Cleburne Price, Jr.’s coaching achievements were some of the most storied in the history of the former Southwest Conference (SWC). Price coached at Kimball High School and Dallas Baptist College (now Dallas Baptist University) before becoming an assistant coach at the University of Texas in 1964. Price served as an assistant coach from 1964-71, taking over the reins as head coach from 1971-85.
During his 15 season tenure as head coach, Price achieved numerous accomplishments, including 12 SWC team championships (two in cross country, two in indoor track & field, eight in outdoor track & field). He coached 46 individual SWC Outdoor Champions, 21 individual SWC Indoor Champions, and five NCAA individual champions. His athletes also earned a total of 75 All American honors. Price also coached 11 Olympians during his career, including Gold Medalist Johnny Lam Jones.
Price also served as the director of the Texas Relays, one of the most famous track & field meets in the country, as well as serving six years on the NCAA Track & Field Games Committee.
As a reflection of his accomplishments both as coach and meet director, the men’s invitational 4x400m relay at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays is named in his honor. Price is a member of the University of Texas Athletics Hall of Fame.