A familiar face will return to Landers Pavilion when the Marian Central boys basketball season begins.

Curtis Price will return to his role as coach of the varsity Hurricanes. Price coached for nine years before he was hired as the school’s athletic director in 2016, when Jim Sarther served as head coach.

“I’m just happy to be back and helping out the kids as much as I can. One thing I love is helping see athletes develop. I do it as an athletic director, and now as a coach,” Price said.

Basketball has always been a big part of Price’s life. He played from an early age, and natural ability for the game led to a scholarship to play at DePaul.

“Basketball is a part of me and defines me a little bit. It helped me grow into the man I am and is going to continue to help me grow,” Price said, adding that coaching is his way to give back to the game that has given him so much.

“I wouldn’t have met my wife if it wasn’t for basketball, and I wouldn’t have gone to DePaul,” Price said. “I feel like I wouldn’t be a part of the Marian Central community if it wasn’t for the game of basketball.”

Nov. 6 kicked off the first week of practice for the Hurricanes. Scott Truckenbrod will serve as assistant coach. The ’Canes will take the court for the first time this season Monday, Nov. 20, in Round Lake.

While he is excited to be back on the court, Price, who can always be found on the sidelines of a Marian Central game, admitted the only downside is that he will miss attending some athletic events during the basketball season.

“I can’t go to some girls basketball games; I can’t go to some wrestling meets or watch the fencers; but, at the same time, those students know how much I love them and how much I care about what they’re doing. They know I’m going to be there in spirit,” he said.

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