coach of the champion independent team in the area.
His next move was to Central Missouri, where he coached the Mules (19-6) to their first MIAA Conference championship since 1951 and their first Christmas Tournament title in history. He was named MIAA "Coach of the Year" (1964-65).
A three-letter winner and team captain in both sports in high school at Cynthiana, Ky., he played freshman basketball and one year of varsity basketball in the "Fabulous Five" era at the University before transferring to the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., where he set a school single game scoring record and was team captain. Coach Lon Varnell, upon retirement, rated Hall as No. 1 of the three best players he ever coached.
After touring Europe with the Globetrotters in 1951, Hall returned to U.K. in 1955 to complete requirements for his B.A. and later (1964) received his M.A. at Colorado State University.
Returning to U.K. again in 1965 an assistant coach and head recruiter, he was instrumental in adopting a running-conditioning program which obviously paid huge
dividends as the Wildcats capitalized on speed and endurance to offset a lack of size and advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Finals.
Hall became No. 1 varsity assistant and head freshman Coach to Rupp after Harry C. Lancaster was named permanent athletic director Feb. 1, 1969.
International Flavor
Hall's basketball renown has attracted world-wide attention in international circles and has catapulted him into a much sought-after clinician and guest speaker. He has taken Wildcat teams on tours of Australia and Japan, where he conducted clinics and shared his basketball philosophy.
Hall considers one of his major coaching honors came when he was named guest lecturer for the World Basketball Coaches Congress in the Canary Islands, July 1977, before some 400 coaches from the international set.
He was a member of the 1976 Olympic Basketball Committee, and in 1972 served under Hank Iba in the Olympic Trials at the Air Force Academy.
He is married to the former Katharine Dennis of Harrison County, Ky. They have three children Mrs. Kathy (Mike) Summers, Mrs. Judy (Rick) Derrickson and Steve of Lexington.
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