Price to Lead Fighting Illini Academic Support Staff
July 12, 2013
Champaign, Ill. - Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced today that Keiko (CAKE-oh) Price is joining the Illinois staff as Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services.
Price comes to Illinois following three years as Director of Football Student-Athlete Development at California, where she coordinated academic support services for the Golden Bear football program.
"Keiko brings some exceptional experience to Illinois following an outstanding run at Cal and Stanford," Thomas said. "She has had an opportunity to create relationships between the athletics department and the campus community, while coordinating academic support for student-athletes, all of which are important attributes for her position here. Her background as an elite student-athlete at UCLA and working with such a wide range of student-athletes makes her a great addition to our staff."
Prior to working at Cal-Berkeley, Price served Stanford as an assistant academic director for student-athletes from 2007-2010 and was the academic advising coordinator for black student programs at St. Mary's College in 2007. Her post-competitive career began at UCLA as an academic coordinator from 2000-2002 before moving to Cal-Berkeley for the first time as an academic advisor for student-athletes from 2002-07.
An elite swimmer during her career at UCLA, Price was a 22-time All-American, a member of the U.S. National Team, and, at one time, held five UCLA swimming records. She served as captain of the Bruin swim team in the 1999-2000 season, was a three-time Olympic Trials qualifier and was awarded UCLA's Most Valuable Swimmer Award in 1999 and 2000.
A native of Mililani, Hawaii, Price graduated Cum Laude from UCLA in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American studies and master's in education in language, literacy and culture from Cal-Berkeley in 2004. She was named Golden Key National Honors Society member in 1998 and 1999, earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 2000, earned a Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship in 2001, earned the 2001 Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award and was the 2000 Pac 10 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.
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