My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: University of Cincinnati
Location: Cincinnati OH
Sometimes a merger creates a university as we know it today. In 1819 two entities received a charter in Cincinnati Ohio. Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio both were born in the same year.
In 1870 the City of Cincinnati created the University of Cincinnati and eventually the two schools above would be absorbed into UC. When a university is nearly 150 years old there is a pretty good chance it will have some firsts. UC created the first cooperative education program in the world.
Today it has an enrollment of over 30,000 students.
UC has a great basketball history including the alma mater of Oscar Robertson. What I did not realize was the Sandy Koufax the Hall of Fame pitcher for the Dodgers was a student at UC for one year 1953-54. What was even more amazing was the Koufax attended UC on a basketball scholarship.
His baseball coach was Ed Jucker who eventually became the UC Basketball Coach and won two NCAA Titles in 1961 and 1962 and almost a third in 1963. Jucker recruited both Sandy Koufax and Oscar Robertson even though the “Big O” had graduated when Ed became UC Head Coach.
He died in 2002 at the age of 86.