Joe B. Hall

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Joe B. Hall
Joe B. Hall.jpg
Hall in October 2016
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Record 297–100
Biographical details
Born (1928-11-30) November 30, 1928 (age 89)
Cynthiana, Kentucky
Playing career
1948–1949 Kentucky
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1959–1964 Regis
1964–1965 Central Missouri
1965–1972 Kentucky (asst.)
1972–1985 Kentucky
Head coaching record
Overall 373–156
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball championship (1978)
Regional Championships – Final Four (1975, 1978, 1984)
SEC regular season championships (1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982–1984)
SEC Tournament championship (1984)
National Coach of the Year (1978)
SEC Coach of the Year (1973, 1975, 1978, 1983)
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2012

Joe Beasman Hall (born November 30, 1928) was the head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky from 1972 to 1985. He previously coached at Central Missouri State University and Regis University before returning to UK in 1965 to serve as an assistant coach under Adolph Rupp.

Hall was given a difficult task—to follow in the footsteps of his legendary predecessor, Adolph Rupp. In the 1978 NCAA Tournament, he coached the Wildcats to their fifth NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. He was named National Coach of the Year in 1978 and Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year on four different occasions. His record at UK was 297–100, and 373–156 over his career.

Along with the 1978 title, Hall also guided Kentucky to a runner-up finish to UCLA in the 1975 NCAA tournament (which included an upset of heavily favored and previously undefeated Indiana in a regional final), a Final Four appearance in the 1984 NCAA Tournament (losing to eventual champion Georgetown), and an NIT championship in 1976. He won 8 Southeastern Conference regular season championships and one Southeastern Conference tournament championship.

Hall played one year of varsity basketball at Kentucky before transferring to the University of the South (Sewanee), where he completed his basketball playing eligibility but did not graduate. After Sewanee, Hall toured with the Harlem Globetrotters and later returned to Kentucky to complete his undergraduate studies. Hall graduated from Kentucky in 1955.

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, the University of Kentucky unveiled a statue of Hall outside of the Wildcat Coal Lodge to commemorate his accomplishments at UK and his contributions toward the Wildcat Coal Lodge. The university says the bronze sculpture was produced over a period of eight months, beginning as a clay sculpture, then was cast in bronze. It was created by sculptor J. Brett Grill of Columbia, Mo.

Hall co-hosted a radio sports talk show with former University of Louisville basketball head coach Denny Crum from March 2004 to October 2014. The Joe B. and Denny Show ended on October 30, 2014 after WVLK-FM, the Lexington station from which Hall did his portion of the show, announced a change in format.[1]

College record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference) (1972–1985)
1972–73 Kentucky 20–8 14–4 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1973–74 Kentucky 13–13 9–9 T–4th
1974–75 Kentucky 26–5 15–3 T–1st NCAA Runner-up
1975–76 Kentucky 20–10 11–7 T–4th NIT Champion
1976–77 Kentucky 26–4 16–2 T–1st NCAA Elite Eight
1977–78 Kentucky 30–2 16–2 1st NCAA Champion
1978–79 Kentucky 19–12 10–8 6th NIT First Round
1979–80 Kentucky 29–6 15–3 1st NCAA Sweet 16
1980–81 Kentucky 22–6 15–3 2nd NCAA Second Round
1981–82 Kentucky 22–8 13–5 T–1st NCAA First Round
1982–83 Kentucky 23–8 13–5 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1983–84 Kentucky 29–5 14–4 1st NCAA Final Four
1984–85 Kentucky 18–13 11–7 T–3rd NCAA Sweet 16
Kentucky: 297–100 172–62
Total: 297–100

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Story, Mark (October 30, 2014). "For Joe B. and Denny, a bittersweet end to their radio days". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 

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