Meet the Coach: Coach Jason Price


Varsity Boy's Basketball Coach at Oakleaf High School 2010-Present

Overall High School Head Coaching Record @ Oakleaf
132-101


2018-2019 District 4-8A Tournament Champions

2018-2019 Regular Season Record 18-7, best record in school history

2015-2016 District 4-8A Tournament Champions
                     
2016-2017 Bozard Ford St. Augustine Holiday Tournament Champions

Advanced to four District Finals games in 6 seasons 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 / competed in the FHSAA State Regional Tournament 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019

2014-2015 Regular Season District First place

2014-2015 #1 District Tournament seed - 6-2 District record

Oakleaf vs. Clay County Record: 43-22
34-3 Clay County Record from 2013-2017
28 game Clay County winning streak from 2013-2017

2014-2015 St. Augustine Holiday Tournament Runner Ups

2013-2014 and 2014-2015 District 3-7A Tournament Runner Ups

2012 Webber International Varsity Team Camp Champions

Junior Varsity Head Coach and Varsity Assistant for Boys Basketball at Fleming Island High School 2006- 2010 (overall record 57-29 at FIHS / 23-9 in-county record)

2007, 2008, 2009 Clay County Junior Varsity Holiday Tournament Champions: Three years in a row

Junior Varsity Head Coach and Varsity Assistant for Boys Basketball at Walkerville Public Schools (Walkerville, Michigan)2003-2006, 3 seasons

Selected for the 2004 edition of “Who’s, Who of American Teachers” selected as a Coach

Former Head Coach and Program Coordinator for Jacksonville PIBNA (2009)

Coached Jacksonville team to the PIBNA (Philipino Inter-City Basketball of North America) Men's Open Division North American Championship (2009)

Varsity Assistant for Boys Basketball at Portage First Assembly Christian Academy (Portage, Michigan) 2 years, 2002-2003

2001-2002 Coaching Graduate Assistant through Western Michigan University under Coach Jim Horn, former Stetson University standout and former Kalamazoo College Coach

West Michigan “D” League President 2005-2006 (Walkerville, Michigan)

K-12 Athletic Director for Walkerville Public Schools 2005-2006 (Walkerville, Michigan)

Featured Counselor and Presenter at Camp of Champs (Alma College/ Alma, Michigan) Summer 2005

Head Counselor / Coordinator at Reggie Fox Basketball Camp for 8 summers, 1997-2005
(Baldwin, Michgan)

2003 Graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Physical Education / Teacher - Coach Emphasis: Minor in Elementary Education

Graduate of Reed City High School (Reed City, Michigan)

4 year letterman and All-Conference / All-Area performer in Soccer, Basketball and Baseball (Reed City High School, Reed City, Michigan)
Coach Nathaniel Brown, Coach Jason Price, and Coach Jim Van Laere
Coach Van Laere, Coach Duval, Coach Price, and Coach McCurry
Coach Thomas Duval, Coach Jason Price, Coach Jim Van Laere
Coach Thomas Duval, Coach Jason Price, Coach Jim Van Laere

Knights Basketball History

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2010-2011 Season......A season of Firsts......

First team in its first season (at a new school) in Clay County to win a Regular Season District game, win a County game, to beat a team twice in a season, to win the first game in school history.......two players made all county, one on Second team.......ended the season 4-4 in the last eight games......played in a district where four teams were ranked in the top 15 in the state for most of the season....the future is bright for the Knights........


2011-2012 Season........The Next Step.........and Big steps they were.........

Finished the Second Full Seson with a 12-14 record. Beat rival Orange park 2 of the 3 times once in the First Round of State District Tournament action. 7 game improvememt in wins from first season. 5 players were named All-County: Honorable Mention; Derian Fraga, Vincent Hill-Estep, Chris Fanner, Matthew Gilchrist. Tory Mitchell was First Team All-County. Second Team All-Area by Jacksonville.com and the Florida Times Union.


Summer 2012--Won Championship of Warrior Team Camp at Webber International University

2012-2013 Season.....The Journey Continues........

