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Oct. 28, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Current Varsity O president and former track and field student-athlete Jeri (Buckingham) Price is our featured Alumni Update for October. Price, a member of the track and field team from 1968-1971 and a local teacher and track coach for 31 years, was honored by the Ohio State Alumni Society for Outstanding Society Leadership in 2012. As president of Varsity O, Price oversees the yearly Hall of Fame nominations and festivities on Hall of Fame weekend.

Price recently took time to reflect on her Ohio State experience and provide advice for current and future Buckeyes.

Where are you now in your life after your time at Ohio State?
I was a physical education and health teacher for 31 years. I coached high school track and field and won the state title in 1984 at Bishop Hartley High School. My state title winner and record holding sprinter/long jumper attended The Ohio State University on a track scholarship.

Coaching and teaching are in our family bloodlines. My husband was a retired physical education teacher and state Hall of Fame volleyball coach for 35 years and our daughter is a current high school science teacher and volleyball coach. They are both Buckeyes!  

What made you choose to be a Buckeye?
Coming from a family of six siblings and as a graduate of Dublin High School, financially and conveniently it was a wise decision to attend The Ohio State University.

What was it like balancing school and athletics as a student-athlete?
I worked in the recreation department in the work-study program, which allowed me to be financially stable and helped me develop great time management skills. These were great assets I continued throughout my family life and teaching and coaching career.

Do you still participate in track and field in some way? If so, what do you do?
I’ve worked with the Wildcat Invitational track meet and at Big Ten track meets. I still jog three miles as a stress reliever on a weekly basis.

What is your best memory at Ohio State both on and off the track?
The development of team bonding with track teammates is what I remember the most. I was also fortunate to attend the Pan-African Games at Duke University and compete at the Big Ten meet at Purdue University, where I placed sixth in the conference in the 1500 meters.

What lesson did you take away from Ohio State track and field that you apply to your daily life?
Time management was the biggest asset I acquired from being a student-athlete. Raising two children, cooking a family dinner every night, teaching five to six classes every day while coaching track and field, and working on a master’s degree was all possible thanks to what I learned from my intercollegiate lifestyle.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years and beyond?
I will be enjoying my grandchildren and attending their school events, because family involvement is a must for every child to excel academically, musically and athletically. As a former teacher, I hope the public appreciates the benefits of a teacher and entrusts that teachers and parents have a common goal: the success of a child’s growth physically, mentally and socially.

What advice do you have for current and future Buckeyes?
“Pay forward” is the greatest motto Buckeye Nation has instilled in our students. We need to continue to do good in our life and show empathy to our social endeavors. Cherish your time on campus and live your dream!