He wore the same clothes, just a little more starched and pressed than before.
“When you are a young coach, it’s all about winning,” Price said. “As I progressed, it became about seeing young kids develop. At my age, it’s not all about winning. It’s about relationships. Being around people keeps you young.”
In his “youth,” Price managed to win 274 of 435 games with one tie — a 63 percent winning percentage — and three state championships (1974, ’82 and ’95).
Personally, I’ve known Price for the last 30 years of his journey and he was everything he admitted.
In the early stages, he was a gruff taskmaster who demanded compliance of his players. Players like Charles “Beetle” Robinson, Dave Linton and Alan Fiddler responded to become stars in that system.
As times changed, so did Price. He became an “it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it” guy and opened up the game to make it a little more fun for the players. But in reality, it was still his Wing T-styled attack wearing skateboard shoes as belly and buck sweeps remained prevalent.
And then, there was the trademark defense.
All along the way, Musselman remained a feared destination on most teams’ schedules. Price helped put Inwood on the map with an indelible mark.
In the paraphrased words of Billy Joel, Price didn’t go changing just to please anyone. He never let anyone down before. He took the good times and the bad times …
He stayed just the way he had always been — his winning self.
That ability made Denny Price a smart football coach and an even smarter person.
Bob Parasiliti is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-7358 or by email at email@example.com.