Brutus Hamilton

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBrutus Kerr•Hamilton
Used nameBrutus•Hamilton
Born19 July 1900 in Peculiar, Missouri (USA)
Died28 December 1970 in Berkeley, California (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsKCAC, Kansas City (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


As a student at the University of Missouri, Brutus Hamilton won both the 1920 AAU pentathlon and decathlon and at the Olympics placed sixth in the pentathlon and took the silver medal in the decathlon. In 1924 he competed in the Olympic pentathlon for a second time and placed seventh. He also excelled in football and basketball, and later became phys ed, English and history teacher. Hamilton’s greatest contribution to the sport was, however, as a coach. He was coach at Cal/Berkeley from 1932-65 and during that time his team won six NCAA championships and 14 NCAA individual titles. He was a greatly respected man and was assistant coach to the 1932 and 1936 Olympic teams and head coach for the 1952 team. In 1950 he was voted Missouri’s Greatest Amateur Athlete and in 1974 he was inducted into the US Athletics Hall of Fame.

Personal Best: Dec – 5936 (1920).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Brutus Hamilton
Pentathlon, Men (Olympic) 6
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Brutus Hamilton
Pentathlon, Men (Olympic) 7