After an outstanding 23-year coaching career at Meadville High School, former Ferndale basketball player Norm Price is stepping down as the Bulldogs boys’ basketball coach - again.
Price’s career at the Crawford County school is separated into two chapters.
He took over the Meadville boys’ program in 1979 and he had to wait 10 games to get his first coaching win. Things got better as Price guided his squad to a 283-119 record with 11 conference titles, four District 10 championships, three trips to the PIAA Western Final and one appearance in the state championship game.
After the 1994 season, Price gave up coaching because of the birth of his son, Zak, and said in a written report that he was a little “burned out.”
But, 10 years later, Price got his second wind and he took over again at Meadville starting with the 2004-05 season.
During this past season, Price notched his 400th career victory and, after a 16-7 campaign this year, Price owns a 413-211 career record.
Zak Price was the senior point guard for the Bulldogs this season and ended up leading the team in scoring with an average output of 17.7 points a game including 55 3-pointers. He was also the team leader in assists and steals.
The younger Price was set to play for the East team in a senior all-star game in the Meadville area, but offered to switch sides after there were four no-shows from one team. Price’s team ended up losing by a point to the East team which featured his teammate as MVP. Price scored 26 points and was selected the West MVP.
Norm Price, the winningest coach in Meadville history, is now retired from teaching and as a coach and will work on honing his golfing skills.
Meyer motors: Somerset junior runner Dan Meyer had an outstanding afternoon Saturday at Bedford’s Giant Eagle Track and Field Invitational and he appears to just be warming up for the season.
Meyer, who was selected the most outstanding boys runner, won the 100 and 200 sprints at the meet. Perhaps his most impressive moment on Saturday came after the final exchange in the 400 relay. When Meyer took the exchange from freshman Levi Deblase, who had his best leg thus far, reports from the scene said that the Golden Eagles were fourth. Meyer came roaring through the competition, passing the Shade runner and taking the win in a respectable time of 45.3. Seniors Jake Close and Tanner Sarver were the other two runners to set the pace for the Somerset relay.
Just noticed: The Bedford boys and Forest Hills girls were the winners at Saturday’s meet and looking at the Laurel Highlands standings, those are the teams that are unbeaten at 4-0 and currently sitting on top.
The Somerset boys and girls are also undefeated at 2-0.
Cory Isenberg is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat.