For Immediate Release
Contact: Lea Ann Erickson
Assistant Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing
September 28, 2009
(Worcester, Mass.) -- Assistant Director of Athletics & Head Basketball Coach at Simmons College and 1998 Worcester State College graduate Tony Price will be the featured speaker at Senior Capping and Fall Honors Convocation, Friday, October 2, at 4:00 p.m. in the Sullivan Auditorium. Price is Simmons College’s all-time winningest coach and was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2003 after a stellar 16-9 season.
He is the author of the
newly released book An Unsung Coach. He has traveled throughout the country and abroad to share his love and passion of sports. Price is very active in the community volunteering his time for worthy causes such as reading and speaking to pre-k and elementary school aged children, organizing toy drives for children of incarcerated parents, organizing events to raise funds and awareness for the Lupus & Sickle Cell Foundations and serving on a number of committees that focus on education and youth sports. Price got his start in coaching through organizing a co-ed youth basketball league in one of Boston’s toughest neighborhoods, the league served as a catalyst for positive change by bringing together young people and adults across territorial lines.
In the fall of 2007 Price was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame of Worcester State College for his distinguished basketball career. He is the 11th all-time leading scorer in Worcester State men's basketball history, scoring 1,347 points over his three-year career from 1986 to 1990. A two-year captain and all-conference selection, he is also the all-time leading shot blocker in Lancer history with 149 career blocks. He was selected as the team MVP three times. He led the conference in rebounding his junior year and was second in scoring his senior season. Off the court, Price was an active member of the Worcester State community as he was a member of Third World Alliance, Upward Bound and led a petition on campus to have Black Studies courses reinstated at the College. In February of 2007, Price was honored by the Massachusetts State Lottery and Boston College with their "The Heights Award" which "recognizes Outstanding Individuals for their contributions to women's athletics.” He has volunteered with and started numerous youth activities in his native Boston throughout the years including becoming the director of youth and recreation at the Lena Park Community Development Corporation where he started the first women's basketball program.
Senior Capping is a special ceremony held each fall at WSC. This annual event formally recognizes members of the senior class, marks the beginning of the new academic year, and celebrates scholarship recipients. The tradition also marks the first time that seniors may wear their academic caps and gowns. All seniors, faculty, administrators and stage participants are invited to take part in the processional march wearing the traditional academic gown. Family and friends are also encouraged to share in this significant passage from underclassman to senior.