In this article, we will delve into the life of Oracene Price, an American tennis coach. Oracene Price is widely recognized as the mother and coach of Venus and Serena Williams, two of the greatest tennis players of all time. We will explore her biography, education, career, and notable achievements.
Biography and Education
Oracene Price, originally named Brandy Price, was born on April 3, 1952, in Saginaw, Michigan. Her father worked in the automotive industry. She completed her high school education at Buena Vista High School and later attended Western Michigan University.
Oracene married Yusef Rasheed at a young age and had three daughters with him. Her eldest daughter, Yetunde Price, worked as a registered nurse, owned a beauty salon, and served as a personal assistant to Serena and Venus Williams. Tragically, Yetunde Price was a victim of a hate crime and passed away, leaving behind three children. Oracene’s other daughters, Lyndrea Price and Isha Price, pursued careers as a web designer and attorney, respectively.
After the death of her first husband, Oracene Price married tennis coach Richard Williams.
Career and Achievements
Oracene Price played a vital role in shaping the careers of her daughters, Venus and Serena Williams. Richard Williams, a tennis coach himself, took their daughters under his wing and began training them in tennis when they were just five years old. Oracene also received formal training in tennis to better guide her daughters in understanding the technical aspects of the sport.
Together with her husband, Oracene decided to withdraw her daughters from their training academy and took on the responsibility of coaching them herself. The Williams family relocated to Florida and trained their daughters with the assistance of Rick Macci.
Throughout her life, Oracene faced numerous challenges, but she instilled in her daughters the importance of resilience and not succumbing to pressure. While her contributions to her daughters’ success were often overshadowed by her role as their mother, Oracene remained focused on helping shape their careers.
Even after her separation from Richard Williams, Oracene maintained a united front with him during coaching sessions for Venus and Serena. She stood by her daughters through controversies and hardships, providing unwavering support. In 2001, she defended her daughter Serena during the criticism they faced for withdrawing from the Indian Wells tournament.
Oracene Price made appearances on various television shows and documentaries, including the documentary series “She Got Game” hosted by rapper ‘Game,’ who dedicated a song to Oracene’s late daughter, Yetunde Price. Additionally, Oracene and her daughters Venus and Serena were featured on the “E! True Hollywood Story.”
As of 2020, Oracene Price has an estimated net worth ranging from $100,000 to $1 million. This includes her assets, income, and earnings. Oracene primarily derives her income from her career as a tennis coach. Despite her financial success, she maintains a modest lifestyle.