Four-time U.S. Olympian Connie Price-Smith was announced as the head coach of the Ole Miss track & field and cross country programs by athletics director Ross Bjork on July 21, 2015.
Price-Smith brings an impressive resumé of credentials to Oxford from her days as an athlete and as a coach. She will be the women’s head coach for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while she has been a highly successful college head coach following her career as a professional thrower.
Over the last 14 seasons as head coach at her alma mater, Southern Illinois University, she led the Saluki women to four Missouri Valley Conference titles and finished a program-best ninth in the nation at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships and 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships. She also directed the men to a pair of league titles.
Andre Scott, a former All-American and SEC champion at Auburn, is in his first season as Ole Miss assistant coach for jumps.
Scott spent the previous 11 seasons at Southern Illinois, the first 10 as an assistant and the last as associate head coach under Connie Price-Smith. In his time with the Salukis, Scott’s jumpers won numerous All-America honors, broke every women’s SIU all-time record, set a handful of national standards around the world and helped the Salukis win the 2009 Indoor and Outdoor Missouri Valley Conference Championships as well as the women’s 2005 MVC indoor title and the 2015 men’s title.
Some of Scott’s most prestigious pupils during his tenure at Southern included Bahamian long jump record holder and 2012 Olympian Bianca Stuart, two-time All-American Malaikah Love, Bahamian high jump record holder Kenya Culmer and two-time All-American high jumper Kyle Landon.
Anthony Acklin was hired in August 2015 as a member of Connie Price-Smith’s first Ole Miss staff and serves as an assistant coach for sprints and hurdles.
He comes to Oxford after serving one year in the same role under Price-Smith at his alma mater, Southern Illinois University where Acklin’s young Saluki sprinters showed significant improvement from previous years. In his lone season in Carbondale, Acklin sent three of his sprinters to the NCAA West Regional.
Brian Porter is in his first season as a member of Connie Price-Smith’s first Ole Miss staff and serves as an assistant coach for pole vault, javelin and men’s multi-events.
Porter comes to Oxford after three seasons in the same position under Price-Smith at Southern Illinois University. He led an all-out assault on the SIU record book in the pole vault during his three seasons, turning SIU from an average school in the event into one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s premier vaulting institutions.
In his three seasons in Carbondale, Porter guided his athletes to three MVC titles, two SIU records, six All-MVC vaulters, four regional qualifiers and one national qualifier. His female vaulters produced six of the top seven clearances on both the indoor and outdoor lists in 2015 alone, and he coached two men to achieve 17 feet outdoors, as well.
In his first year on the Ole Miss track & field staff, renowned throws coach John Smith brings a wealth of experience and success to the Rebel program.
A five-time USTFCCCA Midwest Region Assistant Coach or Coach of the Year (2005, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2015) and the 2015 USTFCCCA National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, Smith turned Southern Illinois into a throwers’ powerhouse over his 11-year tenure with the Salukis.
Before joining the Saluki coaching staff in 2004, Smith mentored 20 Big Ten champions, 19 All-Americans, 15 national qualifiers and two NCAA champions in five years.as an assistant at Ohio State.
Ryan Vanhoy is in his third season as an assistant coach on the Ole Miss track & field staff. He also oversees the cross country teams, where he has guided the men to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances.
The 2015 USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year’s work with the distance runners in both cross country and on the track has produced some of the best results in school history.
In his second season, the Rebel set a school record with 14 entries at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships while also posting the best SEC indoor finish in 31 years.