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The Stanford Athletics Oral History Project examines the evolution of Stanford University’s athletic program since the 1960s. It aims to document the program's journey from “good to great,” identify individual contributors and institutional decisions contributing to program growth, and situate Stanford’s program in the broader context of collegiate athletics. Interviewees include former Stanford athletic directors, staff members, coaches, faculty athletic representatives, and alumni.

Interview transcripts and recordings will be available soon.

Oral Histories

1985 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Athletics, | Project: Growing Up on Campus
Alumni
Interviewer: Glover, Frederic O.
One of the earlier interviews in the society's collections is that of Thomas Angell, a Stanford alum (1915-16 AB Greek) and the son of Frank Angell (1857-1939), Stanford’s first professor of psychology and chairman of the faculty committee on athletics.  According to Stanford President Ray Lyman...
2017 | Project: Athletics
Admissions
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie J.
In this oral history, Jean (Fetter) Chu, who served as Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Stanford from 1984 to 1991, discusses the relationship between admissions and athletics at Stanford University. Also, see Chu's interview for the Stanford Staff Oral History Project. View Video on YouTube...
2019 | Project: Athletics
Athletics
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
In this oral history, Andy Geiger describes his family, educational, and athletic background and his career in coaching and athletics administration. He focuses primarily on his decade as Stanford University’s athletic director, describing his management philosophy and innovations in facilities,...
2017 | Project: Athletics
Athletics
Interviewer: Gamlen, Tod
Dick Gould, the John L. Hinds Director of Tennis at Stanford University, the men’s tennis coach for thirty-eight years, and a Stanford alum, discusses his student days at Stanford, highlights from his years as a tennis coach, and the evolution of the Stanford tennis program and the Department of...
| Project: Athletics
Athletics
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
This interview was conducted in 2018 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu
2017 | Project: Athletics
Psychology
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie J.
Ellen M. Markman, psychology professor and Stanford University’s first female faculty athletics representative (FAR), describes how she took on the position despite growing up before Title IX when neither she nor her female friends participated in organized sports. Serving from 2005 to 2010,...
2007 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Athletics, | Project: Staff
Athletics
Interviewer: Nilan, Roxanne
Few people can match Bob Murphy’s 40-year career at the microphone for Stanford football, but fewer yet can replicate either “Murph’s” unique relationship with Stanford University or his multifaceted experience with collegiate and professional sports over more than 50 years. This series of...
2016 | Project: Athletics
Graduate School of Business
Interviewer: Player, Stephen
In this interview, Jerry I. Porras, an emeritus professor in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, describes the duties he performed as the faculty athletics representative (FAR). He speaks about the workings of the athletics program, the athletic directors with whom he interacted, and some of...
| Project: Athletics
Athletics
Interviewer: Player, Steve
This interview was conducted in 2018 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu
2018 | Project: Athletics
English
Interviewer: Player, Steve
In this interview for the Stanford Athletics Oral History Project, Ramón Saldívar, professor of English and comparative literature, describes his role as a faculty athletic representative (FAR) and discusses Stanford’s approach toward student athletes. View video>>  
2017 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Athletics
Alumni
Interviewer: Player, Stephen
John M. Santana Jr., Stanford alumnus and former president of Peninsula Creamery in Palo Alto, discusses his company’s relationship with Stanford University, the history of his creamery and of dairy farming in the Bay Area, and the intertwined relationship between the university and the city of...