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We sincerely hope this copy of the 1982-1983 University of Kentucky basketball facts book will aid you in your coverage of Wildcat basketball. If you desire additional information, please feel free to contact the Sports Information Office in Memorial Coliseum (606-257-3838).
RUSSELL RICE Director of Sports Information RANDY STACY RENA KOIER
Asst. Director ol Sports Information Asst. Director of Sports Information
JOYCE BAXTER Staff Assistant
Important Telephone Numbers
Cliff Hagan  606-258-2881 Larry Ivy  606-258-4911 Sports Information  606-257-3838
Frank Ham  606-258-5611 Basketball Office  606-257-1916 Stacy at Home  606-887-2100
WORKING PRESS PASSES  Address requests to Sports Information as far in advance as possible. Tickets will not be mailed unless requested and will be held at the Press Entrance of Rupp Arena for pickup on game night. Entrance to the press area is at Gate 4 off Patterson Street.
PRESS ROOM  Located on floor level under stands behind the visitor bench area. Features work space with necessary electric outlets. Telephone for credit card and collect calls available. Individual lines may be ordered from General Telephone.
COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS  No individual game allotment.
TRANSMITTERS  A telecopier service (telecopier, operator) will be provided for $25. This service must be ordered in advance of game day.
RADIO BROADCASTS  Broadcasting rights to UK games are assigned exclusively to the UK Network. One reciprocal rights fee waver is guaranteed opponent schools visiting Lexington. Any additional stations must clear through UK Director of Broadcasting John Henderson (606-258-5633). Working passes will be supplied approved stations by the Sports Information Office. Broadcast lines must be ordered through General Telephone.
SERVICES  Working press, radio and television will be furnished game programs and notes, brochures, play-by-plays, shot charts, halftime and final statistics, and coaches quotes.
ARENA LIGHTING Rupp Arena lighting will provide 250-275 foot candles on playing floor with a mixture of incandescent and metal halide lights.
COACH JOE B. HALL Coach Joe B. Hall will hold at least 14 press conferences during preseason practice and the regular season. The schedule is listed below. These times will be the best to talk with Coach Hall. Coach Hall will also be available immediately before and immediately following most practices. Contact sports information for information on practice times and availability. Telephone interviews will be more effective when scheduled in advance.
Press Conference Schedule Oct. 15, Press Day, Memorial Coliseum, 2 p.m. Oct. 28, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Nov. 11, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Nov. 18, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Dec. 2, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Dec. 9, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Dec. 16, UKIT Banquet and Press Conference, Site and Time TBA
Jan. 6, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Jan. 13, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Jan. 20, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Jan. 27, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Feb. 3, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Feb. 10, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Feb. 17, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Feb. 24, Wildcat Lodge, 1 p.m. Credits:
Compiled and edited by
RANDY STACY, Assistant Sports Information Director RUSSELL RICE, Sports Information Director Photography by UK Photo Services; Jim Bradley, sports photographer, Dallas, Tex.; Bill Straus of Lexington; Randy Stacy; and Roger Thomas
On The Cover:
Wildcat Head Coach Joe B. Hall with seniors (left to right) Dirk Minniefield, Derrick Hord, and Charles Hurt Lexington's Triangle Park with the Lexington Center, including Rupp Arena, in the background.
Upper Right: Wildcat All-SEC standout Derrick Hord in action.
