Early life and education
Ebright was an only child, born in Chicago, Illinois, to Frank Randall Ebright (1862–1959) and Charlotte M. Bassage Ebright (1866–1959). He attended Broadway High School in Seattle, Washington.
Ebright remained at University of Washington after graduating and was an assistant coach there through the 1923 season. In the fall of 1923, he became the Head Coach for the rowing team at Berkeley. Ebright took the job only after he was assured that his job at Washington would be waiting for him if things did not work well.
During his tenure, the Cal Bears men's varsity 8 (8+) won the following events:
- 1928 Summer Olympics – Gold Medal
- 1932 Summer Olympics – Gold Medal
- 1948 Summer Olympics – Gold Medal
IRA Championships – National Title
In 1956, Ebright was inducted into the United States Rowing Hall of Fame. In addition, four of his varsity boats have been inducted:
- 1928 Univ. California Eight
- 1932 Univ. California Eight
- 1939 Univ. California Eight
- 1948 Univ. California Eight
According to friend and interviewer Arthur Arlett, Ebright was small of stature (befitting a coxswain) and was affectionately nicknamed "The Little Admiral". He married Kathryn Doty Gruber Ebright (1907–2001); their families were friendly and were neighbors. They had two children, a son Malcolm and a daughter Margaret.
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