Oral Histories

Interview of Judith R. Holland

UCLA director of women's athletics and president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).
Irreplaceable Journey
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Intercollegiate Athletics Staff
Biographical Note:
UCLA director of women's athletics and president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).
Michaelson, Margaret R.
Holland, Judith R.
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.
Early interest in sports; moves from Illinois to California; playing sports in high school; learns to be self-reliant; majors in physical education at California State University, Sacramento; obstacles women interested in athletics faced; teaches P.E. at junior high school and high school levels; resolves to speak out about depression in order to help other women; aspires to be an athletic director; serves as director of women's athletics at Cal State Sacramento; works toward Ph.D. at the University of Southern California (USC); women's athletics in the years preceding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the controversy over scholarships for women athletes; the first convention of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW); Holland's contribution as president of AIAW; Holland is hired as director of women's athletics at UCLA; succeeds in opening the National College Athletic Association to women; coaches hired by Holland and her relationship with them; recruiting athletes on the basis of both athletic and academic qualifications; the need to know more about the psychological and physical issues faced by women athletes; the athletic department's role in disciplining students and shaping their values; drug testing at UCLA; budget allocations for women's athletics at UCLA; changes in UCLA's athletic department upon the installation of Peter T. Dalis as athletic director; painful budget cuts in UCLA's athletic programs; changes after the men's and women's athletic departments at UCLA merged; Holland's position as director of basketball competition for the 1984 Olympic games; resentment at being passed over for position as director of athletics in 1985; Holland's battle with depression leads to her taking a year's leave; Holland's plans for the future.