The new $700,000-plus Hilary J. Boone Indoor Tennis Center is in operation, the $5.5 million E.J. Nutter Football Training Center is under construction and a new $5 million-plus natatorium is in the works as Cliff Hagan begins his 11th year as University of Kentucky athletics director.
The first two projects were made possible by donations of $250,000 by Mr. Boone and $65,000 by the Humana Foundation for the tennis facility, and donations of one million dollars by Mr. Nutter and $250,000 by Central Kentucky horseman Seth Hancock and additional contributions by fans and alumni for the football facility, plus matching funds from the Athletics Department.
The swimming facility, financed by a grant from the Athletics Department will be named after former Wildcat athletics director Harry C. Lancaster, who died last year.
Projects completed in 1985 include:
• — A beautiful recruiting-entertaining lounge and two large storage rooms in the Football Offices complex at Commonwealth Stadium.
• — Replacement of 120 yards of artificial turf and the addition of 40 more yards of turf on one of the main practice fields at Shively Sports Center.
• — A new weight room and completely revamped training room in Memorial Coliseum.
• — New dressing facilities for women at Shively Sports Center.
• — New computerized program for the Ticket Office.
• — The installation of computers in the Sport Information Office, which scored a "first" by using up-to-the-minute computerized stats at the 1985 "Final Four." Computerized stats also were featured at UK home football games last fall.
On the "games" side, UK last spring hosted the SEC Basketball Tournament and the Women's NCAA Final Four basketball tournament.
Full Name: Clifford Oldham Hagan, born Dec. 8, 1931, at Owensboro, KY, son of Wilbur and Mable Ashley Hagan. Wife: The former Martha Milton of Owensboro; married Sept. 4, 1954. Children: Mrs. Barry "Lisa" Thaxton, Louisville Mrs. Jim "Laurie" Hill, Lexington; Mrs. Ron "Amy" Burdette, Decatur, AL, and Kip, a recent graduate Transylvania University, where he earned basketball and tennis letters.
High School: Graduated Owensboro High School, in middle of 1949-50 school year.
College: Graduated University of Kentucky (1954) with "High Distinction," compiling 2.7 out of possible 3.0 GPA (Phys. Ed.); twice selected among Top Ten students in College of Education; named "Outstanding Senior" in that college; member Sigma Nu Fraternity, Student Government, Baptist Student Union & Fellowship of Christian Athletes. M.S. in education from Washington University in 1958. Service: Two years commissioned officer in U.S. Air Force.
High School: Led Owensboro to 1949 State Championship, scoring 41 points in final game, which years later was voted greatest individual performance in history of that tournament. College: UK All-American on teams that won 86 of 91 games, including 1951 NCAA championship and undefeated season in 1954 (co-captain); set dozen SEC records, NCAA record for most rebounds (528) in season; UK record 51 points vs Temple.
Service: Led Andrews Air Force Base to two World Wide Air Force championships; All-Service honors both years. Professional: Ten years with St. Louis Hawks, scoring 12,437 points in 672 games (18.5); five East-West All-Star games, NBA second All-League twice, All-Pro 1957-62 inclusive on teams that won six division, one world championship; set NBA record for most field goals scored (12) in single quarter. Coaching: Player-coach of the Dallas Chapparals, finishing career with 14,908 points; Texas "Coach of the Year" in 1958.
1965 — Herbert Hoover Boys Club organized in Owensboro and named Cliff Hagan Boys Club of America. 1978 — First UK player installed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
1974 — Hall of Fame Magazine's All-America second team for 1951-73 period; Orlando (FL) Sentinal-Star's All-Time SEC first team; Inside Kentucky Sports Magazine's All-Time Player in Kentucky.
1975 — Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame; UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni; UK Centennial "K" Medallion
1984 —- Recipient of prestigious "Boys Club" Medallion.