Oral Histories

Interview of Thomas J. Hamilton

Founding commissioner of the Athletic Association of Western Universities. 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.
Hamilton, Thomas J.
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.
Thomas J. Hamilton on his memories of J. D. Morgan: UCLA’s athletic department on the eve of Morgan’s directorship; Initial contact with Morgan; Morgan’s involvement on Rose Bowl Management Committee Admissions standards; Division of power between conference, NCAA, and universities; Morgan’s activity in NCAA; Rose Bowl TV revenues; New Rose Bowl selection system; Morgan’s effort to find a home football stadium for UCLA; Controversy surrounding Super Bowl being played in Rose Bowl; Military training and sports participation; Morgan’s strengths as athletic director; Personality and manner of speaking; Posture toward officiating-Involvement in coaching and recruiting; Building up of UCLA coaching staff; Impact of professional sports on intercollegiate athletics; Miscellaneous issues; Preventing women’s athletics developing the bad practices of men’s; Morgan’s vision of future of intercollegiate athletics; Morgan’s contribution to expanding athletic facilities at UCLA.