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As a part of its series in celebration of Black History Month, the Razorback Athletic Department is saluting Trailblazers from the African-American community who have attended the University of Arkansas and excelled as student-athletes.
Mike Conley is one of Arkansas’ greatest student-athletes in any sport and was one of the catalysts that propelled the Razorbacks to national prominence. Conley focused on the long and triple jumps and the short sprints. He was a nine-time NCAA Champion, a 17-time All-American and a 13-time conference champion. He was also a member of three NCAA Team Titles.He remains as Arkansas’ school record holder in the indoor and outdoor triple jump, as a member of the 4×100-meter and 4×200-meter relays. He swept the indoor and outdoor long jump championships in 1984 and 1985, won the outdoor triple jump championship in 1984 and 1985 and was a three-time champion in the indoor triple jump (1983-85).Conley set an Olympic record in winning a gold medal in the triple jump at the 1992 games.Conley is currently President of World Sport Chicago, the "living legacy" of Chicago’s 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Bid, that focuses on promoting and developing sport programs and events for the youth of Chicago. Chicago has been selected as the US entry into the Bid process. Previously, he was the executive director of the High Performance program of USA Track and Field.Conley is the father of Memphis Grizzlies basketball player Mike Conley, Jr. and the older brother of former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Steve Conley. Conley has registered with the NBA as an agent and represented his son and his son’s Ohio State teammates Greg Oden and Daequan Cook when they entered the league.
For more notable firsts of African-American heritage, please jump to The Legacy of Silas Hunt pages presented by the University of Arkansas.