Ky Ebright

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Carroll M. "Ky" Ebright (20 March 1894 – 25 November 1979)[1] was a revered coach for the University of California, Berkeley crew team.

Early life and education[edit]

Ebright was an only child,[2] born in Chicago, Illinois,[2] to Frank Randall Ebright (1862–1959) and Charlotte M. Bassage Ebright (1866–1959).[1] He attended Broadway High School in Seattle, Washington.[2]

While attending college at the University of Washington, Ebright was a coxswain, lettering there in 1916 and 1917.

During World War I, he was a flying instructor.[2]


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.[3] 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.[3]

Ebright is the only man to coach three Olympic gold medal-winning eight-oared boats. He coached the Cal Men's crew from 1924 through 1959.[4]

During his tenure, the Cal Bears men's varsity 8 (8+) won the following events:


IRA Championships – National Title

  • 1928
  • 1932
  • 1934
  • 1935
  • 1939
  • 1949

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

Personal life[edit]

According to friend and interviewer Arthur Arlett, Ebright was small of stature (befitting a coxswain) and was affectionately nicknamed "The Little Admiral".[2] He married Kathryn Doty Gruber Ebright (1907–2001);[5] their families were friendly and were neighbors.[2] They had two children,[2] a son Malcolm and a daughter Margaret.[5]

He died in Berkeley, California at the age of 85.


  1. ^ a b "Carroll M "Ky" Ebright". 20 May 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Carroll "Ky" Ebright (1968). Ky Ebright: Crew Coach for The University of California and The Olympics. Interview with Arthur M. Arlett. Berkeley, California: University of California Berkeley. Regional Oral History Office, University of California Bancroft Library. 
  3. ^ a b Lemmon, Jim. The Log of Rowing at the University of California, Berkeley. 1870-1987
  4. ^ "U.S. National Rowing Hall of Fame" (PDF). National Rowing Foundation. 
  5. ^ a b "Kathryn Doty Gruber Ebright". referencing Alameda Times-Star obituary. 18 December 2001. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 

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