W.O. Hamilton

W.O. Hamilton (1876-1951)

Teams coached: William Jewell Cardinals, Kansas Jayhawks
William Jewell record: 17-13 (.567)
Kansas record: 125-59 (.679)
Overall record: 142-72 (.664)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1909-1919 Kansas
1906-1908 William Jewell
1898-1899 William Jewell

W.O. Hamilton Facts

  • William Oliver Hamilton
  • Born March 29, 1876
  • Died December 29, 1951
  • Hometown: Huntsville, Missouri
  • Alma Mater: William Jewell College (BA)
  • Hamilton was born and raised in Missouri and attended William Jewell College in Liberty, MO
  • Early basketball coaching roles include two stints (three total seasons) at his alma mater, as well as some time at Central HS in Kansas City
    • While at Central, Hamilton coached (in basketball) future Baseball Hall of Famer Casey Stengel; won a city championship
  • Spent ten years as the head basketball coach at Kansas, holding a dual role of athletic director for eight of those years
    • He took over in 1909 for Phog Allen, who would later replace him in 1919 for a second, much longer stint with the Jayhawks
    • During Hamilton’s time at the helm, KU went 125-59 and won five Missouri Valley (MVIAA) league titles
  • Hamilton later worked in the private sector, owning and operating a car dealership in Lawrence for many years

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