Jowers, Milton 1972-06-09

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Milton Jowers, Athletic Director at Southwest Texas State University, discusses his coaching career in high school and college football and basketball, and expresses his opinion on coaching methods, recruiting and current problems in athletics. He also relates the growth and changes at Southwest Texas State, including the tandem-post basketball innovation and the character of its present athletic department.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Milton Jowers

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 9, 1972

Location: San Marcos, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 1 hour, 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Review of career (1935-1972), Begins position at San Marcos High School (1939), Joins U. S. Navy (1942), Coach of football and basketball at Southwest Texas State (1946), Review of Southwest Texas State’s athletic record (1951-1960), Coach of NAIA all-star team (1960), Attending college at Southwest Texas State, Early athletic program recalled, Coach O. W. Strahan’s football tactics and coaching methods, Early football and basketball equipment described, Innovations in basketball.

Tape 1, Side 2: Jowers’ high school coaching record, High school basketball games recalled, Jowers’ high school coaching methods, Modes of travel for athletic teams, Coaching basketball without a gymnasium at Teague, Description of outdoor gym, Appraisal of early athletic officials, Attitude toward causes of present-day athletic dropouts, Opposition to specialization in high school and college athletics, Jowers’ recruiting philosophy at Southwest Texas State University.

Tape 2, Side 1: Recruiting through coaches who were ex-students, Problems in athletic scheduling, Tracing the growth of Southwest Texas State University, Causes for growth, Strain on facilities, Student financing of athletics, Tandem-post basketball innovation at Southwest Texas State University, Football tactics discussed, Origin of tandem-post basketball innovation, Circumstances surrounding development, Importance of rebounding in winning basketball games.

Tape 2, Side 2: Effects of social changes on athletics, Discipline and recruiting methods, Ideal player’s attitude toward coaches examined, Importance of "Bobcat" symbol to athletic program, Present coaching staff described, Athletic traditions reviewed, Dr. William M. Jones, President of Southwest Texas State, Attitude toward athletics, Prospects for athletic facilities expansion discussed.

Range Dates: 1935-1972

Bulk Dates: 1935-1972

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