The Pioneer Award

Fred Price has been employed by the Atlanta Public Schools for the last thirty-six years. He has served as a teacher, coach, high school athletic director, and district athletic director (interim). He is currently the athletic coordinator for the Atlanta Public Schools (APS).

He received his elementary and high school education in the Atlanta Public Schools, and is a 1965 graduate of Carver High School. Fred attended Fort Valley State College on an athletic scholarship, where he lettered in football for four years (1965-1969). His postgraduate education includes degrees from Georgia State University (1980) and Jacksonville State University (1995).

As a teacher and coach for twenty-five years, he demonstrated a pursuit of excellence in education and athletics. As a teacher he was recognized as a STAR Teacher and Teacher of the Year. Among his many accolades as a coach were repeated successful seasons as a high school basketball, football coach, and track coach. At his last coaching position (Southside High School), his boy’s basketball teams were always disciplined, ranked highly and very competitive.

Coach Price taught and coached many outstanding students. Most of them are successful contributors to the community as fathers, husbands, mothers, educators, entrepreneurs, and professional athletes. Among them was Antonio McKay, a gold medal winner in the 1980 Olympics.

As an athletic administrator he is highly respected for his work in athletics and as an advocate for children. His numerous recognitions includes: “ 1988 Region Basketball Coach of the Year”, “2002 (GHSA) Georgia High School Association Distinguished Service Award” and “2000 5-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year”. Currently he serves on the Executive Committee of the GHSA, which governs high school sports in the state of Georgia. He is also a member of the National Interscholastic Administrators Association (NAIA), Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA).

Price organized the school district’s first summer fast-pitch softball and volleyball camps for girls. Additionally, he mandated that all APS girls’ softball teams would play fast pitch instead of slow-pitch to provide more opportunities for scholarships in the sport. Coach Price is married to the former Glenda Sims. They are the parents of an adult, Saretha. The family are members of Greenforest Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga.