David Price Named Men’s Head Coach

David Price Named Rough Riders Men’s Head Coach

The Long Island Rough Riders are pleased to announce David Price as the new head coach for the upcoming USL League Two season.

A native of Liverpool, England, Price played for the Rough Riders from 1997-99, guiding the club to the 1997 A-League Eastern Conference Final. Price was named an A-League all-star in ’99.

“I’ve got really good memories of playing with the Rough Riders – some of my best playing moments were with the club,” Price said. “To be able to come back and coach them down the line is a really good moment for me. I’m very appreciative of this opportunity to continue with the club.”

Following a successful playing career spanning more than 200 appearances between three USISL clubs, Price entered the coaching ranks. He led the New York Red Bulls Under-20 team to a national championship appearance in 2006. Price, who is an A licensed coach, was also the Under-18 head coach and U-23 assistant coach for the New York Cosmos from 2011-12.

Not only has Price found success on the field as both a player and manager, he also has a keen eye for talent. He served as chief scout of the United States for Leeds United from 2009-13 and was a scout and training center coach for the U.S. Soccer Federation from 2014-19.

“The Rough Riders franchise is excited to have David Price return to the club,” said Peter Zaratin, Rough Riders President. “David is a fantastic communicator with great leadership and managerial skills. We are very excited to see him lead the men’s franchise to continued success.”

Price, who has been in the United States for more than 30 years, played collegiately at the University of Bridgeport before transferring to St. John’s University, where he helped the Red Storm to a pair of Big East championships.

Long Island went 5-1-8 (23 points) in 2019, finishing third in the Eastern Conference Mid-Atlantic Division under second-year head coach Stephen Roche. The Rough Riders failed to qualify for the playoffs for a second-consecutive season despite an 11-match unbeaten run. Long Island will play in the Metropolitan Division this year.

Price said he plans to recall many, if not all of the players from last summer’s squad.

“We’re definitely going to be a competitive, high-energy team,” Price said. “What system of play we’ll go with is dependent on the players we bring in rather than me trying to mold my own ideas. We want responsible, reliable players with talent who are team-focused. 

“If we combine all of those components, we’ll end up with a really competitive team.”

The Rough Riders begin their 2020 USL League Two campaign against New York Red Bulls U-23 on Saturday, May 16. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. from Motamed Field at Adelphi University. For advanced ticket sales please email info@liroughriders.com or call 516.622.TIXX (8449).

BY: Michael LoRé