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SIU track & field coach leaving for Ole Miss

Connie Price-Smith (Source: SIU) Connie Price-Smith (Source: SIU)
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After being named as the women's head coach of track and field for Team USA, Connie Price-Smith will officially be leaving Southern Illinois University.

Ole Miss reported on Tuesday that Price-Smith will become the Rebels' newest head coach of the track & field and cross country programs at the university.

Price-Smith is a four-time Olympian and 25-time national champion in the shot put and discus.

“... Selecting Connie Price-Smith as our new head coach sets the course for a new era of success in all phases of our program," Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork said in a news release. "Her experience as a four-time Olympian, world-class athlete and now the 2016 USA Women’s Olympic head coach, indicates she is one of the most respected members of the track and field community and is more than prepared for this opportunity."

“While it saddens me to leave my alma mater, the great athletes there, the staff that had become my family and the community that always stood behind me, I am excited to become a Rebel!” Price-Smith said in a news release.

Price-Smith recently completed her 14th season as head coach at her alma mater, SIU. After spending her first three years as the head women's coach, Price-Smith took over the combined men's and women's program in 2004-05 and has since kept SIU track and field among the top programs in the Missouri Valley Conference.

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