Keiko 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.
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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