Idris Price and Joe SantaLucia return to Brien McMahon’s football coaching team

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When Jeff Queiroga took over as head coach of the Brien McMahon football program in 2018, some of his coaching colleagues informed him that it would likely take five years to build his staff.

He may have completed this task a year earlier.

Brien McMahon legend and Super Bowl champion Idris Price, along with former Senators head coach Joe SantaLucia, have returned to their roots and are working as assistants for Coach Q this fall.

“These guys are state championship winners and a Super Bowl winner with Idris, and it’s amazing to have guys like that on the staff,” Queiroga said. “The kids really recognize him. “


“Right now, in fourth year, I feel like I’m there (with the technical staff). If I’m not there, I’m really, really close.

Price will be the defensive coordinator and SantaLucia will be the passing coordinator, as the Senators have installed all new playbooks on both sides of the ball.

Price jumps out of St. Luke’s after spending the past eight years with the Storm. He was also assistant to his former coach McMahon Rob Trifone at Darien from 2009 to 2012.

Price was part of the championship teams from Trifone to McMahon, including the 1994 team which went 12-0 and won the FCIAC and CIAC Class MM championships. He is the all-time race leader for the program.

In college, Price played one year at Clemson, two at Nassau Community College, and one year at New Haven University. He then made the 2003 Tampa Bay Super Bowl champion team.

More importantly, Queiroga said, children can relate to Price.

“Idris is a legend at McMahon,” Queiroga said. “His reputation alone carries a lot of weight, but the kids see him as this guy who’s been so successful and he’s from their community. This sends a positive message.

“At Norwalk our kids face things that other CFCF schools don’t, so just having a guy who can say, ‘I grew up in this community, I had my personal struggles when I was. was younger, and I was able to rise above, ‘is tall.

SantaLucia was McMahon’s head football coach for five years (2005-09) and also led the Senators wrestling program.

He was most recently the assists coordinator in the Darien football program, which won state titles in 2016 and 2017, and was second at Newtown in 2019. He is a key component for the Senators, who hope to open the offensive this fall.

Queiroga said he owed SantaLucia for hiring him as a freshman coach when he arrived at McMahon.

“He gave me a chance,” Queiroga said. “I learned a lot from him, (former McMahon coach) AJ Albano, and my coach at Anthony Sagnella High School in North Haven.”

As they do with Price, players see SantaLucia as a winner and someone to respect.

“How can you not listen to a guy who just won two championships at another school and was as successful as he was?” Said Queiroga. “He just brings some respect with him. “

david.stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartsports

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