Oral Histories

Interview of Robert A. Fischer

UCLA director of athletics. Interviewed because of connection to J.D. Morgan, UCLA tennis coach and athletic director.
Right Man at the Right Time: J. D. Morgan
Right Man at the Right Time: J.D. Morgan
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Intercollegiate Athletics Staff
Rose, David A.
Fischer, Robert A.
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.
Series Statement:
This series documents the contribution of UCLA Athletics Coach J.D. Morgan through interviews with individuals who had worked with Morgan both inside and outside the UCLA community.
Robert A. Fisher on his memories of J. D. Morgan: Early friendship with J. D. Morgan; Morgan becomes athletic director; Fischer becomes assistant athletic director; Fischer’s responsibilities; Chronology of Morgan’s illness; Personal and professional stature nationwide; Skill as coach and ability to select coaches; Relationship with John Wooden; Overall legacy to the UCLA athletic department; Goals for athletic program; Support for women’s athletics at UCLA; Breakup of Pacific Coast Conference and its impact on Morgan; As tennis coach; Stature and effectiveness in conference; Comparison of UCLA basketball and football programs; Lew Alcindor’s decision to come to UCLA; Great Astrodome basketball promotion; Financing “minor’ sports through income-producing sports; J. D. Morgan, trout fisherman; Sense of humor; Anticipation of television’s importance to intercollegiate athletics; Financial acumen; Morgan’s management of athletic department; Concern for nonrevenue sports; Financial success; Interest in football; Workload; James McAlister incident; Morgan’s relationship with Walter Byers; NCAA accomplishments.