Curtis Price is stepping down as head boys basketball coach at Marian Central, and Mike Featherly is sliding over from the girls side to become boys head coach at Hampshire.
Price resigned from his coaching position to concentrate on being Marian’s athletic director, a position he has held since 2016. He coached for nine seasons, missed one season after becoming AD, then returned for two more.
The Hurricanes were 117-212 in his 11 seasons and won three Class 3A regional championships. Price’s 2010 and 2011 teams won back-to-back regionals; the 2010 team was the first Marian team in 33 years to win a regional title.
“I’m going to miss it,” Price said. “Basketball is a part of me; it helped shape who I am today. I feel like it’s time, step aside and let someone else build the program here. I want to give the athletic department enough attention to grow. I felt I was cheating the basketball players and couldn’t give them the time they deserve.”
Price was an assistant boys coach at Marian, then spent several seasons as Harvard’s girls head coach before returning to Marian to coach the boys. He played at St. Rita and then at DePaul for former Blue Demons coach Joey Meyer.
Price said he wants to find someone with the proper energy and passion to lead the program. His last team was 2-29, but junior point guard Jakub Baranski played in only four games because of an injury, and Ben Moscinski, another top player, missed about eight games with an injury.
The Hurricanes’ two wins were both games in which Baranski played.
“The success comes with the relationships you build with your student-athletes,” Price said. “When you look at the grand scheme of things, it’s about the experiences. We had a lot of fun together. We won only two games, but these kids never gave up and always had smiles on their faces, and that brought a smile to my face.”
Featherly coached Hampshire’s girls for six seasons and led the Whip-Purs to the Fox Valley Conference title this season. He was selected as the Northwest Herald Girls Basketball Coach of the Year for their success.
Featherly takes over for Ben Whitehouse, who resigned after coaching the boys for four seasons. Whitehouse’s teams were 38-77. Whitehouse had his best team this season at 15-16, and Hampshire returns several of its top players.
“It was a really tough decision,” Featherly said. “I enjoyed working with the girls. This opportunity presented itself, and I didn’t know if I’d get another shot. Our AD, Mike Sitter, is a former basketball coach and is very supportive. He can give me a lot of insight to the boys game. I thought the timing was perfect.”
Featherly actually has worked as Hampshire boys head coach before. He was an assistant with former coach Bob Barnett, who suffered a heart attack the morning of the 2012-13 season opener. Featherly stepped in for the first two weeks of that season until Barnett returned.
The Whips return Collin Woods, Nick Erickson, Jackson Milison, Kenyan Davis and Jeremy Rosa, who all started or played key minutes in the rotation last season.