Thursday, November 30, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: November 30, 1928 - Joe B. Hall


Image from Kentucky Educational Television

From The Kentucky Encyclopedia –
Joe Beasman Hall, basketball coach, the son of Charles and Ruth (Harvey) Hall, was born on November 30, 1928, in Cynthiana, Kentucky. He played football and basketball at Cynthiana High School and attended the University of Kentucky (UK), 1947-49, on a basketball scholarship. After his sophomore season, Hall transferred to the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. He earned a B.S. at UK in 1955. He was football, baseball, and basketball coach at Shepherdsville (Kentucky) High School from 1956 to 1958. At Regis College in Denver, Colorado, where he was athletics director and baseball and basketball coach, he posted a basketball record of fifty-seven wins and fifty losses. During 1958-64 he earned an M.A. from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

After spending 1964 and 1965 as head basketball coach at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Hall returned to UK as an assistant coach in charge of recruiting. In 1972 he succeeded Adolph Rupp as head basketball coach. In his thirteen-year stint at Kentucky, Hall led the Wildcats to eight Southeastern Conference (SEC) titles, one national championship (1978), and a total of 297 wins and 100 losses. He was named SEC coach of the year in 1973, 1975, 1978, and 1983 and posted a career mark of 373-154.

Hall retired following the 1984-85 season and became vice president of correspondent banking at Central Bank in Lexington, Kentucky. He also worked as a commentator for ABC television and as a public relations representative for Converse Shoe Company, conducting basketball clinics. He enjoys hunting and fishing and owns Tuck A Way, a 160-acre thoroughbred horse farm in Harrison County . Hall married Katharine Dennis on October 27, 1951; they have three children, Judy, Katharine, and Steve.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Rice, Russell. Joe B. Hall : My Own Kentucky Home. Huntsville, Ala.: Strode, 1981. Print.
GV885.43.K4 R54, Special Collections Research Center

The University of Kentucky Basketball Scrapbook : NCAA Champions. Souvenir ed. London, Ky.: National Sports Albums, 1978. Print.
GV885.43.K4 U55 1978, Special Collections Research Center

Thurman, Tom., Robert H. Booth, Marilyn. Myers, Michael. Kelsay, Bob Edwards, and Kentucky Educational Television. Basketball in Kentucky Great Balls of Fire. Lexington, Ky.]: KET, 2002.
AV-D7721, Young Media Library

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