Strahan, O W 1972-06-09

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O. W. Strahan, former coach and athletic director of Southwest Texas State University, reviews the character and problems of his early coaching career. He discusses changes in athletics with special emphasis on specialization as it relates to his educational philosophy.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: O.W. Strahan

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 09, 1972

Location: San Marcos, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 1 hour 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Strahan’s early life (c. 1892), Education, Finding position in San Marcos, Athletic activities at Drake University (1941), High school coaching career, Southwest Texas State University, Lack of facilities, Loss of gymnasium and football equipment through fire, Gymnasiums in Texas (1919-1920), Fencing crowds off of fields, Transition from outdoor to indoor basketball, Football schedules, Punting strategy.

Tape 1, Side 2: Southwest Texas State University (continued), Punting strategy (continued), Retirement from football and basketball coaching, President Evans’ interest and support of athletics, T-Association (1919), President Flowers’ interest, Football trick plays described, Early scouting activities, Early problems with travel, Bus accident, Recruiting policy, Milton Jowers’ coaching career, Attitudes toward retirement.

Tape 2, Side 1: Changes and continuity in coaching, Southwest Texas State University—50th anniversary, Lack of specialization in athletics, Philosophy of physical fitness, Changes in coaches’ attitudes toward athletes, Professionalism and physical fitness: Today compared to yesterday, Limiting aspect of television in spectator sports, Track and field athletes.

Tape 2, Side 2: Television and athletics, Lone Star Conference, Abilene Christian College track program limited, Effect of rapid growth on athletic program, Significance of athletic budgets, Attitude toward no-scholarship football, Athletic equipment—use and function.

Range Dates: 1892-1972

Bulk Dates: 1914-1972

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