HARRY C. LANCASTER Director of Athletics
Athletic Director Harry Lancaster has been closely associated with the Wildcat basketball program approximately three-fourths of his life.
He earned his master's degree at the University while serving as part-time assistant in basketball and a full-time instructor in physical education from Sept. 1942 until March 1944, when he entered the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 2/c.
He advanced to lieutenant (SG) and returned to the University in March 1946 in time to assist Adolph Rupp in winning NCAA basketball championships in 1948-49-51 and '58, along with numerous other titles and honors.
From 1946 until 1970, Lancaster was known primarily as the No. 1 assistant to Rupp. His freshman teams compiled 204 victories against only 57 defeats. He served 16 years as head baseball coach and gave the school its winningest seasons by compiling identical 18-8 marks in 1959-60.
After becoming acting athletic director in September 1968, he continued for a while as chief assistant; however, he handed the freshman reins over to Joe Hall near the end of the season and then left the coaching ranks completely after being named permanent athletic director.
One of the first challenges facing Lancaster during his "acting" tenure was to obtain John Ray as football coach to replace Charlie Bradshaw, who resigned unexpectedly.
Lancaster has applied his energies in other areas, hiring coaches Selden Fritschner, swimming; "Tuffy" Home, baseball; Dan McQueen, golf, and Graddy Johnson, tennis, thus placing the accent on a youthful staff.
Capital improvements under Lancaster include a new roof for the Coliseum, new surface on the all-weather running track, plus a press box and additional seating at track events, and new football and baseball scoreboards.
The latest achievement is a new football stadium to be completed in 1973.
A native of Paris, Ky., at Paris High, he lettered in football, basketball and base-