General Information and Staff 7, President Singletary and Athletics Board 8, Cliff Hagan 9, Joe B. Hall 10-11, Assistant Coaches 12-13, Staff 13-16
Ballenger 18, Beal 19, Bearup 20, Bowie 21, Heitz 22, Hord 23, Hurt 24, Master 25, McKinley 26, Minniefield 27, Turpin 28, Harden 29, May 29, Walker 30, Team Picture 31, Roster 31
SPECLAL FEATURES    32-35, 40-43
Wildcats' New Academic Learning Center 32-33, Wildcat Academic Success 34-35, Trip to the Orient 40-43
Butler 50, Notre Dame 50, Villanova
51, Detroit 51, Illinois 52, Indiana
52, UKIT 53-55, Kansas 56, Mississippi 56, LSU 57, Alabama 57, Miss. State
58, Auburn 58, Florida 59, Vanderbilt
59, Georgia 60, Tennessee 60
36-39, 62-81
Lettermen 36-37, All-Americans 38-39, 1981-82 Statistics and Superlatives
62, Team and Individual Game by Game
63, UK Coaches 64, All-Time Scorers 64, Home Attendance 64, General Records 65-67, SEC Data 68, Tournament Records 69, All-SEC, All-NCAA 70, Awards 71-72, Modern Record 73, All-Time Scores 74-79, Series Scores 80, Games Against 1982-83 Opponents 81-82
Inside Front, 82
Media Information (Inside Front), Outlets 82, UK Radio and TV 82
Back Cover The Arena
Kentucky's Fabulous 23,000-seat Rupp Arena
 The Joe B. Hall Wildcat Lodge
"Home of the Wildcats"
THE WILDCAT LODGE CLUB is much like other social and service organizations on the University of Kentucky campus. Its membership includes the Wildcat basketball team members and other students who live in the Wildcat Lodge. It provides many worthwhile services on the UK campus, fields intramural teams, and sponsors social functions. Among its projects is the annual Wildcat Lodge Haunted House held each Halloween. Wildcat Lodge Club members decorate the lodge and outfit themselves in costumes to fit the occasion and entertain the children of UK faculty and staff members. The waiting lines are always long to see Jim "Dracula" Master, Sam "Frankenstein" Bowie, Bret "The Mummy" Bearup, and others. The Fans
 The Wildcat Outlook
The University of Kentucky Wildcats began preseason practice with 11 returning lettermen, including four starters, and for the second consecutive season, with concern about the physical condition of All-American Sam Bowie.
Only starting forward Chuck Verderber (5.0 ppg., 3.7 rpg.) and reserve guard Bo Lanter (1.5 ppg.) are gone from last season's 22-8 squad that tied for the Southeastern Conference championship, giving UK its 33rd league crown. Heading the list of returnees are 1981-82 starters Dirk Minniefield (6-3, G), Jim Master (6-5, G), Derrick Hord (6-6, F), and Melvin Turpin (6-11, C), along with top reserves Charles Hurt (6-6, F) and Dicky Beal (5-11, G) and red-shirts Bowie (7-1, C-F) and Bret Bearup (6-9, F).
Bowie missed all of last season while recovering from a small, incomplete fracture of his left tibia (shin bone). He made consistent progress through the spring and summer and was even able to participate in drills leading up to UK's trip to the Orient during June and July. But some minor pain and troublesome swelling developed from time to time, and in early August, doctor's detected a slight weakening in a portion of the fracture line that had healed and elected to re-apply a cast and continue electrolysis to the injured area. At press time, there was optimism about Bowie's chances to return at 100 percent this season, but final decisions had not been made.
With Bowie's return, the Wildcats would feature an imposing duo in the front court in Bowie and Turpin. Bowie led the squad in scoring (17.4 ppg.) and rebounding (9.1 rpg.) in 1980-81 and was named to most All-America first teams. Turpin led the 1981-82 Wildcats in rebounding (7.1 rpg.) and ranked third in scoring (13.1 ppg.). Bowie's ability to play both
forward and center may enable Wildcat Coach Joe B. Hall to play the tandem together at times this season.
Hord heads the list of other front court returnees. The senior from Bristol, Tenn., led the Wildcats in scoring last season (16.3 ppg.), was named All-SEC, and was an honorable mention All-American. Hord could see action at both forward and guard this season.
Kentucky has excellent depth in the front court with part-time
starter Hurt, Bearup, Tom Heitz, Troy McKinley, and freshmen Todd May and Kenny Walker. Hurt started eight games last season and ranked fifth on the team in scoring (6.6 ppg.) and third in rebounding (4.5 rpg.). Bearup elected to sit out last season after averaging 2.7 ppg. as a freshman. Heitz (6-9) saw action mainly in reserve of Turpin in 1981-82 and averaged 3.1 ppg. and 1.9 rpg. McKinley (6-6) saw action in 16 games last season and averaged 1.0ppg. May (6-8) and Walker(6-8)
5 were players of the year in Kentucky and Georgia, respectively. May enjoyed two excellent games in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Series this summer, and Walker played well in the McDonald's Classic in Chicago and was a member of the South team in the National Sports Festival.
