Coach Connie Price-Smith of University of Mississippi
June 3, 1962 |
St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
|Education||Southern Illinois University|
|Height||6 ft 3.5 in (192 cm)|
|Weight||209 lb (95 kg)|
|Spouse(s)||John Smith (1990–)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Event(s)||shot put and discus throw|
|College team||Southern Illinois University-Carbondale|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||Shot Put: 64' 3" (19.58m) 
Discus: 212' 8" (64.82m)
Connie Price-Smith (born Constance Marie Price 3 June 1962 in St. Charles, Missouri) is an American shot putter and discus thrower. Price-Smith is also a four time Olympian. She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1985.
Price-Smith is a four-time Olympian, and is one of the most decorated women's track and field athletes in SIU history, despite the fact she did not participate in the sport during her college career until she was a senior. She was also on the school's women's basketball team before she became a member of the Saluki Track & Field team. She is currently ranked fifth all-time in the outdoor shot put (49' 11.5") and third all-time in the discus (165 1"). Furthermore, she won MVC indoor and outdoor championship titles, garnered all-conference honors in the shot and was named her team's most valuable player in 1985. Price-Smith became the first U.S. female athlete in 32 years to win both the shot put and discus at an Olympic Trials (1992). In the shot put alone, she finished first on four consecutive occasions at Olympic Trial Championship competitions between 1988 and 2000. In addition, the silver medal she won in the World Indoor shot in 1995 is the highest medal ever won by an American woman in the event and the first OG/WC medal won since 1960.
Even though she did not medal at the Olympics, Price-Smith had the highest finish of a U.S. female shot putter since 1960  and narrowly missed the bronze medal by just four inches at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In addition, she is also the first U.S. female to have a top ten world-ranking in the shot put for five consecutive years (1995–1999). Price-Smith was also the first U.S. female to win a medal in that event at a World Championship competition (1995). Price-Smith has been on 34 international squads, and has been a member of four teams at the Pan-American Games, where she won a bronze medal in the discus in 1987; a silver in the shot put in 1991, and a gold in the shot put in both 1995 and 1999; she was a silver medalist at the World Indoor Championship, in Barcelona, Spain; a silver medalist at the Goodwill Games in 1998; and a bronze medalist at the World Cup in 1998. She was also a member of two World University Games teams, Price-Smith placed fifth in the discus in 1987. In addition, she was on three Goodwill Games teams, participated in seven IAAF Grand Prix Finals and is a 25-time national champion in the shot put and discus. Price-Smith ends her athletic career with personal best in the shot put of 64' 3" (19.58m) and 212' 8" (64.82m) in the discus.
She is the head coach of the Saluki Track and Field team at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and the program has greatly improved since she has coached at the university. She has also served as the Assistant Coach for the USA National Team at the; IAAF World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica 2004; IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary 2005; IAAF World Cup Team in Athens, Greece 2006. In 2007, Price-Smith was named head coach for the Pan American Games Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was named to the 2008 Olympic track & field team coaching staff in Beijing, China as an assistant coach for the women's throws. A native of St. Charles, Missouri, Price-Smith was inducted into the SIU Sports Hall-of-Fame in 1990, received the school's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001, and was honored as the Administrative/Professional Woman of Distinction in 2007. Price-Smith was also named to the 2012 Olympic track & field team coach staff in London, United Kingdom. On July 21, 2015, she started her tenure as the head coach at the University of Mississippi. She was named head women's coach for the United States team at the 2016 Summer Olympics, again in Rio de Janeiro.
- ^ Reached the 1987 World Championship Final at discus but failed to register a distance.
- Note: Results with a Q, indicate overall position in qualifying round.
- All Miss bio
- Sports-Reference profile
- Opposites Attract: Smiths to celebrate 25 years of marriage later this year
- SIUC (2008). "Profile Connie Price-Smith". SIUC. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
- USA Track & Field (2008). "Profile Connie Price-Smith". USA Track & Field. Retrieved 2013-05-10.