In a surprising move, Co-Coastal Alabama Basketball Coach of the Year John Price has decided to step down at Cottage Hill Christian.
Price led the Warriors to historic heights in 2021, including a No. 1 ranking in Class 3A and their first berth in the final four.
He told AL.com he would finish the school year and fulfill all contractual obligations. Price’s decision follows the announcement earlier today that athletic director Chris Brazell will become the new head of school.
Brazell will step down as AD, football coach and baseball coach.
“I have decided to step down as head basketball coach at Cottage Hill Christian Academy, and pursue other opportunities,” Price said in a statement. “I would like to thank the players of the last two teams, who have laid an outstanding foundation for future Warrior teams to build on.
“We accomplished some great milestones together, and I’ll always cherish the journey. It was a fun ride through some difficult Covid circumstances we had to navigate. The future of Warrior basketball is very bright, and I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to be the leader of some great kids, who did everything I asked them to do from Day 1.”
In two years at the school, the former Faith Academy head coach led Cottage Hill to a 37-18 overall record. The team finished the 2020-2021 season with a 26-2 overall record. The 26 wins are the most in school history.
Cottage Hill also had a school-record 18-game winning streak during the season and carries a 15-game home winning streak into the 2021 opener. The Warriors lost to eventual state champion Fyffe in the Class 3A semifinals.
“My second daughter is now a Cottage Hill graduate and, with CHCA going into its third school leadership change in the last four years, it’s the right time to step away and land where there is some stability where I can plug in and flourish both in and outside of basketball,” Price said. “Basketball has been a big part of my life for a long time, and I’m hopeful it will continue to be, but I need to step into other giftings and purposes God has given me to use beyond the game.”
The Warriors should be a state title contender again next year with all five starters returning.