Dr. Melissa Price discusses her 2013 National Signing Day soccer class.
Dr. Melissa (Missy) Price enters her fourth year as head coach and sixth overall at Nevada. In May of 2010 she graduated with a Ph.D. in sport psychology from the University of Virginia.
Alongside assistant Kirk Nelson, Price obtained her NSCAA Premier Diploma, the highest coaching certification given by the coaches association, in January of 2012.
Price's 2012 squad improved with a 7-10-3 record in its first season as a member of the Mountain West. Price led the team into the Mountain West Tournament, defeating Boise State 1-0 in the quarterfinal round.
2011 saw Nevada post a 3-16 overall record in 19 matches in its last season in the WAC. In 2010 Nevada was 7-9-3 overall record, with a 2-5-1 conference mark. The Wolf Pack went 5-3 at home, 2-5-1 on the road and 0-1-2 at neutral sites.
In her first season at the helm, Price incorporated four true freshmen into a team with plenty of senior leadership. Seven student-athletes played their final season for the Pack, closing out careers that saw five of them named to at least one all-WAC team and totaled 22 all-WAC Academic and Athletic honors.
As a team in 2010, Nevada did most of its damage in the second half, scoring 16 of their 25 regular time goals in the second frame. In total, the Pack scored 27 times in 2010 on 247 shots for 1.42 goals per game. The additional two tallies each came in the second overtime period of their respective matches.
Before taking the head coaching job last season, Price spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Nevada primarily working with the goalkeepers. In 2009, Price helped lead the Pack to the most conference wins in program history (5) as the team made an appearance in the finals of the WAC Tournament for only the second time in program history. During her first year as an assistant coach with Nevada in 2008, Price helped lead the team to its fourth consecutive WAC Tournament appearance. She team's goalkeepers that season, Marie Cove and Sarah Hunt, combined for four shutouts during the season.
Prior to joining the staff at Nevada, Price served as an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Virginia, the University of Illinois and most recently at the University of Miami. She has assisted in leading her teams to a total of four NCAA Tournament appearances.
Price served as an assistant coach at the University of Miami from 2002-2004. While working with the Hurricanes, she served as the recruiting coordinator. She was also involved in the planning and conducting of team training sessions, goalkeeper coaching, requesting scouting reports and directing summer soccer camps.
Prior to the University of Miami, Price worked as an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Illinois from 1999-2002 where her responsibilities included recruiting, coordinating team travel, planning and coaching training sessions for field players and goalkeepers as well as directing summer soccer camps. The Illini made two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2000 and 2001 and also reached the championship round of the Big 10 Tournament in 2001.
She spent two seasons, 1997-1999, as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia where she assisted with training sessions and coaching goalkeepers. She also directed the summer soccer camps. The team qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and 1998.
Price has conducted numerous coaching presentations for several soccer teams, graduate students and conferences. She has also been a part of several academic presentations and has had her work published in The Sports Psychologist and The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Price has also spent time coaching with the U.S. Youth Soccer Association ODP Program (East Region), the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville-Albermarle, the East Tennessee Soccer Federation and the Illinois Youth Soccer Association. She has also spent 14 years coaching several summer soccer camps including the Virginia Soccer Centers for Excellence, the University of Maryland Soccer Camps, the April Heinrichs Soccer School and the Soccer Academy.
Price played collegiately for the University of Maryland from 1993-1997. As a goalkeeper, she led her team to two NCAA quarterfinal appearances and was named to the Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team, the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Student-Advisory Council.
She is a member of several professional organizations including the United States Soccer Coaches Association, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the Association for the Advanced Placement of Applied Sport Psychology and the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity.
She has also taken part in the Women in Coaching Summit held in Chula Vista, Calif., in 2003. Former U.S. national team coach April Heinrichs organized the invitation only summit to foster a collective environment for the education and mentoring of female coaches. Topics included skill development, fitness, media and social pressure.
Price, who holds a United States Soccer Association "A" coaching license, graduated from the University of Maryland in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. She earned her master's degree in sport and exercise psychology from the University of Virginia in 1999 and earned her Ph.D. in sports and exercise science from the University of Virginia in 2010.