Finished the Third Full Season with a 13-12 record.....marking the most regular season wins in school history to this point....Won the most in county games in a season, beating Orange Park (@OP), Middleburg (twice, first time we have beaten Middleburg) and Clay (twice).....Had 3 regular season district wins finihsing in third place for the first time.......Also were able to beat Nease (twice) for the first time once at Home and once on the Orlando Magic Court at the Amway Center, marking our first victory in the Showdown in O-Town in 2 previous tries......Junior Vincent Hill-Estep was named All-Clay County First Team (only Junior to have that honor this year) and Senior Derian Fraga was named All-Clay County Second Team. Sophomore Kevin Thomas-Griffin was named by the Clay Today Sports Editor Randy Lefko as a member of his Basketball Six Pack, his top six players from the county from this past season......First two players in OHS history to sign letters of intent to play college basketball. Tory Mitchell and Derian Fraga signed with Webber International University.

2013-2014 ............ Big Steps to Leaps Forward
Finished the Fourth Season in school history with an 18-8 record.....marking the most wins in a single season.....finshed First in the regular season District 2-6A with a 6-2 record and won the right to host the district tournament. Winning the District Semi-Final game versus Middleburg and advancing to the District Final versus state ranked Gainesville. The Knights lost a good game in the District Final, but still earned the first FHSAA Regional Tournament berth....We were able to post a 10-1 record versus Clay County opponents on the season.....We were able to beat a state raked Gainesville (#9) at home and went on to great victories versus Lake City Columbia (twice), Fleming Island (twice)(first time beating Fleming Island), Atlantic Coast (twice); Ridegeview, Middleburg, OP and Clay (twice each), we were able to beat Ponte Vedra in the Clay-St. John's Shootout, Paxon in the Thanksgiving Classic, and beat 8A Miramar High out of Miami in the MLK Classic.....Senior Dwayne Jackson and Junior Kevin Tomas-Griffin were named All-Clay County First Team, Senior Sean Jones and Sophomore Nick Strawter were named All Clay County Second Team, while Josh Davis, Datarie Edwards, Jon Bryant and Jeremy Brockington were named Honorable Mention All Clay County....Senior Vincent Hill-Estep , Senior Dwayne Jackson, and Junior Kevin Thomas-Griffin were all voted Honorable Mention All-First Coast by the Jackonville Times Union.....Senior Dwayne Jackson was selected to the Northeast Florida vs. Duval All-Star Game.....


2014-2015.....Ethos, the building of a culture and a program
Finished the fifth year in school and program history with a 17-11 record. Finishing 4-4 in the regular season District 2-6A and advancing over Lake City Columbia in the district semi-final to meet #2 ranked in the state Gainesville High in the district final for the second straight year. The Knights came up short in the final yet advanced to play Pensacola for the second straight season in the FHSAA Regional Quarterfinal. We posted an undefeated 10-0 Clay County record for the first time in school history. We were able to post great victories throughout the season Fleming Island (twice), OP (twice), Clay (twice), Middleburg (twice), and Ridgeview (twice). We were able to beat a very good Pensacola Washington team in the Thanksgiving Classic at Jackson. In the Kiwanis Club Holiday Tournament we were able to beat IMG Academy in the first round, lost to state ranked Ganesville and won the consolation game versus Union County. We pushed top 10 in 7A Melbounre High to the limit only to fall by 6 points. In the St. Johns Holiday Tournament the Knights were able to beat the host school St. Augustine in the first round and in the semi-final beat a very good Atlantic Coast team. In the finals lost to an undefeated Bolles. Before district play we had another key victory over perenial state power Mainland in the the Hoop Exchange Northeast Florida Shootout. 8 of our 11 losses were to teams ranked in the top 7 in 4A, 6A, and 7A this season showing our willingness to play great competition. Four of our losses were to State Finals Runner Up Gainesville. All 5 starters were selected for All Clay County Honors: First Team- Jon Bryant and Kevin Thomas-Griffin, Second Team-Nassir Little and Jeremy Brockington, Honorable Mention- Andrew Harper. Kevin Thomas-Griffin was selected to the BSN Sports Senior All Star Game-Duval vs. NE Florida and Florida Times Union/Jacksonville.com All First Coast Honorable Mention.