Minniefield, who, along with Turpin, was named to the player's all-conference team heads the list of backcourt candidates. He averaged 11.3 ppg. and 6.3 assists per game last season. Starter Master, who averaged 13.4 ppg. as the team's second leading scorer, returns to give the Wildcats outstanding outside shooting.
Other guard candidates are veterans Beal (3.3 ppg.) and Mike Ballenger (0.5 ppg.) and freshman Roger Harden (6-1). Beal enjoyed an excellent trip to the Orient this summer and figures to battle for increased playing time. Ballenger saw action in only 12 games last season. Harden earned "Mr. Basketball" honors in Indiana.
Once again, more than half of the Wildcats' games will be against team's that participated in postseason play in 1981-82. Kentucky shows only two games on its non-conference road schedule, but those games are at Indiana and Notre Dame. Villanova and Illinois, both expected to be national powers, visit Rupp Arena for nationally televised contests. Kansas replaces Notre Dame for UK's annual game at Freedom Hall in Louisville. The SEC is expected to show even better balance from top to bottom this season.
COACH HALL ON THE 1982-83 SEASON OUTLOOK  "We lost only two players and pick up five. Both Chuck Verderber and Bo Lanter were important to us last year, but by picking up three excellent freshmen and having Sam Bowie and Bret Bearup return, we're adding a lot to our squad. We're especially helping ourselves with size, something we lacked last season. I definitely feel we should be a better ball club this year. Another year of maturity,
plus the experience we received on our trip to the Orient this summer, has helped us. I think it could be a very good year for us."
"The outcome of Sam Bowie's injury and his progress will definitely play a big role in making the difference between us being a very good team or just a good team. If Sam is back 100 percent, I think this team will be one of the outstanding ones we've had since I've been here at Kentucky."
COACH HALL ON THE 1982-83 SCHEDULE  "Our schedule is again demanding. It begins with the Russian National Team, which will be one of the tallest teams Kentucky has ever faced. We will face a challenge in our final contracted game of the Notre Dame series which will be played in South Bend. Villanova is picked to be one of the top teams in the East
with the bulk of its starting lineup returning. Illinois should be a top 10 ranked team with several outstanding freshmen to go with their veterans. In the UKIT, we have Tulane, a team that competes very strongly in the Metro Conference; Rutgers, a team that features a former Wildcat in Clarence Tillman; and Duquesne, which is rich in basketball tradition. We travel to Indiana for a very important game to us and they have everybody back. We always look forward to our game in Louisville, and Kansas is a good rival to play in Freedom Hall. This year in the SEC we go to a Saturday-Monday schedule for the most part. Playing two games per trip is more demanding, but it's as fair for one team as it is another. We see a lot of strength in our conference. Both Tennessee and Alabama return the bulk of their squads and are championship contenders. Nearly every team in the league will be improved."
