Tasker, Ralph 1976-08-03

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Ralph Tasker, retired basketball coach, discusses his years in basketball, focusing on his coaching career in Lovington and Hobbs.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Ralph Tasker

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 03, 1976

Location: Hobbs, New Mexico

Interviewer: Steven Gamble

Length: 2 hours 10 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Personal background, Born: West Virginia, Attended Baptist college, Teacher and assistant coach at Lovington, New Mexico, Head basketball coach, State championship, Move to Hobbs, New Mexico, Lovington state championship, Lovington basketball program, Basketball schedule, Teaching load in Lovington, Coaching salary, Basketball players, Basketball rivalries at Lovington, First state tournament in Hobbs, Top players, Hobbs state championships, Attendance at basketball games.

Tape 1, Side 2: Dedication of Ralph Tasker Arena, Houston Basketball Classic, State tournament, Top players, Team (1966), Current careers, Scholarships, Recruitment for college, Size of players, Use of stall, Assistant coach, Basketball tryouts, Relationship with football, Junior varsity football coach.

Tape 2, Side 1: Child involvement, Parents, Basketball, John Denver, Little Dribbler programs, Summer, Discipline, Philosophy, Hair, Supporters, Town, Band, Cheerleaders, High School Coach of the Year (1969), Region Coach of the Year (1968), New Mexico State, Clinics, Minority participation, Racial friction, Pressure, Junior college relationships, Basketball, Scheduling problems, Support, Out-of-town games.

Tape 2, Side 2: Officials, Teaching and coaching, Christianity.

Range Dates: ?-1976

Bulk Dates: 1966-1976

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