COVINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2013) – Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall will be honored in his native Cynthiana when a new U.S. 27 bridge is dedicated in his name – the Joe B. Hall Bridge – on Friday, Aug. 23.
Hall spent 13 seasons as the men’s head coach at Kentucky, succeeding Adolph Rupp, for whom he had been both a player and assistant coach. Hall’s Kentucky teams were 297-100 over his career, winning the 1978 NCAA championship and reaching the NCAA Final Four on two other occasions – 1975 and 1984. They also won eight Southeastern Conference regular season championships, the 1984 SEC Tournament championship and 1976 National Invitation Tournament championship.
Hall retired after the 1984-85 season with a career record of 373-156, which included the head coaching jobs at Regis University and Central Missouri State University. He was National Coach of the Year in 1978 and SEC Coach of the Year on four different occasions.