Exemplary contributor to growth of lacrosse in Northern Virginia, first and only head coach of Lake Braddock HS, coach of the year in northern Virginia Patriot District, University of Connecticut graduate, lacrosse captain and four-year defenseman, pioneer of youth and high school boy’s lacrosse in the northern Virginia.
Wherever Steve Price has been associated with lacrosse, he has served as a trailblazer for the sport. As a high schooler in Maplewood, NJ, this football captain also served as two-time captain of his scholastic lacrosse club team. In Storrs, at the University of Connecticut, Steve again captained his college lacrosse club even as he continued his career on the gridiron.
In 1972, only a handful of private high schools were playing lacrosse in the metro DC area. Northern Virginia was a vast lacrosse wasteland. In his third year at Georgetown Dental School, Steve organized a youth club team of 12-13 year-old boys in Annandale. Within two years, the community-based “Annandale Lacrosse Club” was picking up high school varsity and junior varsity games wherever it could. Steve’s persistent organizational efforts subsequently led to the establishment of the first public high school-based lacrosse team in northern Virginia in 1975.
With Steve as head coach, the Lake Braddock High School lacrosse team functioned on a club level for its first 15 years. His squad reached a milestone in 1986 when Lake Braddock became the first Virginia public school team to defeat the increasingly formidable Landon team. When Virginia high schools recognized lacrosse as a varsity sport in 1990, Lake Braddock, already well established as the leading team in the northern region, captured both the district and northern region championships.
Steve was named Patriot District Coach of the Year in 1996. He achieved another milestone in 2004 when he earned his 300th victory as a high school coach.
Taking untold hours from his practice of dentistry, Steve continues to make sacrifices of time and financial support on behalf of his team. His involvement with his young men extends well beyond the playing field. He teaches them with a style filled with positives rather than negatives. His perseverance, dedication, and 30 years of coaching service are a testament to his lifelong passion for the sport.
Steve and his wife Gloria reside in Fairfax Station, Virginia.