Oral Histories

Interview of Elvin C. Drake

UCLA track and field coach.
Coaching and Training at Home and Abroad
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Intercollegiate Athletics Staff
Biographical Note:
UCLA track and field coach.
Gardner, Joel
Drake, Elvin C.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Growing up in Friend, Nebraska, farming community; high school athletics, Fort Morgan, Colorado; life at University of Colorado; move to California, 1922; work in Beverly Hills lumberyard; living in West Los Angeles; attending University of California, Southern Branch; fraternity life; physical education department on Vermont Avenue campus; sports activities; William Spaulding's arrival; Fred Cozens; Harry Trotter; teaching at Horace Mann Junior High School; assistant track coach, UCLA, 1929; William C. Ackerman; UCLA Olympic Games athletes; other UCLA track and field athletes: Thomas Bradley, Ray Vejar, Jimmy Miller, and Craig Dixon; affiliation with Big Bear Boys Camp; 1932 Olympics, Los Angeles; Olympic coach for Republic of Panama, London, 1948; Lloyd LaBeach; Cy Young; John R. Wooden and UCLA basketball; UCLA wins National Collegiate Athletic Association track title, 1956; Rafer Johnson, Bob Seaman, and Ron Drummond; 1956 Olympics, Melbourne; coaching for Republic of China, 1960 Olympics, Rome; C. K. Yang, Rafer Johnson, and decathlon competition; JD Morgan and UCLA athletes; Tommy Prothro, Henry "Red" Sanders, Larry Brown, and other UCLA coaches.