Tim Price hired to lead Milwaukie High School football program
Tim Price is home.
Price, a longtime Milwaukie resident, was hired as Milwaukie High School's varsity football coach in June. He succeeds Colin Schaeffer, who led the Mustangs for three years, his teams going 3-20 overall and failing to reach the playoffs.
While Price, 54, is new as Milwaukie's head coach, he knows the Mustangs' program and he knows Milwaukie High School after serving as defensive coordinator for the 2021 season and working as a campus monitor at the school for the past decade.
"The opportunity was brought to me about coaching close to home and I decided to leave Roosevelt and come over here to be the defensive coordinator," Price said. "And then Colin Schaeffer decided to step down … so this opportunity came this year and I had a pretty good interview and they gave me a job."
Price brings with him a long football coaching resume that includes head coaching stints at Roosevelt, Jefferson and Parkrose high schools. While those schools may not be known as football powerhouses, Price found ways to win at each and promises to bring that success to Milwaukie, too.
"When kids trust you and they believe in what you're doing, you're going to have a successful program," Price said. "And I think I put a product out there on the field that turns programs around and gets them back to the playoffs, gets them winning football games and gets kids to college."
"I'm not looking for a rebuilding year next year. What I'm looking for is going to the playoffs next season."
— Tim Price
That was certainly the case in his last head coaching stint at Roosevelt, where Price led the Roughriders for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons. After going just 1-7 overall in his first year at Roosevelt (1-6 in league play), Price and the Riders stepped up to go 7-3 overall (4-1 in league) and earn a state playoff berth in 2018, then went 5-5 overall (4-1 in league) and earned another state playoff berth in 2019.
Price said he's confident in his ability to help make the Mustangs competitive.
"That's my M.O. in coaching high school football in Oregon — I come in and I turn programs around to respectability," he said. "I run a successful system and we're going to put it in ... and turn things around real quickly here at Milwaukie. I'm not looking for a rebuilding year next year. What I'm looking for is going to the playoffs next season."
And why not? The Mustangs graduated just one senior from their 2020-21 team, return three first-team all-district defensive players as well as a talented quarterback in Kaden Harris, a 6-foot, 180-pounder who will be a junior in the fall.
"(Harris) is, I think, one of the best passers in Oregon," Price said. "Under my offense, we're going to give him a chance to display his talent, spread the ball out … and do what he does best."
Along with the recent facilities upgrades at Milwaukie — the main school building was replaced and opened for the 2020-21 school year, the stadium field got new artificial turf, a new track and a new paint job for the home grandstand — Price said the sky's the limit for the 2021 fall season.
And if he's able to turn the Mustangs into a winner, Price expects it will benefit the entire school.
"When you come in from the summer, football is the first big sport that kids can get some school pride from," he said. "So they come out on Friday nights … (and) it just brings a whole different dynamic to school spirit. ... If we're successful, it will carry over to other sports, so we're just trying to change the culture around here to a winning program and getting these kids to be excited about sports and Milwaukie High School."
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.