Coach Rodney Price
Although Rodney Price never ran for the University of Oklahoma, he is very
familiar with the Sooners and OU's tradition in track and field. After
growing up in Wilburton, he went on to compete collegiately as a freshman
and sophomore at Eastern Oklahoma State. He completed his competitive career
with the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. Price coaches OU's 400-meter runners,
the hurdlers and the 1600-meter relays.
Since coming to OU, Price has produced several conference champions including
Michael Blackwood, whose winning time in the 2000 Big 12 Outdoor meet stood
as the world's fastest time for nearly a month. Additionally, he has coached
Staneshia Bell, the 2000 Big 12 indoor Big 12 60-meter dash champion, the first
Sooner woman to win a Big 12 indoor title.
Sooners have also done well at the national level,
adding 37 names to the All-America list including
Alesha Peel (60 hurdles) LaBoris Bean (400 IH)
and the men's outdoor 1600-meter relay, who earned
honors in 2001.
He has continued to work with Blackwood since the sprinter's collegiate career
ended. In September 2002, Blackwood ended the IAAF season as the number one ranked
400-meter runner in the world.
Prior to coming to OU, Price served as the men's track coach at the University
of Miami (Fla.) for seven years. While with the Hurricanes, he coached four All-Americans,
including Davian Clarke. Clarke was a bronze medalist for the Jamaican National
team at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, Ga. That same year, Clarke
won the 1996 NCAA 400 meter outdoor title. After coaching Clarke to Miami's first
national championship, Price was named the 1996 USA Track and Field Florida Coach
of the Year.
Under his guidance, UM track athletes set 34 outdoor and 25 indoor school records.
In 1992 the Hurricanes became a member of the Big East Conference, Price guided
his athletes to four Big East Most Outstanding Performer titles and helped them
set three Big East records.
From 1977-79 Price was a physical education and after school recreation teacher
at Parkway Elementary in Lubbock, Texas. He then became the track coach at Smylie
Wilson Junior High, where he stayed from 1979-1982. In 1982 he moved to McAlester,
where he was the assistant football and head track coach until 1984.
From there he went to Lubbock High School, where he was the assistant football
and assistant track coach from 1984-86.
Price also spent time at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. At NEO, Price
assembled Norsemen teams that produced seven National Junior College Athletic
Price then served a stint at Nebraska where he directed the women's sprinters
and hurdlers. Under his guidance, Cornuhusker student-athletes earned All-America
honors 12 times.
Price began his competitive collegiate career at Eastern Oklahoma State College.
As a freshman, Price set a national junior college meet record with his time
of 13.83 in the 120-yard high hurdles. After completing his junior college career,
Price went on to compete for Texas Tech during his junior and senior seasons.
Price earned a bachelor's degree in 1978 and a master's degree in 1979 from Texas
Tech. Price is married to the former Vivia West of Maypen, Jamaica/Mount Vernon,
He has three children, Candice (21), Tyron (28) and Ronald (30). He also has
five grandchildren, Alex (10), Riyaad (6), Shakurah (4) and Juwaad (2) and Shalise
information was obtained from SoonerSports.com