2015-2016.....DTBG (Dare To Be Great).........
Finished the sixth season in school and program history with 17-9 overall record. Finishing 5-3 in the regular season District- 7A. As the #3 seed in the district semi-finals Oakleaf played Bartram Trail High School who had previously beaten us in both regular season games. With a terrific second and third quarter the Knights were able to beat Bartram Trail 59-37 to advance to a third straight district title game. In the district final in the Palace of Oakleaf, the Knights took on #1 seed and #7 in class 7-A Creekside. In a high energy championship game the Knights behind 41 second half points captured the first district title in school and program history by a score of 75-72. The next week the Knights would fall to Atlantic Coast High School in an overtime thrilling regional quarterfinal game. The season was a tremendous success both individually and collectively as a team. The Knights finished the season as "Clay County Champs" with a 7-0 record. Beating OP (twice), Clay (twice), Fleming Island (twice), and Middleburg (once) in county; beating in District Creekside (1), Buchholz (2), Fleming Island (2); overall wins versus Miami Northwestern, Bradford, Sandalwood, Orlando Evans, and Baldwin. We once again traveled to Orlando to take on top 5 ranked Melbourne High School at the Amway Center, in a great comeback scoring 37 second half points only to come up short. Oakleaf posted terrific wins during the regular season, going on the road and beating Buchholz 47-42 with a fourth quarter in which we held them to one point. Knights also went on the road to beat 8A Sandalwood 50-45 in the Coaches Classic @ Wolfson and perennial power Orlando Evans 61-53 in the Hoop Exchange North Florida Classic @ Potters House. After Holiday break the Knights finished the season with a 9-1 record.

Below are the list of individual team awards and accomplishments the members of Team 6 collected for the 2015-2016 season:

Jacksonville Times Union All First Coast Teams:

2nd Team All First Coast:
Nassir Little

3rd Team All First Coast:
Jonathan Bryant II

Jonathan Bryant II  FABC Source Hoops All-State Second Team (First All State Selection)

Source Hoops All-State Teams Article
http://sourcehoops.com/2016/04/class-7a-all-state-3/

Orlando Sentinel All-State Team Article
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/highschool/os-hs-boys-basketball-all-state-teams-20160412-story.html

TEAM 6 members that were selected for 2015-2016 All Clay County Honors.

Player of the Year: Jonathan Bryant II

First Team: Nassir Little and Dominique Mitchell

Second Team: Andrew Harper

Honorable Mention: Brandon Aponte and Christian Larson

Link to Clay Today All-County Article:
http://claytodayonline.com/stories/clay-today-players-of-year,1661?

2016-2017.....B3 (Build, Believe, Brotherhood)
Finished the seventh season in school and program history with 14-12 overall record. Finishing 3-5 in the regular season District 4-8A. As the #4 seed in the district quarter-finals Oakleaf played county rival Fleming Island High School and came away with a post-season win. This marks the fifth striaght year with a district tournament win. In the district semi-final the Knights took on #1 seed and #4 in class 7-A Creekside. In a high energy game the Knights fought but came up short. The Knights finished the season as "Clay County Champs" with a 7-2 record. Beating OP (1), Clay (1), Fleming Island (3), and Middleburg (2) in county; beating in District Creekside (1), Fleming Island (3); overall wins versus Cornerstone Christian, Bradford, Cocoa, Windsor Forest (GA.), Flagler Palm Coast, and Deland. The Knights completed another first in school history by defeating Windsor Forest (GA.), Flagler Palm Coast and Deland en route to the 2016 Bozard Ford St. Augustine High School Holiday Tournament Championship. This marked the first regular season Tournament championship. The final versus Deland was a back and forth game that went to overtime. The game concluded with a Dominique Mitchell rebound put back at the buzzer to win the game 60-59 We once again traveled to Orlando to take on top 5 ranked Melbourne High School at the Amway Center. In other notable games during the season, the Knights won the Consolation Game of the Bradford Kiwanis Club Tournament with a 3/4 court heave at the buzzer to win the game by Deonte Sherwood. Jonathan Bryant II went over 1,000 points for his career, finising with a boys basketball record 1,381 points, 454 rebounds, and 116 steals for his career. Jon was awarded Clay County Boys Basketball Player of the Year, after winning it last season, he becomes the first two time and back to back winner of the award ever. Chantz Williams as a freshman set the school single season block record with 106 and the single game record of 11 vs, Cocoa High in the MLK Classic at Ribault. The Knights scored 87 points versus Windsor Forest (GA.) in the SAHS Holiday Tourney marking it the most points ever scored in a regulation game by an Oakleaf team. Team 7 will go down as one of the most decorated individually and team award/accomplishment wise in program history.

