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Aurora -- Although Aurora High School is Tyler Price's first volleyball head coaching job, he is a veteran of the sport, both as a player and an assistant coach.
Price said he knows he's ready to be a head coach.
"I'm excited to be on my own," he said. "It's a huge step for me. I want to see the girls be competitive, but also see them grow, both on and off the court.
"I have a huge passion for volleyball," he added. "I want to see the girls match or exceed my passion."
Price believes Aurora High School is a great spot for him. "Aurora was very welcoming to me," he said. "They made me feel wanted."
Price is a 2006 graduate of Stow-Munroe Falls High School, where he was a setter and hitter in volleyball and a football linebacker and tight end.
He decided to stop playing football after his junior year so he could concentrate on volleyball, where he earned varsity letters as a junior and senior.
After graduating from the University of Akron, Price served for four years as junior varsity volleyball coach at Stow-Munroe Falls, where Miquel Ramirez was head coach.
During all four of those seasons, Price helped coach his sister, Tori Price, in volleyball. "It was unique," he said. "I had to play the coach's card and also be the big brother."
Ironically, the year that his sister graduated, Price moved on to Aurora.
Price, 28, spent eight years in the U.S. Navy. He was deployed to Afghanistan for about one year from 2010-11. His contract with the Navy ended in January 2015 after he reached the rank of petty officer third class, and he did not re-enlist.
Price, who is married to Brittney, is attending graduate school at the University of Akron to pursue a master's degree in sports science.
Aurora's first volleyball match is scheduled for Aug. 25 when the Greenmen host Mentor.
"[When I was much younger], I never really thought about being a coach," he said. "But someone asked me to volunteer so I did. It just grew from there."
While Price is coaching in his new position, he hopes to stress the love of volleyball to his players.
"No matter what happens, you still need to love the sport and have fun," he said. "If you get away from that, things start to suffer. I want to make sure the girls enjoy what they're doing."
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