Boys’ basketball coach Mark Price was named Baylor’s athletic director on May 19, replacing Thad Lepcio, who will take the helm of the athletic program at Peddie School in New Jersey.
Price will continue to coach basketball while overseeing a program that has won more state championships than any high school in the state of Tennessee, was once ranked among the top 25 high school sports programs in the U.S. by Sports Illustrated, and was recently the third-ranked high school athletic program in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com. More than 100 Baylor alumni are currently playing sports at the collegiate level.
As schools across the nation begin to restart sports programs and open campuses for athletes, Price is looking forward to his new role. “It’s a privilege to lead a department of our school that carries such an outstanding tradition of success. We have a tremendous group of coaches and athletes in our programs, and I look forward to helping with their continued excellence,” says Price. “I am very thankful to (headmaster) Scott Wilson ’75 and the leadership of our school for giving me this opportunity.”
In his two years at Baylor, Price’s teams have established a record of 38-16 including two Best of Preps tournament titles and two appearances in the Division II-AA State Final Four.
It’s a privilege to lead a department of our school that carries such an outstanding tradition of success. We have a tremendous group of coaches and athletes in our programs, and I look forward to helping with their continued excellence.
Price served as an assistant coach for the Division I Belmont University Bruins from 2011-2018 before coming to Baylor. During his tenure at Belmont, the Bruins earned a record of 144-55; won six consecutive conference championships; received national Top 25 poll votes six out of seven campaigns; earned victories over North Carolina, Marquette, Stanford, Georgia, and nationally-ranked Murray State; posted the nation's longest home court win streak and road win streak; and reached the quarterfinal round of the Postseason NIT.
Prior to Belmont, Price spent two seasons as head coach at Ouachita Baptist University, an NCAA Division II member institution located in Arkadelphia, Ark. Price also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Furman University and five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, helping UAH to the 2002-03 Gulf South Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2006. In 2001, Price was a key piece in Faulkner (Ala.) University finishing with a 34-5 record en route to the 2001 NAIA National Championship. He began his coaching career in 1998 as an assistant at the University of Mobile. The Rams won five NAIA national tournament games in Price’s two campaigns.
“Having spent my entire career prior to Baylor on college campuses, it is astounding to see the similarities that Baylor has to true college life,” said Price. “We strive to give our basketball program some of that flavor in order to help prepare those who might play collegiate athletics in any sport. Baylor does a tremendous job from an academic and social standpoint as well, which is quite
an advantage for our students.”
Price and his wife, Kara, live on Signal Mountain with their two daughters, who attend Thrasher Elementary.