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Cougar legend Mike Price to retire from coaching

The former Cougar player and head coach is stepping down at UTEP.

Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

Washington St. Cougars legend Mike Price will retire as head coach of the UTEP Miners on Monday, according to Chris Vannini of

The 66-year-old Price has spent 31 years as a head coach in total, and 14 of them as the head coach of the Cougars. Under Price, the Cougars posted an 83-78 record, three 10-win seasons and added two trips to the Rose Bowl. In 1997, Price took Washington St. to its first Rose Bowl in over 60 years, and was awarded several national Coach of the Year honors following the successful campaign.

Price's history with the Cougars goes deeper than his head coaching tenure, however. He played at Washington State and Puget Sound in the late 1960s, spent two years as a graduate assistant for the Cougars following graduation, and spent four years as the team's running backs coach from 1974-77.

The Cougar legend took over the helm at UTEP in 2004.