The Duncan Demons swim program has grown over the last several years and new head coach Nolan Price, who was hired this past Tuesday, will look to continue the growth that previous head coach Andrew Bowers made.
Price, who just recently graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University and swam on the team there, is originally from Pampa, Texas, and swam for many years at Pampa High School and OBU.
Duncan Athletic Director Bobby Cook noticed right away the knowledge that Price will bring into the program and was happy he accepted the position to be the new lead coach for Duncan swim.
“I think that we were fortunate to be able to grab Coach Price. With him having some experience at the college level as a swimmer I think he will bring an abundance knowledge to the program,” Cook said. “I think the kids will really enjoy having Coach Price and I think he was a fantastic get. We were lucky to find Coach Price.”
Price swam under legendary Dr. Sam Freas at OBU and graduated from the university this past May. He said he felt that Duncan was a great fit for his first post-graduate head coaching position.
“I swam under Dr. Sam Freas while graduating in May and was looking for a position to carry on his legacy of empowering students and swimmers to be the best they can be,” Price said. “After talking with the Athletic Director and principals there at Duncan High School, I felt like this was the right place.”
During his time at OBU, Price swam the 50-yard freestyle with his fastest time coming in at 22.7 seconds. Back in high school, he got into coaching by helping the junior high team during his high school career.
Also able to help his college swim coach Dr. Freas, Price said that his new goal is to motivate the Duncan Swim team and help them improve.
“I am really motivated to see people improve and that’s my goal as a coach, and my goal as a teacher is to see people improve and that takes hard work,” Price said. “I like to push people to do that just by being right along side them as they do the hard work and encourage them.”
During his time interviewing for the position, Price was able to talk with Coach Bowers and learn about the program. He is very eager to help build on to the legacy of the program.
“I have talked with Coach Andrew (Bowers) before and as I told him my goal is to continue to build on the program he created,” Price said. “Duncan has a really good program and they have done really great in the past six years of growing the size of the swim team and getting fourth in state this past year. My goal is to continue to improve and help the program grow in any way that it can and is best and continue to push to get better.”
As a history major in college, Price will teach U.S. History and Military History at Duncan High School and is grateful to join the Demons and help his athletes improve in every facet of life.
“I am excited for the opportunity that Duncan has given me. First off, it is a program that is already in place and I don’t really have to rebuild anything and I will continue to build off of what Andrew has done in the past,” Price said. “So that is an exciting opportunity. I’m excited for the chance to help improve the program and push the program. I’m excited to be in this area and I have visited a few times now and just being in the area, the town seems good and I’m excited for the opportunity to be there and help everyone improve and us get better.”