Below are the list of individual team awards and accomplishments the members of Team 7 collected for the 2016-2017 season:

FACA 8A Region 6 Academic All State:
Deonte Sherwood
Willie Edwards
Jacari Cicero
Jonathan Bryant II
Chantz Williams
Jalen Rivers

FACA 8A Region 6 All State (Performance)
Deonte Sherwood
Chantz Williams
Jonathan Bryant II


Florida Times Union / jacksonville.com All First Coast Teams:

1st Team All First Coast:
Jonathan Bryant II

Honorble Mention All First Coast:
Deonte Sherwood

TEAM 7 members that were selected for 2016-2017 All Clay County Honors.

Player of the Year: Jonathan Bryant II

First Team: Jonathan Bryant II, Chantz Williams

Second Team: Deonte Sherwood

Honorable Mention: Dominique Mitchell and Jacari Cicero

FACA 2017 State Senior All-Star Game selection: Jonathan Bryant II
FABC 2017 State Senior All-Star Game selection: Jonathan Bryant II

2017-2018........Teamsyn8rgy (Team 8)

Team 8 was a group that donned the name Team Synergy for there hard work, togetherness, and unselfishness. Finishing the 8th season in school history with a record of 15-9 Team 8 had numerous accomplishments and honors. With quality wins over Orange Park, Fleming Island, Clay (2), Middleburg(2), Ridgeview (2), Lake Region, Ponte Vedra, Bartram Trail, Buchholtz, Lee, Cook County (Ga.), and Fitzgerald (Ga.). From Saich Williams game winning steal and layup to beat Fleming Island, to Deonte Sherwood's scorching 35 point performance vs. Fitzgerald (Ga.), Willie Edwards top ten in the state with 66 steals, to Chantz Williams back to back seasons of top five in the state in block shots, to Deonte Sherwood's 30 point game and three to send the Clay game on the road to overtime and then Kenny Thomas driving layup to beat Clay in overtime, to the 49 point second half in Lakeland to beat Lake Region HS 73-54 after being down 6 at the half. An awesome and entertaining season was produced by the players of Team 8; Team Synergy.

Congrats to the following members of Team 8 on some postseason accolades:

Florida Times Union / jacksonville.com
All First Coast Second Team:
Deonte Sherwood

Honorable Mention All First Coast:
Chantz Williams

Florida Athletic Coaches Association
8A Region 6 All State for Performance:
Deonte Sherwood
Chantz Williams
Kenny Thomas

Florida Athletic Coaches Association
8A Region 6 Academic All State:
Jalen Rivers
Chantz Williams
Deonte Sherwood
Willie Edwards
Ernie Emokidi
Quintez Johnson

First Team All Clay County Coaches Selection:
Deonte Sherwood

Second Team All Clay County Coaches Selection:
Chantz Williams

Honorable Mention All Clay County Coaches Selection:
Saich Williams

Clay Today
First Team All Clay County Selections
Deonte Sherwood and Chantz Williams

Clay Today
Second Team All Clay County Selection
Kenny Thomas

Clay Today
Honorable Mention All Clay County Selections
Kameron McKenzie, Saich Williams, Willie Edwards

2018 Edward Waters College Senior All Star Game Selection:
Deonte Sherwood

2018-2019 Team 9 C3 (Create a Culture of Champions - On the Court, In the Classroom and I the Community)

