The university announced Friday that trainer Terry Price, a long-time assistant to the SEC and former Aggie standout, died at the age of 55.
Price was one of the best coaches in the defence line of university football during an ESA career that lasted almost 30 years. Between 1995 and 2011, Price shared his time with Auburn and Ole Miss, working under Tommy Tuberville and then Houston Nutt. After briefly agreeing to return to Tuberville with Texas Tech, Price changed course and eventually joined his mother while Texas A&M ventured into the SEC in 2012.
“Terry wasn’t just a great aggie, a football player and a recruiter, but he was also a better husband, father and man,” said Aggie chief friend Jimbo Fisher in a university statement. “The impact it has had on this program and its players is irreplaceable. Our soccer family suffered an incredible loss. We will continue to keep Kenya and the boys in our thoughts and prayers.”
Under Price’s aegis, the Agies have become a defensive line factory. In 2014, Price landed Arlington (Texas) Martin’s No. 1 Myles Garrett National Recruitment and turned it into No. 1 selection in the 2017 NFL draft. Since joining the Aggies in 2012, Price has helped recruit and develop nine NFL Draft picks, all selected in the first four rounds.
In 2015, Price moved to focus mainly on defensive goals. As Aggys added rising star defense coach Elijah Robinson to work with Price three years later, Texas A&M’s defense recruitment hit the stratosphere. Price and Robinson took the lead in the recruitment class in 2022, finally finishing No. 1 all-time. Four of the top five players in that class are five-star defense, and the top three rookies in program history are all defensive: Garrett, Walter Nolen in 2022 and David Hicks in 2023.
During his career for Aies, Price, part of the “Breaking Crew” defense, played under head coaches Jackie Sherrill and R.C. Slocum. He led the defense in his junior and senior seasons and helped Texas A&M win two conference championships.
He was drafted by the Bears in the 10th round of the 1990 NFL draft and spent two seasons in the league with Chicago and the Miami Dolphins.