CONVENTION: Connie Price-Smith Honored With Jimmy Carnes Award

ORLANDO, Fla.Connie Price-Smith is this year’s recipient of the Jimmy Carnes Distinguished Service Award. Price-Smith was feted on Tuesday afternoon during Opening Session of the 2019 USTFCCCA Convention at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The Jimmy Carnes Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their service to the Association and to the sports of cross country and track & field.

From USTFCCCA Awards Central: Jimmy Carnes Distinguished Service Award

Price-Smith, who is the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country at Ole Miss, currently serves as the NCAA Division I Track & Field President and is on the USTFCCCA Board of Directors for the second time (She previously handled the role as the NCAA Division I At-Large Member from 2010 to 2011).

Prior to taking over as NCAA Division I Track & Field President, Price-Smith was the 1st Vice Present of NCAA Division I Track & Field from 2013 to 2016 and the 2nd Vice President of NCAA Division I Track & Field from 2011 to 2013 before that.

Price-Smith has also been a member of several sub-committees and working groups in addition to serving on the NCAA Track & Field Sport Committee from 2003 to 2007.

As a coach, Price-Smith’s athletes have broken three collegiate records in throwing events (two of which still stand), collected 12 NCAA event titles and 150 All-America honors between stints at Ole Miss (2015 to present) and Southern Illinois (2002 to 2015).

Jimmy Carnes Award – Past Winners

Year
Name
Program(s)
Location
2018
John Gartland
Indiana State
San Antonio, Texas
2017
Gary Schwartz
Penn State/Tennessee
Phoenix, Arizona
2016
Kirk Pedersen
Central Missouri
Orlando, Florida
2015
Kari Kluckhohn
North Central (Ill.)
San Antonio, Texas
2014
Patty Varva
Missouri Southern
Phoenix, Arizona
2013
Dean Hayes
Middle Tennessee
Orlando, Florida
2012
Gary Wilson
Minnesota
Orlando, Florida
2011
Dave Harris
Emporia State
San Antonio, Texas
2010
Jim Sackett
Cal Poly Pomona
San Antonio, Texas
2009
Doug Watts
Edinboro University
Orlando, Florida
2008
Bill Thornton
St. Olaf College
Phoenix, Arizona
2007
John Copeland
Rhode Island
Phoenix, Arizona