Team 9 was a cohesive team that truly bought in to our program motto of creating an outstanding culture and had tremendous chemistry. A team that dominated on defense finishing in the top 5 in scoring defense in the area for the 5th consecutive year. With a grinding style Team 9 wore opponents down and won a program tying 8 games in a row enroute to the best record for a season in program history at 18-7. Feam 9 had numerous accomplishments and honors. With quality wins over Orange Park (2), Fleming Island (1), Clay (2), Middleburg(2), Ridgeview (1), Lake Minneola (1), Bartram Trail (2), Buchholtz (1), Lee (1), Baker County (1), Creekside (2), Sandalwood (1), Fletcher (1). In a magical district tournament week the Knights found themselves in two tremendous games versus terrific opponents. In a grinder of a game in the District Semi-Final @ Bartram Trail vs. Bartram Trail both teams went toe to toe. With under a minute left in the fourth quarter Kenny Thomas hit a three pointer to put the Knights up for good to advance to there fourth district title game in the past six years. In the district championship game the Knights ran in to #3 in 8A and county rival Fleming Island. Fleming had a terrific season and was 22-1 going in to the title game. From the beginning the Knights controlled play, taking care of the ball, getting quality shots and playing lock down defense. In a great performance Oakleaf won the 2019 District 4 8A championship 46-34 over Fleming Island. Team 9 will go down as one of the most talented all around teams in program history, not only winning a district title and having the best record ever but in the classroom as well they attained a 3.59 team gpa the highest ever team gpa. 9 players mad FACA 8A Region 6 Academic All State honors. Chantz Williams capped his great season while capturing to all time program individual records by being the new leader in blocks (292) and rebounds (520). 
 An awesome, entertaining, and wildly successful season was produced by the players of Team 9; They truly did build a Culture of Champions in every way possible.
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Team 9 - Post Season Awards
 All County – Coaches
Honorable Mention – Markel Allums
Second Team- Kenny Thomas
First Team – Chantz Williams
           
All Clay County – Clay Today Super 11
Chantz Williams
Kenny Thomas

Florida Times Union / Jacksonville.com All First Coast Selections
Third Team – Chantz Williams (5th player to be named to an all area team)
Honorable Mention – Kenny Thomas
           
Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA)

Team GPA 3.59 highest is school history – Every player on the Varsity regular season team has a 3.0 gpa or better
                        8A Region 6 All State Academic Team
                                    Amari Fletcher - 3.376
    Quintez Johnson - 3.375
                                    Corey Humbles – 3.375
                                    Chantz Williams – 3.652
                                    Markel Allums - 3.667
                                    Antoine Sandy – 3.688
                                    Ernie Emokidi – 4.194
                                    Jalen Rivers – 4.257
                                    Kaleb Newman – 4.391
8A Region 6 All State Performance
Chantz Williams
Markel Allums
Kenny Thomas

Individual Accomplishments: Chantz Williams became the programs all time shot block record holder with 292 blocks  and became the programs all time rebound record holder with 520
Former Players Coached by Coach Price who have or are currently playing College Basketball
Oakleaf Alumni
Tory Mitchell--Webber International University (Florida)
Derian Fraga--Webber International University (Florida)
Datarie Edwards--Lees McRae University (North Carolina) / LIU C.W. Post (New York)
Vincent Hill Estep--Marietta (Ohio)
J'Moi Liburd--Trinity Baptist College (Florida)
Isaiah Walker--Trinity Baptist College (Florida)
Josh Davis--Santa Fe College (Florida) / FSCJ (Florida State College of Jacksonville
Kevin Thomas-Griffin--Georgia Highlands College / Albany Tech (Georgia) / West Virginia Tech (West Virginia)
Christian Larson--FSCJ (Florida State College of Jacksonville), Sage College (New York)
Jayvian Mincey--Dominican University of River Forest (Illinois)
Jonathan Bryant II--University of Tennessee Chattanooga (Tennessee), Tyler Junior College (Texas)
Deonte Sherwood--Sage College (New York)

Zaki Butler -- Columbia International University (South Carolina)
Kenny Thomas -- Columbia International University (South Carolina)

Fleming Island Alumni
Justin Stokes--Florida Gulf Coast University / Flagler College (Florida)
Adam Dawson--Fredonia State (New York)
Curtis Fluker--Fredonia State (New York) / Albany State (Georgia)
Brock Walters---Newberry (South Carolina) / Lasell (Massachusetts)
Sterling Thomas--Millsaps College (Mississippi)
Ashton Fritz--Daytona State College (Florida) / Webber International University (Florida)
Erich Allen--Montreat College (North Carolina) / Dalton State College (Georgia) / Florida National University
Tejai Allen--Thomasville Prep Academy (North Carolina) / Florida Gulf  Coast University / Clafin University (South Carolina) / Ave Maria (Florida)


My support system and my loving family....my wife Christina Price and my son Ezra Price
Class of 2019
Class of 2018
Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Class of 2015
Our first Senior class after the game at the Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic.
First four year graduating Senior class to matriculate through the Oakleaf Basketball program