Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Jackie Gibson, October 21, 2016

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

 

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00:00:00 - High school tennis career

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Partial Transcript: Well, I'm here with Docky--Dr. Jackie Gibson who was a four-year letterman and, really, one of the first four-year letterman I--maybe the first four-year letterman to play at the University of Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Gibson recalls her start in tennis, which began relatively late at the age of thirteen. She then talks about her high school tennis career, which included the title of Kentucky State High School Doubles Champion. Gibson also talks about how her tennis game suits doubles tennis, and discusses her coach, Carl Hoppe.

Keywords: Bluegrass Racquet Club; Carl Hoppe; Doubles tennis; Female athletes; High schools; Hoppe, Carl; Janice Muncie; Kentucky State High School Doubles Championship; Kentucky State Tennis Tournament; Lafayette High School (Lexington, Ky.); Muncie, Janice; Murray State University; Scholarship athletes; Singles tennis; Sports; University of Kentucky; Western Kentucky University; Women’s Tennis

Subjects: Athletes; College sports for women; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; High schools; Lexington (Ky.); Murray State University; Scholarships; Sports; Tennis; Tennis players; Tennis--History.; Tennis--doubles; Tennis--singles; University of Kentucky; Western Kentucky University; Women; Women athletes; Women athletes--United States.

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
00:04:28 - Life as a student athlete

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Partial Transcript: So, so you graduate from Lafayette in seventy-five and you want to come to Kentucky, but your thoughts were not the tennis, you wanted to come for the med school.

Segment Synopsis: Gibson talks about being recruited for women’s tennis by the University of Kentucky in 1976. She then recalls being number one in both singles and doubles tennis on the team. Gibson also talks about facing formidable opponents from Murray State University and Western Kentucky University due to the fact that they offered scholarships to women athletes. Gibson discusses the difficulties of balancing being an athlete and being a student.

Keywords: Academics; Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW); Carney, Cindy; Cindy Carney; Claudia Young; Doubles tennis; Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate Conference (KWIC); Medical schools; Murray State University; National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); Professors; Recruitment; Scholarships; Singles tennis; Student athletes; University of Kentucky; Western Kentucky University; Women’s Tennis; Young, Claudia

Subjects: Academics; Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women; College sports for women; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Murray State University; National Collegiate Athletic Association.; Professors; Scholarships; Tennis; Tennis--History.; Tennis--doubles; Tennis--singles; University of Kentucky; Western Kentucky University; Women athletes; Women athletes--United States.

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
00:11:47 - Compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 / travel

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Partial Transcript: Okay, so, now we're going to move on to your sophomore year.

Segment Synopsis: Gibson talks about the University of Kentucky complying with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 by 1976, which forced them to offer scholarships to women athletes. She then discusses how this change affected the women’s tennis team at the university. Gibson also talks about the difficulties of traveling to matches on a limited budget. Gibson talks about competing in the Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate Conference (KWIC) and Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) competition during her sophomore year. Next, she talks about the merging of the men’s and women’s athletic departments at the university. This merge resulted in changes to the athletic training program, which included the women’s tennis team sharing facilities with the football team--a move which resulted in tennis players hiding injuries to avoid the derision of the football team.

Keywords: Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW); Betsy Jones; Cassidy, Cathy; Cathy Cassidy; Claudia Young; Cliff Hagan; Debbie Mack; Feamster, Susan; Grants; Hagan, Cliff; Janice Muncie; Jones, Betsy; Kentucky; Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate Conference (KWIC); Lisa Shepper; Louisville (Ky.); Mack, Debbie; Memorial Coliseum; Mononucleosis “Mono”; Muncie, Janice; Murray State University; Myra Vann; Nolan, Susan; Purdue University; Scholarships; Seton Center; Shepper, Lisa; Shivley Sports Center; State championships; Susan Feamster; Susan Nolan; Tennis; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Travel; University of Kentucky; Vann, Myra; Western Kentucky University; Young, Claudia

Subjects: Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women; College sports; College sports for women; College sports--Law and legislation; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; Grants; Kentucky; Louisville (Ky.); Mononucleosis.; Murray State University; Purdue University; Scholarships; Tennis; Tennis--History.; Travel; University of Kentucky; Western Kentucky University; Women athletes; Women athletes--United States.

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
00:28:54 - Facilities

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Partial Transcript: And, did--now you all shared the same facility though?

Segment Synopsis: Gibson talks about sharing facilities with the men’s tennis team, and talks about how the lack of indoor facilities hindered training in the winter.

Keywords: Bluegrass Racquet Club; Coaches; Lexington Tennis Club; Main tennis courts; Tennis courts; Tommy Wade; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky men’s tennis team; University of Kentucky women’s tennis team; Wade, Tommy

Subjects: Coaches (Athletics); College sports for women; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Sports facilities.; Tennis clubs; Tennis coaches; Tennis courts; Tennis teams; Tennis--History.; University of Kentucky; Women athletes; Women athletes--United States.

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
00:31:46 - Coaches and teammates

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Partial Transcript: Okay, so, let's, let's go into the seventy-eight season.

