With a Passion for the Game

With a Passion for the Game : The Memoirs of Professor Thomas W. Cairns: Volleyball Coach University of Tulsa 1976-1992

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For 17 years, Prof. Thomas W. Cairns coached the University of Tulsa's women's volleyball team -- without pay and while working full-time as a respected professor of mathematics. The women he coached in 1976 were part of the first generation of female college athletes, recruited at the very beginning of efforts toward gender equity in college sports. The story of Tom Cairns, a volunteer head coach at a Division I university from 1976-1992, shows how colleges resisted Title IX, how talented young women learned to define themselves as scholar-athletes, and how the relationship between coach and college athletes can shape and direct lives. It also shows what college sports can be like when it's about the game, not the money.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 8.89mm | 290.3g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508702810
  • 9781508702818

About Ruby Willoughby Wile

Ruby Willoughby Wile retired from The University of Tulsa in 2013. She currently lives in Oklahoma City, and spends her spare time at little league ball games and traveling with her husband of 46 years. Prof. Tom Cairns is a Professor Emeritus at The University of Tulsa. He continues his love of basketball and volleyball, and can still be seen in Reynolds Athletic Center explaining his now infamous Theorem Drill to interested fans.
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