Oral Histories

Interview of Allen Scates

UCLA head volleyball coach. 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.
Scates, Allen
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.
Allen Scates on his memories of J. D. Morgan: Status of volleyball as an intercollegiate sport in early l960s; Morgan’s support of UCLA volleyball program; Relationship with Scates; A story about the relative importance of volleyball and basketball; Keeping up on all sports; Modernization looming at Morgan’s retirement; Morgan’s work and personal habits; Attempts to formalize competition in volleyball; Morgan’s role in maintaining good relations among UCLA coaches; Maintaining strength in volleyball program; Promotional activities of UCLA News Bureau; Departmental meetings; Scheduling; Morgan’ s budget control; Hiring coaches; Closed-door meetings with football and basketball coaches; Relative prominence of football and basketball at UCLA; Morgan’s assistance in recruiting; Administrative style; National reputation; Attitude toward alumni support; Carrot and goat; Staying on at UCLA; Advantages and disadvantages of coaching at UCLA; Preserving the status quo before Morgan’s retirement; The right man at the right time.