|Dale E. Hamilton|
March 4, 1909|
|Died||September 1, 2002(aged 93)|
|Alma mater||Central State Teachers College|
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. 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. 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.
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.
Head coaching record[edit | edit source]
College football[edit | edit source]
|Central State (Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1941–1942)|
|Central State Bronchos (Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1946–1949)|
|Central State Bronchos (Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference) (1952–1957)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.|
College basketball[edit | edit source]
|Central State Bronchos (Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1937–1941)|
|1938–39||Central State||16–5||1st||L NAIA First Round|
|Central State:||57–30 (.655)|
Postseason invitational champion
References[edit | edit source]
- "Dale Hamilton Obituary". newsok.com. http://legacy.newsok.com/obituaries/oklahoman/obituary.aspx?n=dale-e-hamilton&pid=473557. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
- Bob Colon (May 1, 1993). "UCO to Rename Field House After Living Legend Hamilton". newsok.com. http://newsok.com/article/2429155. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
- Bob Colon (September 4, 2002). "Hamilton had great career as UCO athletic director". newsok.com. http://newsok.com/article/2805918. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
- DeLassus, David. "Central Oklahoma Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/c/central_oklahoma/coaching_records.php. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
- "2013 UCO Media Guide". Mike Kirk. 2013. http://issuu.com/ucosid/docs/complete_final_4419e4da5e8733. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
- "2014-15 UCO Men's Basketball Media Guide". Mike Kirk. 2014. http://issuu.com/ucosid/docs/mencomplete/0. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
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