 University of Kentucky
General Information
LOCATION  Lexington, Ky., a community of 208,110 in the heart of Kentucky's famed Blue Grass region. Renowned as the world capital of the thoroughbred horse industry and known also as the world's largest loose-leaf tobacco market. FOUNDED  1865
ENROLLMENT  (On campus  23,000)
(At 13 Community Colleges  22,000) PRESIDENT  Dr. Otis A. Singletary VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION 
Dr. William Matthews (UK's faculty representative
Bernie Vonderheide CONFERENCE  Southeastern
(member since founding in 1933) BAND  Varsity Director  Wm. Harry Clarke FIGHT SONG  "On, On, UofK" ARENA  Rupp Arena (23,000)
Athletics Staff
Director of Athletics  Cliff Hagan Executive Assistant  Barbara Isham Director for Academic Athletic Affairs  Bob Bradley Assistant Director of Athletics  Frank Ham Assistant Director of Athletics - Finance  Larry Ivy Assistant Director of Athletics - Women 
Sue Feamster Head Basketball Coach  Joe B. Hall Administrative Assistant 
Marta McMackin Associate Coach  Leonard Hamilton Assistant Coaches  Joe Dean, Bob Chambers, Jeff Riley
(Volunteer) Strength Coach  Pat Etcheberry Accountant  J. R. Hisle Trainer  Al Green Associate Trainer  Walt McCombs Basketball Equipment Manager Bill Keightley Sports Information Director Russell Rice Assistant Sports Information Directors 
Randy Stacy, Rena Koier Staff Assistant  Joyce Baxter Director Student Athletic Admissions  Ron Allen
Rupp Arena Staff
Director, Lexington Center  Tom Minter Rupp Arena Manager  Bill Humphrey
Rupp Arena  Home of the Wildcats
Rupp Arena affords the University of Kentucky its third basketball home in 52 years, and with its 23,000-seat capacity, brings a distinction as the nation's largest basketball facility.
An awesome structure in sight and scope, the arena is divided in two seating areas  the lower level features 10,000 fully cushioned, theater seats in block coloring of blue, red, orange and purple, offering a spectacular splash of color and an upper level of 13,000 seats on epoxy-coated metal bleachers. The latter can be visually isolated to provide a more natural setting for small shows.
Built by the City of Lexington, the Arena is named in honor of Kentucky's legendary former coach, Adolph Rupp, and is the major portion of $53 million Lexington Center complex which includes a convention-exhibition hall, a 50-store tri-level enclosed shopping mall, a luxury Hyatt Regency Hotel, and a block away, the historic 1,200 seat Lexington Opera House, which was recently renovated.
The arena is fully air-conditioned, equipped with a specially designed, high quality sound system appropriately named "Big Bertha," and complete lighting for events and colortelevision coverage. Special attention has been paid to such facilities as dressi ng rooms, service entrances and storage areas.
The Wildcats will command an exclusive dressing room 365 days a year, while other facilities include six team size and eight smaller units.
The portable basketball court, which lies on a concrete sub-flooring 118' beneath the ceiling, is 60' x 120' and is made of a light shade of northern maple trimmed in Kentucky blue. The floor was specially designed to convert from the 94' length required for college and professional basketball to the 84' length for high school by simply removing two panels.
Four 35' x 4' custom-made scoreboards are placed so spectators can see at least three of the boards from any seat in the arena.
The solid state, electronic scoreboards can be used for basketball, rodeos, wrestling, boxing, and track and field. For track and field events, they can record times to 1/100th of a second. Lighted information on the boards is color balanced for television.
Four portable goals are on hand, with the two extras for practice and emergency backup during game situations.
Access to the Arena is by High Street, and from Main-Vine, through the Mall area and up to the High Street entrance by escalators. One main concourse contains all public facilities  concessions, telephones, water fountains, rest rooms, first aid rooms and security command post.
The concourse is color-coded with the arena being divided into four quadrants for easy seat location. The colors are red, blue, amethyst and green. The concourse is at mid-level, dividing the lower seating area from the upper level bleacher seating.
7 Dr. Otis A. Singletary, the eighth president of the University of Kentucky, assumed that office in August 1969. He had previously served as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs in the University of Texas System and director of the Job Corps for the Office of Economic Opportunity.
Dr. Singletary, a native of Gulfport, Miss., holds degrees from Millsaps College and Louisiana State University.
As president of the principal institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth, Dr. Singletary is greatly concerned with the University's roleas a land-grant institution, a "people's university" accessible to all who can profit from education.
In the 12 years he has been president, the University has grown to where there are now more than 23,400 students on the Lexington campus and about 22,000 students in UK's 13 community colleges, and the University has become one of the
DR. OTIS A. SINGLETARY President, University of Kentucky
major research institutions in the country.
