Mike Conley, Sr.

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Mike Conley
Personal information
Birth name Michael Alex Conley
Nationality  United States
Born (1962-10-05) October 5, 1962 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Triple jump
College team Arkansas Razorbacks
Updated on 5 May 2012.

Michael Alex Conley, Sr. (born October 5, 1962) is an American former track and field athlete who competed primarily in the triple jump and the long jump. He is a gold and silver Olympic medalist and world champion in the triple jump.

Competitive career[edit]

Conley competed collegiately at the University of Arkansas where he won 16 NCAA long jump and triple jump titles. Conley still owns the U.S. indoor record in the triple jump at 17.76 meters (58 feet, 3.25 inches).

Conley was ranked 8th in the U.S. in the 200 meter dash in 1985. Conley received the USATF Jim Thorpe Award in 1986 and 1992 as the top field events athlete in the U.S.[1] In 2004, Conley was inducted into the United States National Track and Field Hall of Fame.[2]

A 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) basketball player at the point guard position in Luther High School South in Chicago and in college (only during his freshman year),[3] Conley relied on those skills in winning the Foot Locker Celebrity Slam Dunk Contest in 1988, 1989 and 1992.

Post-competitive career[edit]

Conley was President and remains on the Board of Directors of World Sport Chicago,[4] the "living legacy" of Chicago's 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Bid, that focuses on promoting and developing sport programs and events for the youth of Chicago. Chicago had been selected as the U.S. entry into the bid process. Previously, he was the executive director of the High Performance program of USA Track and Field.[5]

Conley has registered with the NBA as an agent and represented his son and his son's Ohio State teammates Greg Oden and Daequan Cook when they entered the league. Oden officially declared for the NBA draft by signing with Mike, Sr., as his agent and was subsequently chosen as the number one player in the 2007 NBA Draft. Conley, Jr., was selected fourth overall. Cook was drafted 21st.[6]

In late December 2007, Conley was accused by KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas of purchasing a Cadillac Escalade for Arkansas junior running back Darren McFadden, which would have jeopardized McFadden's status as an amateur athlete for the 2008 Cotton Bowl Classic and a possible senior season. KARK later retracted the report and apologized to Conley.[7]


Conley had a particularly long and prolific career and he was considered among the world's best for over a decade. Track and Field News ranked him among the top ten triple jumpers in the world 14 consecutive years (six times as world's best) and seven times in the long jump.[8][9][10][11]

Conley was ranked 8th in the U.S. in the 200 meter dash in 1985.

Year TJ world rank TJ U.S. rank LJ world rank LJ U.S. rank
1982 - 5th - 6th
1983 4th 2nd 4th 4th
1984 1st 1st - 5th
1985 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
1986 1st 1st 4th 3rd
1987 2nd 1st 7th 4th
1988 5th 1st - 5th
1989 1st 1st 5th 4th
1990 3rd 2nd - -
1991 3rd 2nd - -
1992 1st 1st 8th 6th
1993 1st 1st - 8th
1994 1st 1st - -
1995 9th 1st - -
1996 4th 2nd 8th 6th


Conley is the father of Memphis Grizzlies basketball player Mike Conley, Jr. and University of Kansas track and field athlete Sydney Conley. He is also the older brother of former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Steve Conley.[citation needed]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame". USATF.org. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Chicago | Chicago : News : Politics : Things To Do : Sports". Suntimes.com. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "InterMat Wrestling". Intermatwrestle.com. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  6. ^ [3][dead link]
  7. ^ [4][dead link]
  8. ^ [5][dead link]
  9. ^ [6][dead link]
  10. ^ [7][dead link]
  11. ^ [8][dead link]

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