Terry Price Obituary and Cause of Death: It is still surreal to express, but Texas A&M has suffered a great loss with the passing of one of the most beloved assistant coaches in the history of its football program. Terry Price, who served as the defensive line coach at A&M since December 2011, has passed away at the age of 55. The specific details of his passing are unknown, but what truly matters is that we mourn the loss of a remarkable coach and an exceptional individual.
Originally hailing from Atlanta, GA, Price embodied the spirit of an Aggie. He played as a defensive end for the Aggies from 1986 to 1989 under the guidance of Jackie Sherrill and R.C. Slocum, graduating in 1992. Starting his coaching career as a volunteer at A&M that same year, Price went on to coach at Ole Miss and Auburn, working with Tommy Tuberville and Houston Nutt. Although he was courted to return to A&M by Mike Sherman, he chose to remain in the SEC at that time. However, when Kevin Sumlin, the new head coach at Texas A&M, reached out to him, Price decided to come back to College Station and return home.
Price was one of the few members of Kevin Sumlin’s staff who stayed on when Jimbo Fisher took over in December 2017, and his impact speaks volumes. Throughout his more than a decade at A&M, the defensive line became the undeniable strength of the team, excelling in recruiting, on-field performance, and producing NFL draft picks, including the first overall pick Myles Garrett in 2017.
Yet, discussing Price solely as a coach only scratches the surface of his story. Terry Price was a genuinely wonderful person, and even without knowing him personally, his character was evident from a distance.
Price was authentic and real, and this authenticity permeated everything he did. There was no pretense or showmanship; it was all driven by his love for his school, his job, and his family.
The D-Line Cookout tweets were not mere recruiting tools; they were genuine and heartfelt moments where Coach Price and his family opened their home to provide fellowship and comfort to young men from across the country. In every video, you would hear him say, “Make sure you get some of this” or “don’t hold back,” because Coach Price was that kind of person. It was a genuine love that he shared with his players, loving them as wholeheartedly and fully as he loved his own family, without any hesitation.
Witnessing his son, Devin, who closely resembled his father, play football at A&M was a joy. How gratifying it must have been for Coach Price to see his son don the cherished maroon and white, sharing those precious moments at Kyle Field.
Coach Price has left an indelible mark on the Texas A&M football program and the players he coached. He departed from us far too soon and will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Kenya, and two sons, Alexander and Devin, both of whom graduated from Texas A&M in May. During this unimaginably painful time, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We sincerely thank them for sharing their husband and father with us, and we hope they recognize the profound gratitude the Aggie Family holds for everything they have done and given.