Great strides toward academic excellence have been made during Dr. Singletary's presidency at UK. Two professional schools  dentistry and pharmacy  have been ranked among the best in the nation. Departments such as political science, history and mathematics have gained national attention. The UK Library now ranks among the best in the Southeast, and a large portion of the world-wide research related to tobacco and health is now done at UK.
Under Dr. Singletary's guidance, strong efforts have been made to meet the needs of minority groups including the establishment of an office of vice president for minority affairs.
Recognition of his service to the University was evidenced by the UK Alumni Association which presented to Dr. Singletary its Alumni Service Award  an honor rarely bestowed upon a non-alumnus of the University.
Dr. Singletary has been actively involved in a number of professional
organizations and has served as president of the Southern Association of Land-Grant Colleges and State Universities, vice president of the American Council on Education and vice chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board.
Among his many awards and honors, he most recently received the Department of Army's Outstanding Service Medal.
He entered higher education in 1954 as a member of the history faculty at the University of Texas and twice was awarded the University Student Association's Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Singletary is the author of two books and several monographs. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Senate.
A Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, he is a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He and Mrs. Singletary, the former Gloria Walton, have three children: Bonnie, Scot and Kendall.
Athletics At Kentucky
Kentucky's athletic program, a well-balanced and ambitious activity featuring intercollegiate competition in 20 different sports, is organized under the Department of Athletics and a corporation known as the University of Kentucky Athletics Association.
The program is conducted without overemphasis orsacrifice of educational objectives and in strict compliance with the rules of the University, the Southeastern Conference and the National Collegiate Athletics Association.
A board of directors, headed by the President of the University in the capacity of chairman, maintains overall policy supervision of the athletic program.
In addition to the UK President, board officers include the Vice-President for Student Affairs as vice-chairman and Dr. W. L. Matthews in the capacity of secretary. Seventeen other members, drawn from the University faculty and the general public, also serve on the board as appointees of the president as do two student representatives.
Supervising the steady growth and balanced development of the athletic program is Director of Athletics Cliff Hagan.
The Association's Board of Directors is composed of the following:
Faculty Members Trustee Members Ex Officio Members
Dean Marion E. McKenna Frank Ramsey, Jr. Dr. Otis A. Singletary, Chairman
William B. Sturgill Dr. R. G. Zumwinkle
Jack Blanton Dr. Donald Clapp Dr. W. L. Matthews Art Gallaher Steve Lochmueller
Dr. Daniel R. Reedy Dr. N. J. Pisacano Prof. Paul Sears Dr. Charles Ellinger Prof. Charles Roland
Albert B. Chandler S. T. Roach
Alumni Members
Dr. Ralph Angelucci Thomas P. Bell
Student Members
Whayne Houghland Lynn Spoonemore
8 CLIFFORD 0. HAGAJST Athletics Director
Continued growth in practically all phases of UK athletics has been a hallmark of Cliff Hagan's seven-year reign as Wildcat athletics director, with fine attendance at football and basketball games, increased attendance at Lady Kat basketball and men's baseball, and a steady upgrading of facilities.
Recent physical improvements include a new baseball grandstand behind home plate, a new athletic learning center for the academic advisory staff, new locker rooms in the football dressing rooms and construction of a new equipment shed for track.
On the institutional side of the ledger, the University was host to both the men's and women's Southeastern Conference basketball tournaments earlier this year and will host the NCAA Mideast Regionals in 1984 and the NCAA Championship Finals in 1985.
Hagan, who has seen and overseen vast improvements in all phases of the UK athletics program since returning to his alma mater as assistant athletics director in 1972, has under his command a total of 20 sports ranging from football and men's basketball in Level I, to women's basketball in Level II, and 17 sports in Level III.
A few of the recent improvements that signify the continuing progress of UK athletics under Hagan include:
 Expansion of the football training room and addition of a beautiful players' lounge at Shively Sports Center.
 New carpeting in the stadium football offices.
 New food service equipment in the press box at Commonwealth Stadium.
 New basketball offices in Memorial Coliseum for both the men and women.
 Re-arrangement of the baseball fences and a complete revamping of the track facilities at Shively Sports Center.
