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Price takes over for Lady Monarch Hoopsters

Price takes over for Lady Monarch Hoopsters

Price takes over for Lady Monarch Hoopsters

Justin Price

MARYSVILLE – The Marysville girls basketball team will have a new face on the bench for the 2024-25 season, as Justin Price was recently hired to lead the Lady Monarchs following the firing of former coach Klarke Ransome after last year’s successful campaign.

Price has 20 years of coaching experience, but this will be his first head coaching job. He has been an assistant coach for the North Union Girls for the past two years and has held a number of other coaching positions over the past two decades. Price also took a year off from coaching to earn his basketball refereeing credentials.

Price lives with his family in Marysville and is the District Network Technician for North Union Schools. But while he’s spent the last few years on the bench for the Ladycats, Price is very familiar with the Marysville varsity girls basketball program, as two of his daughters, Abbey and Allison, played for the Monarchs last season, a team that reached the Division I regional finals of the OHSAA tournament. While Abbey has since graduated, Allison will be on the court for the Monarchs this season as a senior.

Price said he had always wanted to become a head coach one day and jumped at the chance when the Monarchs job became available following Ransome’s firing.

“I threw my hat in the ring,” Price said, “and it worked.”

Price said he’s eager to get his chance to coach the Monarchs (and his daughter), but he understands he’s taking over a program with a rich recent history. It will be a tough act to match.

“We’re really young and inexperienced,” Price said, noting the Monarchs lost four starters to graduation from a team that reached the regional finals last season.

“But the girls are hardworking and great kids,” Price continued. “Our goal is to compete for an (Ohio Capital Conference) championship. The biggest thing is getting our young girls in the gym and on the field, through summer programs or open gyms, to get them used to playing at the college level.”