Kevin Price has been with the Los Osos football program since the day it started 15 years ago. But when the 2017 season begins he will no longer be part of the picture.
Price confirmed that he will not be back as head coach. He had served in that capacity for the last four years and was on the staff previously as an assistant, serving as defensive coordinator before he was elevated to the head job.
“I am disappointed but maybe it was a good time for a change,” said Price, who took over for Tommy Martinez who became the school’s athletic director.
The Grizzlies were 12-29 in Price’s tenure, the best showing coming his first year in 2013 when they were 5-5 but made the playoffs as a fourth-place team from the Baseline and lost a first round game to Vista Murrieta.
Los Osos was 1-9 last season which included an 0-5 showing in league play.
It was 4-6 in 2015 in a season in which it was depleted by injuries.
Los Osos has struggled against the high profile powers in the Baseline, most notably local rival Rancho Cucamonga. Etiwanda also draws some top notch athletes which has made it difficult to compete.
Price acknowledges that struggle, but was pleased with the increase in participation over the last year.
Price also teaches history at the school and will remain in that capacity. He hasn’t decided what his next step will be when it comes to coaching.
“I think I’m going to take a step back and let the dust settle,” he said. “My son will be a freshman next year and he wants to come here and obviously it would be nice for us to be at the same place. I have to see what is the best option for me and my family.”