The indoctrination of Hagan into the UK athletics administrative structure came in 1972, when he was named assistant to Harry C. Lancaster and given the task of implementing the Blue & White Fund for 57,600-seat Commonwealth Stadium and later for Rupp Arena. The fruits of his labors in this area have provided the additional financial support that has elevated the UK athletics program into a first class operation.
Hagan replaced Lancaster as athletics director in July, 1975; during the ensuing school year, Wildcat teams compiled one of the best records in the school's history, with the basketball Wildcats winning the National Invitational Tournament, the wrestling and rifle teams winning SEC titles and the baseball team winning the SEC Eastern Division.
The wrestling team repeated as conference champion the following year, the basketball team finished with a 26-4 record and the football team won seven of 11 regular season games and defeated North Carolina in the Peach Bowl. It was the best UK football record in 23 years and the Wildcats' first post-season appearance since the 1952 Cotton Bowl. The next year, the football team finished 10-1 (6-0 in the Southeastern Conference) and the basketball team won the NCAA championship.
With both the football and basketball teams playing to sellout crowds and drawing a big on-the-road following, Hagan has not been content, but has made Wildcat games even more enjoyable by personally designing and selecting the Wildcat Mascot, which has captured the fancy of UK fans everywhere, and by granting permission for publication of "The Cats' Pause," a unique weekly tabloid devoted strictly to UK sports.
Physical improvements during Hagan's regime as athletics director include a 110-yard Astro-Turf football practice field, modern equipment in both the Shively Sports Center and Memorial Coliseum weight rooms, open-type lockers, a new pressbox and new dugouts at the baseball field, and a revamped tennis complex with additional seating and modernized offices. He has also added a strength coach to work with all sports and funds for the popular Parcourse Fitness Trail.
Offices in Memorial Coliseum have been modernized and Hagan is looking forward to the day when he can put on the drawing board an Olympic swimming pool, a fieldhouse, and plans for the expansion of Commonwealth Stadium.
Hagan also has been an advocate of a strong scholar-athlete program, feeling "a genuine commitment to provide all the academic support and encouragement we can to help our athletes leave our campus with a college education and a deg ree."
On the personal side, Hagan received one of his highest individual honors in 1978 when he became the first University of Kentucky basketball playerto be installed in the Naismith Memorial National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
The road to that honor began at Owensboro, Kentucky, where he established athen state high school tournament record of 41 points, which was recently voted the greatest individual performance by anyone in the history of that tournament, in leading the Red Devils to victory over Lafayette in the 1949 championship game.
At UK, he played on teams that won 86 of 91 games and an NCAA championship (1951). The 1954 team, undefeated in 25 games, elected not
to participate in the national tournament.
Hagan set a dozen Southeastern Conference records and an NCAA record of 528 rebounds as a junior. He averaged 24 points a game, led the nation in rebounding, and scored a UK record of 51 points against Temple in 1954.
He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Student Government, Baptist Student Union, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and twice was selected among the top ten students in the College of Education.
After graduating from UK in 1954, Hagan served two years at Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., as a commissioned officer. He led the base to two World Wide Air Force championships and won All-Service honors both years.
During ten years with the St. Louis Hawks, he ranked high among 11 players on the league scoring charts with 12,433 points in 672 games for an 18.5 mark and was selected to play in five East-West All-Star games and was named to the NBA second All-League team twice. He hit over .790 from the free throw line seven years in a row and held the NBA record for most field goals scored in a single quarter (12).
The Hawks won the Western Division six times during Hagan's playing career there and defeated the Boston Celtics in 1958 for the world championship. Hagan was All-Pro in the NBA in 1957-62, inclusive.
He received his M.S. in education from Washington University in 1958.
In 1965, a Herbert Hoover Boys Club of America was organized in Owensboro and named the Cliff Hagan Boys Club of America.
He then joined the Dallas Chapparals as player-coach and was selected as the 1958 Texas Professional Coach of the Year. When he left Dallas, he was only 92 points shy of a regular-season career total of 15,000 points.
