LA VETA- After 32 years in the coaching and education arena, Coach Don Price has decided it is time to throw in the towel. Price was a 1975 graduate of La Veta High school where he was a standout multi-sport athlete. He then moved on to Adams State College where he was a student coach for the ASC Grizzlies and where he got his master’s degree in physical education.
Upon graduation, the Spanish Peaks beckoned and Price returned home to his roots to begin a 27-year stint as the head football coach for the Redskins. Price has also been the track coach since 1982 before stepping down last year in favor of Brandi Menegatti. He has also had stints coaching baseball and basketball. Price teaches physical education at the school and is the current Athletic Director as well.
In Price’s time at La Veta, he helped direct the Redskins to 14 playoff appearances. The farthest the Skins advanced was to the semi-finals in 1989 where they lost to Haxtun. La Veta advanced to the sweet sixteen this past season, an accomplishment for the team.
He has been named his league’s Coach of the Year eight times, with the most recent nomination coming last week. The honors awarded him last week were simply an exclamation mark to end an illustrious career, sending him out on a high note.
Price says that the most satisfying moments in his career were “working with the kids, watching them improve and get better. They are exciting to be around.” His comments are a testimony to his humility. In the two years The Journal has reported Redskin sports, he has always said that it has been about the kids. Price will be missed by students, faculty and townsfolk alike.
Don is married to Trudy and has three sons, Justin, Chance and Trey and two stepsons, Dakota and Dalton Mason. Coach Price will remain as Athletic Director until the end of the school year.