ATHLETICS DIRECTOR CLIFFORD O. HAGAN
Full Name: Clifford Oldham Hagan, born Dec 8, 1931, at Owensboro, Kentucky, son of Wilbur and M able Ashley H agan. Wife: The former Martha Milton of Owensboro; married Sept. 4, 1954. Children : Mrs. Barry "Lisa" Thaxton, Lexington; Mrs. Jim "Laurie" Hill, West Libert)'; Mrs. Ron "Amy" Burdette, Atlanta, GA, and Kip, a junior member of the Transylvania University basketball and tennis teams.
High School Graduated Owensboro High School, in middle of 1949-50 school year. College Graduate 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 I.edOwensboroto 1949StateChampionship, scoring4l points in final game, which years later was voted greatest individual performance in history of that tournament. College UK Ail-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. LouisHawks, 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 Year" In 1958.
1978 First UK player installed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
1974 Hall ofFameMagazine'sAll-Americasecond team for 1951-73 period; Orlando (Fl.)Sentinel-Star'sAU-TimeSEC first team; InsideKentuckySportsMagazine'sAll-Time Player in Kentucky.
1975 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni; UK Centennial "K" Medallion.
1965 Herbert Hoover Boys Club organized in Owensboro and named Cliff Hagan Boys Club of America
Clifford O. Hagan
A $5 million-plus natatorium, an expanded lounge and storage area in the Football Offices at Commonwealth Stadium, a new computerized program for the Ticket Office and new dressing facilities for women at Shively Sports Center are major improvements on tap as Cliff Hagan begins his 10th year as University of Kentucky athletics director.
The natatorium, approved last spring by the UK Athletics Board, will contain a 50-meter pool, a 50' x 75' diving well, deck area, shower and dressing rooms, lobby and control offices, equipment room, dressing area and all the other requirements for a first-class facility.
The Stadium lounge area, scheduled for completion in time for the current football season, adjoins the football offices and will be used as a reception area for parents and recruits, a pre-game and post-game gathering place, a site for certain other functions, and storage.
The antiquated ticket system has "moved into the20th Century" with installation of the Ticketron 2,001 System.
The expanded facilities for women at Shively Sports Center will be an addition located on the corner of the facility nearest the baseball field.
Another project in progress is removal of two areas of cracked external masonry walls on either side of the main entrance to M emorial Coliseum.
On the "games" side of the ledger, the 1983 Wildcat football team compiled a 6-4-1 record that represented the second-biggest turnaround in collegiate football history (from 0-10-1 in 1982) and participated in the Hall of Fame Bowl while the basketball Wildcats won the Southeastern Conference season and tournament championships and advanced to the "Final Four" as Mideast Regional champs.
The nationally ranked women's volleyball team was host to the 1984 NCAA championships while the Lady Kat basketball team won its holiday tournament (Dial Classic) for the fifth consecutive time.
T he University was host to the M ideast R egional last M arch and wil 1 be host to the men's Final Four next March and the women's Final Four in 1986.
Since replacing Harry Lancaster as athletics director in July 1975, H agan has supervised an ever-expanding program that now operates with a budget in the neighborhood of $7 million. Continued growth in practically all phases of UK athletics has been the hallmark of his reign, with fine attendance at football and basketball games the men's program continues to lead the nation in attendance while the Lady Kats hold the national attendance for women with 10,622 attending a game in 1983 and a steady upgrading of facilities.
Hagan returned to theUniversity in 1972 as assistant toLancaster and was assigned the task of implementing the Blue & White Fund for 57,600-seat Commonwealth Stadium and later for the 23,000-seat Rupp Arena, home of the basketball Wildcats and site of the 1985 Final Four.