Douglas A. Price
Douglas A. Price
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Team: Track & Field

Douglas A. Price '72
Hometown:
Tampa, FL
Sport:
Track & Field
Year Inducted:
1979
Other Sports Played:
Football

Doug Price ’72 is ranked among the top six shot-putters in the world and is a candidate for a position on the U.S. Olympic team in the 1980 Summer Games. He’s been an American Athletic Union (AAU) All-American three times, a United States Track and Field All-American three times, and a member of the U.S. team that competed against the Russians in 1974, 1976, and 1978. As a schoolboy at Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Doug Price was All-County in football, All-Bay Area in basketball, and ran track until he put on too much weight and turned to the shot. After eight weeks of practice, and with no coaching, he took a third in the state championships. Price played tackle on the 5-1 freshman football team in 1968 and on the varsity as a sophomore. But by the spring of that sophomore year, his thoughts had turned completely to track. He made himself a promise - that he would concentrate on the shot and become the best in the country. He and Coach Ed Flanagan went to work. During that sophomore year he set a Brown indoor record of 52-4 ½, an outdoor record of 54-10 ¾, and took a second in the New Englands. He also “fooled around” with the discus and set a Brown record at 160-3. As a junior, Price set new indoor records nearly every time out, ending with a record heave of 56-6 ½ while winning the Heps. He captured another Heps title in the spring at 56-11 and then doubled in the New Englands, taking both the shot and the discus. It was more of the same in his senior season – a first in the Heps both indoors and outdoors (making him a four-time Heptagonal champion) and an IC4A title. In his career, Price took the Brown record from 52-3 to 59-6 ½ and was a three-time All-Ivy and a three-time All-American. He was captain in 1971-72. While doing graduate work, Price briefly worked as a bouncer in Gainesville – probably just trying to improve his shot technique. He’s now owner of Starting Block and Athletic Attic in Tampa.