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Established in 1910 by the State of Ohio as a teachers’ training college, Kent State Normal School rapidly evolved into a major research university during the first half of the 20th century. Kent State University Athletics chronicles the highlights of sports history during the institution’s first 100 years. As athletics evolved from its close relation to physical education training and intramural play to varsity intercollegiate programs competing at the Division I level, a number of outstanding athletes, teams, and coaches arose, including several Olympic competitors and future professional athletes.
About the Author
Cara Gilgenbach heads the Department of Special Collections and Archives in the Kent State University libraries, where she administers the university archives collections, the source of most of the photographs featured in this book. Theresa Walton serves as assistant professor in the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport at Kent State University, where she teaches a sports history class that uses the archival collection.
Table of Contents
Normal School and Physical Education: 1910-1919 9
Sport for National Fitness: 1920-1929 17
Establishment of Varsity Athletics: 1930-1939 27
War Readiness and Physical Education: 1940-1949 37
The Mid-American Conference: 1950-1959 49
Individual Success: 1960-1969 61
The Rise of Collegiate Sport: 1970-1979 77
Building Tradition: 1980-1989 93
Women's Sports on the Rise: 1990-1999 105
Challenges of Commercialized Sport: 2000-2007 115