Gary McPherson, current WVU senior director of development for the Mountaineer Athletic Club, was an assistant coach for Moran.
"I have great feelings for Curt," McPherson said. "As everyone knows, he was a great human being who did a great job for us.
"I'll always remember him running the length of the court after we won one at Virginia Tech we shouldn't have. He pulled himself up by the rim, straddled it and sat on the backboard. No one in Cassell Coliseum moved or said anything."
McPherson said Price wasn't a great shooter, but "banked one in from the corner - which is hard to do," to pull the Mountaineers within one in that 83-82 WVU victory in 1972.
At WVU, Price was more of a defensive specialist after suffering the knee problems.
"He never complained," McPherson said. "I remember him having to put ice on those knees. He was just a consummate team player and very mature. That's why he was successful in life. He kept the proper perspective.
"I thought the world of him. He was a great human."
After WVU, Price became the nation's youngest college coach (at age 21) by taking the basketball job at West Virginia State. He was named West Virginia Conference coach of the year before going back to school.
Within a year, though, then-Gov. Jay Rockefeller asked Price to become the state's first equal opportunity/affirmative action officer.
"His influence transcended generations," Richardson said.
After leaving state government, Price joined the Job Corps, which took him to stops like Cincinnati, Salt Lake City and New York before he returned to Charleston.
In regard to music, Price played with the group the King Sound Interpreters with Kai Haynes and Ivor Sheff and the Production Company with Sheff. While at WVU, he played with the Upsetters.
"I can remember playing a game for WVU and going to the Holiday Inn and playing a dance," Price told the Gazette in 2008. "In walks Stevie Wonder and his entourage. He asked if it was OK to sit in and play drums."
Price was well rounded - and very well respected.
"He was one of the best people I ever met in life," Phillips said. "I'm not just saying that. He was just selfless. He was the reason I got a college degree. He stayed on my back. In my community, he helped everyone, whether financially or with his expertise."
"He was my childhood hero and my adult friend," Richardson said. "Just a very, very special person."
Price is survived by wife Judy and daughters Michelle and Tia.
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