from the Oklahoma Track and Field Brochure 1964)
a sackful of bullfrongs before major meets, Bill
Carroll has built the Sooners into a Big Eight and
national track power in his five years as head coach.
He delivered a stirring pep talk to his 1962 team
before it won the Big Eight title. But several members
took a tape-recording of the speech and presented
it to Carroll at a victory celebration following
the meet. "Talk about guff," Carroll grinned.
Carroll's teams, kept loose with
such diversions, have won two Big Eight outdoor
championships and one Big Eight indoor title. His
1962 vaulted from a fifth place finish indoors to
the outdoor title.
In 1959, teh Sooners trotted to
second place in the Big Eight, then spurted to fourth
in the NCAA.
Before Carroll took over as head
coach in 1959, the Sooners had not won a conference
ittle since 1935. Carroll accomplished that feat
in his second year here.
When Carroll's 1960 team won the
Big Eight indoor crown, it broke a Kansas streak
of eight consecutive titles. When his 1961 Sooners
toppled the Jayhawkers outdoors, they snapped a
Kansas string of nine straight team championships.
Carroll was a champion pole vaulter
while attending Okemah high school and OU. He soared
to the state high school championship in 1943, then
to second in the NCAA in 1949. He was voted teh
outstanding athlete at the 1950 Kansas Relays after
vaulting 14-5. He wond the conference pole vaulting
title four times.
Carroll returned to Oklahoma in
1956 to assist John Jacobs, his old coach. He earlier
coached at Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas,
and Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Kentucky.
In 1959 Carroll was elected by
his fellow coaches to lead an all-star team through
Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. In 1963
he coached the United States military track team
to teh Conseil Invitational du Sport Militaire (CIMS)
championships title in The Netherlands. That was
the equivalent to the Olympics for sevicemen.