Thursday, May 10, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – Tyree Price, a former triple jumper at South Carolina State, has been named men’s and women’s track and field coach at his alma mater, athletics director Charlene M. Johnson announced Thursday (May 10).
Price, currently head coach at Ft. Valley (Ga.) State, replaces Ernest Tché who has served in the position the past eleven seasons.
“We are very pleased to announce that Tyree Price will be joining the University as head men’s and women’s track coach,” Johnson said. “We believe he possesses the knowledge and ability to lead our track program and that he will promote a positive and winning spirit among our student athletes.”
Price said he was happy to be returning to his alma mater as track coach.
“It’s always been my dream job – to come back to my alma mater and coach,” he said in a telephone interview with the Times and Democrat of Orangeburg,
Price is completing his fourth season as men’s and women’s track and field coach at Ft. Valley State. Prior to his tenure there, he was an assistant for three seasons at Morris Brown in Atlanta, Ga.
At Fort Valley, Price has produced a number of Division II track and field All-Americans and guided the school to several top finishes at the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Cross Country and Track and Field Championships and NCAA Division II Championships.
This year (2007), the men’s and women’s track teams were third at the SIAC Championships. The women were second a year ago (2006) and also had a runner-up finish in cross country in 2004. His men’s track team was third in the conference championship in 2006 and second in cross country in 2005.
At the NCAA Div. II Nationals, the Ft. Valley State women placed ninth in 2006 after a sixth-place showing in 2005.
Overall, Price has coached sixteen (16) Div. II track All-Americans, including the South Regional Female Athlete of the Year twice. And, twice, he has earned Coach of the Year honors in the SIAC.
At SC State, where he earned a bachelor’s in 1998, Price was a member of the track team from 1995 to 1998. He was also a member of the football team for one season.
In addition to his degree from SC State, the Summerville, SC native has done further study at Life University and is currently working toward a Master’s in Sport Management at the United States Sports Academy.