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Joe B. Hall
American college basketball coach

Joe B. Hall

Joe B. Hall
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American college basketball coach
Was Sports coach Basketball coach
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 30 November 1928, Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky, USA
Death 15 January 2022, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA (aged 93 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
University of Kentucky
Sewanee: The University of the South
Sports Teams
Kentucky Wildcats
Sewanee Tigers men's basketball
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Joe Beasman Hall (November 30, 1928 – January 15, 2022) was an American college basketball coach. He was the head coach at the University of Kentucky from 1972 to 1985, leading the Wildcats to a national championship in 1978.


Hall played one year of varsity basketball at Kentucky before transferring to Sewanee: The University of the South, 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.

Hall previously coached at the University of Central Missouri (formerly Central Missouri State University) and Regis University before returning to Kentucky in 1965 to serve as an assistant coach under Adolph Rupp. When Rupp reached mandatory retirement age of 70, Hall was selected as the new coach on April 1, 1972. In his initial statements upon taking the job he made it clear that he would recruit black players to the team (previously there had only been three in the program's history).

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 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, a Final Four appearance in the 1984 NCAA Tournament (losing to eventual champion Georgetown), and an NIT championship in 1976. He won eight Southeastern Conference regular season championships and one Southeastern Conference tournament championship.

On 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 said that 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, Missouri. 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.


Coach Hall died at his home in Lexington, Kentucky on January 15, 2022 at the age of 93.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Regis Rangers (Independent)
1959–60 Regis 10–11
1960–61 Regis 10–10
1961–62 Regis 10–11
1962–63 Regis 15–9
1963–64 Regis 12–9
Regis: 57–50
Central Missouri State Mules (Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association)
1964–65 Central Missouri State 19–6 9–1 T–1st NCAA College Division Regional Third Place
Central Missouri State: 19–6 9–1
Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference)
1972–73 Kentucky 20–8 14–4 1st NCAA University Division Elite Eight
1973–74 Kentucky 13–13 9–9 T–4th
1974–75 Kentucky 26–5 15–3 T–1st NCAA Division I Runner-up
1975–76 Kentucky 20–10 11–7 T–4th NIT Champion
1976–77 Kentucky 26–4 16–2 T–1st NCAA Division I Elite Eight
1977–78 Kentucky 30–2 16–2 1st NCAA Division I Champion
1978–79 Kentucky 19–12 10–8 6th NIT First Round
1979–80 Kentucky 29–6 15–3 1st NCAA Division I Sweet 16
1980–81 Kentucky 22–6 15–3 2nd NCAA Division I Second Round
1981–82 Kentucky 22–8 13–5 T–1st NCAA Division I First Round
1982–83 Kentucky 23–8 13–5 1st NCAA Division I Elite Eight
1983–84 Kentucky 29–5 14–4 1st NCAA Division I Final Four
1984–85 Kentucky 18–13 11–7 T–3rd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
Kentucky: 297–100 172–62
Total: 373–156


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