Director of Athletics
"I've been preparing for this all my life," Cliff Hagan said just before taking over as athletics director at the University of Kentucky last July 1. "I feel I've got a clear picture of what it's all about. A year from now, I will have a clearer picture."
A few months earlier. Harry C. Lancaster had announced his intention to step down as athletics director in order that Hagan might have time to get acquainted with the duties involved before assuming the position of command.
Lancaster will remain as a special assistant to Hagan until February, 1976, when Lancaster will reach the mandatory retirement age.
Hagan's path to the athletics directorship began at Owensboro, Kentucky, where he established a then state high school tournament record of 41 points in leading Owensboro to victory over Lafayette in the championship game of the 1949 state high school tournament.
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