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Dale E. Hamilton
Born (1909-03-04)March 4, 1909
Mena, Arkansas
Died September 1, 2002(2002-09-01) (aged 93)
Alma mater Central State Teachers College

Dale Hamilton (March 4, 1909 – September 1, 2002)[1] was an American athlete and coach. Hamilton served as a sports coach and athletic director, at Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Hamilton was born in Mena, Arkansas. He was raised in Bristow, Oklahoma. He attended Bristow High School and graduated in 1928.[2] He attended the Central State Teachers College (later, Central State University, now the University of Central Oklahoma, where Hamilton participated on the football, track, and basketball teams. In football, he played linebacker and center. While at Central State he earned twelve varsity letters.

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

Pre-1940[edit | edit source]

After graduation from CSTC in 1933, Hamilton coached at Cushing High School in 1933, he later coached at Bristow, and Ponca City before returning to Central State in 1936 under Claude Reeds.[3] He then became head coach of the Broncho men's basketball team. He led the team to the 1939 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. In 1940 Reeds stepped down as both football coach and athletic director, Hamilton took his place in both roles.

Head football coach and two wars[edit | edit source]

Beginning in 1941, Hamilton, led the Bronchos to seven conference championships. In 1941 the Bronchos had a 6–2 record. The 1942 campaign saw many small schools suspend their football programs and the Bronchos won the OCAC with an undefeated 7–0 (2–0 conference) record. Hamilton then served during World War II. After the war, Hamilton did not resume his basketball coaching duties, but remained at the helm of the football program. He led the Bronchos to two more conference championships and a 24–9–2 four seasons before he took a leave of absence to serve again during the Korean War. After finishing his tour of duty, he resumed coaching duties and led the Bronchos to three more conference championships and a 36–16–1 record. In 1957, he decided to retire from football coaching with an overall record of 73–25–3.[3][4]

Later coaching and administrative work[edit | edit source]

Hamilton remained athletic director until 1976, meanwhile he coached the men's golf and tennis teams. He also served as a referee for Missouri Valley Conference basketball games. In 1993 the University of Central Oklahoma decided to rename Hamilton Field House in his honor. He died on September 1, 2002, at the age of 93.[3]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

College football[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Central State (Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1941–1942)
1941 Central State 6–2 6–0 1st
1942 Central State 7–0 2–0 1st
Central State Bronchos (Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1946–1949)
1946 Central State 4–4–1 3–1–1 2nd
1947 Central State 7–1–1 4–1 2nd
1948 Central State 6–2 4–1 T–1st
1949 Central State 7–2 5–0 1st
Central State Bronchos (Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference) (1952–1957)
1952 Central State 4–4 3–2 T–2nd
1953 Central State 6–3 3–2 3rd
1954 Central State 6–2–1 4–1 T–1st
1955 Central State 8–1 4–1 T–1st
1956 Central State 7–2 4–1 T–1st
1957 Central State 5–2 3–2 T–2nd
Central State: 73–25–3 40–12–1
Total: 73–25–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.


College basketball[edit | edit source]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Central State Bronchos (Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1937–1941)
1937–38 Central State 17–6 1st
1938–39 Central State 16–5 1st L NAIA First Round
1939–40 Central State 10–12
1940–41 Central State 14–7
Central State: 57–30 (.655)[6]
Total: 57–30 (.655)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit | edit source]

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