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YOUTH SOCCER

Dec. 24, 2005
THE YEAR'S BEST -- NO. 8
The Price is right: Another remarkable year for Storm Academy coach David Price


Coach David Price (standing far right) worked his magic with the New Rochelle Raiders once again.
Coach David Price (standing far right) worked his magic with the New Rochelle Raiders once again.
(Today BigAppleSoccer.com continues its countdown of the top 10 stories of the year. We honor youth coach David Price, who won two State Cup titles, led two teams to Region I championship games, brought a pair of teams to national tournaments and won the Super Y-League boys’ Under-17 national title — all in one very special year).

By Dylan Butler
BigAppleSoccer.com Associate Editor

Ask any coach, on any level, and they will tell you that they would love to make a run at a national championship.

David Price did it twice — this year.

After leading the New Rochelle Raiders to a third place finish in the U.S. Youth Soccer Association nationals in July, Price — with essentially the same team — won the Super Y-League Boys’ Under-17 national championship last month.

Overall, 2005 was pretty successful, even by Price’s lofty expectations. Not only did he coach two teams to two different national tournaments, he also led the Albertson Red Storm Clash to the boys’ Under-19 Region I final.

Oh yeah, and his beloved Liverpool won the European championship.

If he could translate his coaching magic to picking numbers for the lottery, Price would be a billionaire by now.

But this is far from just one good year. Price, who was named BigAppleSoccer.com Youth Soccer Coach of the Year in 2004, has been setting the standard for excellence for several years now.

He is the first coach in the history of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association to lead a team to the nationals for three straight years and his Storm Academy was declared the No. 1 club on the East Coast by Super Y-League Director Matt Weibe last year.

“His special and most obvious trait is his strictness in practice and attitude he brings to the team,” said Michael Grella, who played for the Clash and is now at Duke University, in an interview last year. “He’s really strict. But in the end, you really appreciate him.”

Added Carlo Acquista, St. Francis College coach and an assistant on Price’s staff at the Super Y-League national finals: “To be a great coach you need to know the game, to feel the game. You have to be prepared, to be disciplined and he has all those components. It’s what separates him from other coaches. It’s what makes him a winner.”

But Price doesn’t accept full credit. His coaching staff at the Super Y-League nationals was a virtual who’s who of the top local coaches. On the sideline was Acquista, renowned professional and youth coach Tony Noto and Fordham coaches Jimmy McElderry and Eric Masters.

“Any time you succeed, it’s exciting,” Price said. “I’m more pleased for the parents, players and stuff. They contributed and worked very hard.

“Everyone was tremendous because they know what to do.”

Sunday: No. 7 in our countdown
 
 
 
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