Segment Synopsis: Gibson discusses changes to the team that occurred in the 1978 season, which included the addition of formidable tennis players that aided in accomplishing an undefeated season. She also recalls her teammates and coaches, recalling a time when Coach Claudia Young encouraged her to ask for an appeals judge to address a cheating opponent. Gibson also talks about how teammate Kimberly “Kiki” Smith encouraged her to improve her game and talks about her friendship with Susan Nolan, with whom she still plays recreational tennis.

Keywords: Appeals judges; Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW); Athletic coaches; Carney, Cindy; Cheating; Cindy Carney; Claudia Young; Co-champions; Debbie Grimes; Florida; Goodrich-Smith, Kimberly “Kiki”; Grimes, Debbie; Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate Conference (KWIC); Kimberly “Kiki” Goodrich-Smith; Lexington Tennis Club; Lisa Shepper; Nolan, Susan; Purdue University; Regionals; Scott Smith; Shepper, Lisa; Smith, Scott; Susan Nolan; Tennis; Tucson, (Ariz.); Two-handed backhands; University of Kentucky women’s tennis team; University of Tennessee; Vanderbilt University; Western Kentucky University; Young, Claudia

Subjects: Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women; Brothers; Cheating; Coaches (Athletic); College sports for women; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Florida; Judges; Purdue University; Smith, Kimberly; Smith, Scott; Tennis; Tennis clubs; Tennis teams; Tennis umpires; Tennis--History.; Tennis--coaching; Tucson, (Ariz.); University of Kentucky; University of Tennessee; Vanderbilt University; Western Kentucky University; Women athletes; Women athletes--United States.

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
00:42:07 - 1979 season

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Partial Transcript: So now we're going to move into nineteen seventy-nine.

Segment Synopsis: Gibson talks about her 1979 season, which, with the help of scholarships offers, included the additions of players Patsy Lucas and Lynn Shores. She also discusses the limited amount of equipment the university provided.

Keywords: Carl Hoppe; Claudia Young; Debbie Grimes; Doubles tennis; Goodrich-Smith, Kimberly “Kiki”; Grimes, Debbie; Hoppe, Carl; Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate Conference (KWIC); Kimberly “Kiki” Goodrich-Smith; Lisa Shepper; Lucas, Patsy; Lynn Shores; Nebraska; Nolan, Susan; Patsy Lucas; Racquets; Regionals; Scholarships; Serving; Shepper, Lisa; Shores, Lynn; Sports equipment; Strings; Susan Nolan; Tennis shoes; Tucson (Ariz.); University of Kentucky women’s tennis team; West Virginia; Young, Claudia

Subjects: Athletic shoes; College sports for women; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Nebraska; Scholarships; Shoes; Smith, Kimberly; Tennis rackets; Tennis teams; Tennis--History.; Tucson (Ariz.); University of Kentucky; West Virginia; Women athletes; Women athletes--United States.

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
00:47:17 - Position as assistant coach

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Partial Transcript: So, you know, one of the things, uh, one of the things that I wanted to talk about in terms of support was, did you all have an assistant coach at that time?

Segment Synopsis: Gibson talks about her role as assistant coach, which allowed her to complete her degree. She describes her relief at being able to focus on academics instead of playing tennis competitively. Gibson then returns to the topic of being an assistant coach and outlines her duties in this position. Next, she talks about how entrance in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) resulted in stiffer competition.

Keywords: Academics; Assistant coaches; Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW); Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS); Claudia Young; Cliff Hagan; Eastern Kentucky University; Hagan, Cliff; John Varga; Nolan, Susan; Southeastern Conference (SEC); Sports; Susan Nolan; University of Kentucky women’s tennis; Varga, John; Young, Claudia

Subjects: Academics; Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women; Coaches (Athletics); College sports for women; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; Eastern Kentucky University; Southeastern Conference.; Sports; Tennis teams; Tennis--History.; Tennis--Training.; University of Kentucky; Varga, John; Women athletes; Women athletes--United States.

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037
00:57:36 - Medical career

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Partial Transcript: Okay, so, you know in eighty-two, then, Claudia decides, you know, she's not going to coach anymore.

Segment Synopsis: Gibson talks about leaving her position as assistant coach to pursue her medical career. She then describes her path to becoming an internal medicine physician and University of Kentucky faculty member. Next, Gibson speaks about being a trailblazer in both athletics and her profession.

Keywords: Assistant coaches; Billie Jean King; Bluegrass Racquet Club; Carbone, Dawn; Claudia Young; Cliff Hagan; Dawn Carbone; Doctors; Donna Lopiano; Feamster, Susan; Gloria Singletary; Hagan, Cliff; Kentucky Clinic; King, Billie Jean; Lopiano, Donna; Medical directors; Medical school; Medicine; Mentors; Otis A. Singletary; Patients; Physicians; Primary care program directors; Residency; Singletary, Gloria; Singletary, Otis A.; Susan Feamster; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky Healthcare; Wives; Women’s Health Center; Young, Claudia

Subjects: Coaches (athletic); College sports for women; College sports--United States--History.; College sports--United States.; College sports.; King, Billie Jean; Lopiano, Donna; Medicine; Patients; Physicians; Residents (Medicine); Singletary, Otis A.; Tennis clubs; Tennis--History.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky. Medical Center; Wives; Women athletes; Women athletes--United States.

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.0406, -84.5037