91 combined record before his tenure ended at the end of the 2015 season. Grand Canyon under Price went 17-12 in 2013, its first winning record in program history, and had an upset victory against Ohio State in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals.
Along with his team’s success, Price was selected as the 2012 MIVA Coach of the Year after the Antelopes finished the regular season in fourth place in the MIVA.
Before arriving at Grand Canyon, Price spent four seasons as the head coach at Juniata. The Division III school with Price had four consecutive top-four finishes in the AVCA national coaches poll and won two Molten Division III national championships.
“It is an honor to be selected to start the men’s volleyball program at Queens,” Price said in a statement. “I want to thank Cherie for the opportunity to join such an amazing campus community. Queens has everything that one could want – an excellent location in a vibrant city, a strong academic reputation, beautiful facilities, and an outstanding professional staff. I cannot wait to move to Charlotte and begin to bring championship level men’s volleyball to Queens.”
Queens, a Division II private university located in Charlotte, North Carolina, announced in October that it would sponsor a men’s volleyball program. The Royals also are the 13th school in almost a decade from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia to add a NCAA Division II men’s volleyball program.