In 1974, he was named to the Hall of Fame Magazine's All-America second-team for the 1951-1973 period, to the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel Star's All-Time Southeastern Conference first team, and the All-Time top collegiate player in the State of Kentucky by Inside Kentucky Sports Magazine. In 1975, he was named to the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, was inducted into the UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni and was a recipient of the University of Kentucky Centennial "K" Medallion tendered by the UKAA for past athletic accomplishments, during UK's Centennial Year observance.
He is married to the former Martha Milton of Owensboro. They have four children: Mrs. Barry "Lisa" Thaxton of Lexington, Mrs. Jim "Laurie" Hill of West Liberty, and Amy and Kip, both of Lexington.
9 7
University of Kentucky Basketball Coach
Joe B. Hall begins his 11th season as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats with one of the finest career records in college basketball.
While leading the Wildcats to a 22-8 record last year, Hall upped his 10-year UK record to 227-74, an average of 22.7 wins per season, to keep ahead of the pace set by his former coach, Adolph Rupp, who averaged 21.5 victories a season over a 41-season span to become the win-ningest collegiate basketball coach of all time.
One of the finest compliments Hall has received during his coaching career came from Rupp, who died in 1977.
"A good coach," Rupp said, "is a person who can take good material and win with it. Joe has done that."
Judging from Hall's coaching honors, Rupp was as usual, right on target with his evaluation.
Hall has won such honors as Kel-logg's 1978 National "Coach of the Year," three Southeastern Conference "Coach of the Year" awards (1973, '75 and '78) in seven years, and nomination for Kodak's 1975, '76 and '78 (finalist) "Coach of the Year" awards.
In 1978 when Kentucky won its fifth NCAA title, Hall was also presented the Rupp Cup (presented to the SEC Coach of the Year by the Birmingham Tipoff Club) and Hall's most coveted personal award, the Dr. James Nais-mith "Peachbasket" award, which previously had been awarded to UCLA's John Wooden, Oklahoma State's Hank Iba, Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and the Boston Celtics' Red Auerbach.
The 1978 champions, which had a 30-2 record, became the sixth Wildcat team to win 30 or more games, joining such illustrious company as the 1947 NIT runner-up (34-3), the 1948 Olympic Champions (36-3), the 1949 NCAA champions (32-2), the 1951 NCAA champions (32-2), and the 1966 NCAA runner-up (32-2).
Player honors during Hall's UK reign include five Ail-Americans (Kevin Grevey, Jack Givens, Rick Robey, Kyle Macy and Sam Bowie) selected a total of 10 times, and seven All-Southeastern Conference honorees (Jim Andrews, Kevin Grevey, Jack Givens, Rick Robey, Kyle Macy, Sam Bowie and Derrick Hord) selected a total of 15 times. In addition, Robey and Macy earned Gold Medals in the Pan-American Games, and Bowie earned a medal for being a member of the 1980 Olympic Basketball Team that did not participate in Moscow.
Entering the 1982-83 season, Hall's 16-year career coaching record stands at 303-130 (excluding a 17-2 record on a 1974 Australian tour, a 7-0 record on a 1978 Japan tour, an 8-0 record on a 1982 tour of the Orient, and seven pre-season exhibition wins against foreign and domestic teams) and teams in a conference that fast is becoming recognized as among the toughest in the nation. Broken down, it shows a 57-50 five-year mark at Regis, a 19-6 record at Central Missouri, and a 227-74 record at UK.
Hall began his tour as UK head coach in rather auspicious fashion, becoming in 1973 the first rookie coach in the SEC to be designated Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches and by Coach and Athlete Magazine.
Gathering such honors has been one of Hall's trademarks during a coaching career that began at Shep-herdsville (Ky.) High School in 1956 and continued through Regis College and Central Missouri State College before he returned to UK July 1,1965, as an assistant to his former coach, Adolph Rupp.
During Hall's two years at Shep-herdsville, the Rams won a Mid-Kentucky conference title and he was named "Coach of the Year" in 1958. He then served one year as freshman coach and five years as head basketball coach at Regis College in Denver, Colo., where he was also athletic di-rectorand earned special r