Cliff Hagan began his 10th year as University of Kentucky athletics director on July 1, 1985, overseeing a Wildcat program that is undergoing an ambitious program of planning, construction and completion. Under Hagan, a 1954 Kentucky graduate and one of the greatest basketball players ever at UK, projects totalling approximately $13 million have been either completed or begun in the last year.
The major projects underway include:
A $5.7 million swimming complex to be named after former Wildcat athletics director Harry C. Lancaster.
A $5.5 million football training facility, to be built adjacent to the Shively Sports Center. The project has received a $1 million gift from Ohio businessman Ervin J. Nutter and will bear his name.
A new four-court indoor tennis facility, being built at a cost of nearly $600,000.
Other projects completed include:
A beautiful recruiting-entertaining lounge, "The Wildcat Den," at 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 football practice fields at Shively Sports Center at a cost of $500,000.
New dressing facilities for women at Shively Sports Center.
The computerization of the ticket and sports information offices with "state-of-the-art" equipment.
On the "games" side of the ledger, highlights last school year included a second straight bowl appearance for the football team and advancement to the "Final 16" of the NCAA Tournament by the basketball team.
The 1985 NCAA Final Four basketball championship held at Rupp Arena under UK sponsorship was declared a smashing success, but there was no rest for the UK athletic administration as preparations for next spring's SEC Basketball Tournament and NCAA Women's Final Four have begun. Both will be held at Rupp Arena.
On the personal side, Hagan received a distinguished honor last year when the Boys Club of America National Awards Committee selected him as recipient of the prestigious "Boys Club Medallion," which is a means of recognizing individuals who have rendered, "unusally devoted service to a Boys Club over a considerable period of time."
CLIFF HAGAN PERSONAL DATA
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, Lexington; Mrs. Jim "Laurie" Hill, Lexingtons Mrs. Ron "Amy" Burdette, Decatur, AL, and Kip, a senior member of the Transylvania University basketball and tennis teams.
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 1968.
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 Ail-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.