Steve Price Named Women’s Head Coach

Steve Price Named Rough Riders Women’s Head Coach

The Long Island Rough Riders women’s team is pleased today to announce Steve Price has been named head coach for the upcoming 2020 United Women’s Soccer season.

A native of Middlesbrough, England, Price recently concluded his third season as women’s head coach at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Price guided the Lions to a 29-22-7 (13-5-7 East Coast Conference) record in three seasons in charge after six as an assistant coach after joining the program in 2010.

“Coming to work for a club like the Long Island Rough Riders is a great opportunity because of the quality of players they have,” Price said. “I look at the Rough Riders as being a quality organization and I’m not going to pass on the opportunity to get on board and hopefully take the team to win a National Championship.”

Price has been in the United States for more than 20 years coaching at various levels from youth to collegiate soccer. While he began coaching both boys’ and girls’ programs on Long Island, he was drawn specifically to the girls’ and women’s game where he continues to find success.

“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Price to our organization as head coach of the women’s team,” Long Island Rough Riders president Peter Zaratin said. “Steve has been a mainstay in the girls’ and womens’ soccer scene on Long Island for more than 20 years, which will serve as an advantage for both coach and club this upcoming season and beyond.”

The Rough Riders are coming off a 5-6-0 campaign in 2019 under head coach Karim Diallo, which culminated with a 3-0 loss to the New England Mutiny in the UWS East Conference semifinals.

Price said he doesn’t intend for any major overhauls with the club roster-wise or tactically. He said he intends to employ a possession-based game where the team will build out from the back and through the midfield. Price also wants to make sure the Rough Riders are “one of the fittest teams” that can pressure opposing defenders and midfielders to win the ball higher up the field, rather than sitting back and winning possession in the defensive third then attacking.

Inconsistency in front of the net plagued Long Island the past two seasons. For example, the Rough Riders outscored opponents 10-1 during a three-game winning streak last summer before being outscored 9-1 in the following three contests. Price hopes to change that based on personnel and play style.

“I like the idea of getting forward and getting the fullbacks involved to get more players in the box and scoring goals,” he said. “I’m very excited to be given the chance to lead this club.”

Stay tuned for the 2020 United Women’s Soccer schedule, which will be announced in the near future.

BY: Michael LoRé