Coaches Corner: Getting to know Coach Steven Price
By David Shirley
Getting to coach at his alma mater means everything to AHS coach Steven Price. “It means everything to me to be able to come back and coach here where I played and developed my love for basketball and coaching.”
Price, 25, proud father of four year old Jackson Price, was born in Corinth, MS and attended elementary school in Michie.
He then moved to Adamsville High School where he played basketball. He then journeyed to Martin where he earned his degree in Education.
Price then moved to McNairy Central High School where he taught World History and was assistant boys’ basketball coach for one year.
He then moved to AHS where he serves as assistant boys basketball Coach, head boys soccer coach and teaches seventh grade geography.
Basketball is Steven's favorite sport. When asked about his favorite team to follow, Price responded, “I'm just a college basketball fan. I do like to see the local teams, Memphis Tigers and Grizzlies, do well.”
When asked where he envisioned his coaching career looking forward, Steven said, “I want to be part of the winning tradition here at AHS. I want to help Coach Root continue to revive and continue build character in the special group of young men that we have. I really like being an assistant coach at this point in my life because it allows me to be a good father to my young son which is a big job in itself.”
We then asked Coach Price several rapid fire questions as follows.
Q. When did you know you wanted to be a coach?
A. When I was a senior in high school I had great coaches in Greg Martin and Chad Austin. We won twenty-two games in a row and had great team mates and I learned a lot about life.
Q. Who inspired you to get in to coaching?
A. My high school coaches. Coach Martin influenced the many young lives in his sixteen years of coaching, helping instill discipline and build character.
Q. Who has been most influential in your life?
A. My parents, Rufus Butler and Susan Price
Q. Do you try to emulate any other coaches?
A. I fall back on what I was taught by Coach Martin. I really like Buzz Williams at Marquette. I try to pick up small things from various coaches-not X's and O's, but how they treat people and players and how they show leadership.
John Wooden, just to learn how to lead young men, I love reading his books on how he approached life and the game of basketball.
Q. What part do coaches play in the lives of young people?
A. Coaches today have to take on a role that is much different than in the past because there is so much that young people can get involved in now. There is so much to cope with. You have to be a mentor and a friend. I like to listen to older, more experienced folks to learn lots of things.
Q. What is your most favorite thing about coaching?
A. Just being around the guys, and to be coaching here where I played. Plus I like winning and we have built a winning program here.
Q. What do you least like about coaching?
A. Not being successful due to not being ready, because of lack of preparation.
Q. What is your most memorable moment of your coaching career up till now?
A. Last season, our region quarterfinal game versus Memphis Douglass when we came back from 19 points down in the fourth quarter to win and advance to the semifinals. We played totally as a team in that final period-It was awesome!!
Q. If you could spend an evening with any three people, past or present, who would it be and why?
A. John Wooden because he was an amazing man and coach; my late grandmother, Mary Price, who passed when I was 18 months old and my mother always tells me how much she loved me; and my late uncle Buel Bray, who was very intuitive, a great guy, full of humor and always making all have a good time.
Q. What advice would you give those considering getting in to coaching?
A. I believe in the three P's: passion, patience and preparation. Love what you do and be patient with others. Patience is a virtue.