WILDCAT COACHING ASSISTANTS
1975-76 BASKETBALL STAFF-Head Coach Joe B. Hall, kneeling, is shown with his staff. From left, Dick Parsons, Lynn Nance and Leonard Hamilton.
DICK PARSONS, Assistant Coach
To label Dick Parsons a easy-going, carefree individual, would be a gross miscalculation. The former star U.K. athlete, who holds the distinction of captaining two varsity sports-basketball and baseball—thrives on competition and as the saying goes, "will flat get after you," whether he is involved in his daily running program, playing golf or going after a lunker in his favorite fishing hole on the Licking River. And it is this spirit which reaps dividends with the Wildcats on the basketball court.
The well respected Parsons, who begins his fourth year as Joe B. Hall's No. 1 assistant, returned to the University as baseball coach in 1969. Before giving up his position to join basketball on a full time basis, he molded a team (1971) which established or tied 15 school records.
A mountaineer in his own right, Parsons came to the University in 1958 after an outstanding career as a four-sports star at Harlan High School, where he had a three-year basketball scoring total of 1,276 points..
A consistent player who made few mistakes at UK, Parsons was known as a fine outside shooter and for his aggressive defense during three years as a starting guard. His career high 21 points came against Mississippi as a sophomore.
He was a two-time (1960, '61) recipient of the coveted A. B. Chandler award, given annually for the player best exemplifying the qualities of leadership, scholarship, character and ability. Only three other Wildcats have twice been so honored since the award was originated in 1951.
Holding more Wildcat baseball records than any other player, he was an All-Conference shortstop in 1959 and 1961, All-NCAA District 1960, '61, and All-American '61. He hit .400 his senior year.
He was an assistant football coach at Glasgow High two years and baseball and basketball coach at Boyle County High from 1963 to 1968.
While working on his Master's Degree at the University in 1968-69, he scouted, recruited and helped with the Wildcat
freshmen team, later accepting a part-time assistantship in basketball in addition to his baseball job.
He is married to the former Celia Cawood of Harlan. They have a daughter, Kathy, 9, and a son, Ed, 11.
LEONARD HAMILTON, Assistant Coach
Much of Kentucky's defensive prowess last year can be credited to the talent of Leonard Hamilton, a second year assistant, who came to UK after three years as an assistant at Austin Peay State,University.
In high school at Gastonia, N. C, he lettered three-years in football and twice in basketball. He was basketball team captain two years at Gaston Community College in Dallas, N. C, where he scored 54 points in one game, set a record for most field goals in a season, and was All-Region and All-Tournament.
At University of Tennessee—Martin, he was team captain and led in assists and steals, was most valuable defensive player, All-Conference and All-Tournament. He was elected "Mr. Volunteer" by the student body and played in the Kentucky-Tennessee Ail-Star game.
At Austin Peay, he coached the freshman team, scouted and recruited. During his three years there, the Governors went from last place to first in the OVC, appeared in two NCAA tournaments and were nationally ranked in scoring.
He is married to the former Claudette Hale. They have a son, Lenny, 5.
LYNN NANCE, Assistant Coach
A stickler for detail and a motivator of young men are just two qualities which brand Lynn Nance as one of the bright young coaches on the collegiate basketball scene.
A former All-Coast and All-Pac 8 Conference forward at the University of Washington, Nance had coaching experience at his alma mater and was with the FBI and NCAA before joining UK in August 1974 as head recruiter and assistant coach.
He began his collegiate basketball career at Southwest Baptist Junior College in Bolivar, Mo., after earning prep All-State.and All-District honors as a four-sports athlete in his native Granby, Mo.
He starred for Washington in 1963-64 and 1964-65, and after graduation, spent most of one exhibition season with the St. Louis Hawks before an injury ended his pro aspirations.
He was coach and athletic director one year at Versailles, Mo., High School, where he compiled a 28-2 record, won the conference championship and advanced to the regional playoffs.
Nance was fresliman coach under Mac Duckworth at Washington one year and freshman coach and recruiter two years under Tex Winter, with varsity coaching assignments on defense and with the big man.
He spent three years with the FBI before joining the NCAA headquarters staff of Walter Byers. He is married to the former Sally Ann Scholes of Granby. They have a son, Kevin, 12.