Honoring the life of Coach Joe B. Hall

Joe B. Hall leaves behind a legacy after passing away this morning at the age of 93. Cynthiana native, Joe Hall was actually a Kentucky fan before becoming a coach. He played one season under Adolph Rupp, in 1948, graduated from Kentucky in 1955 and just ten years later became Rupp’s assistant in 1965. Hall coached Kentucky from 1972 to 1985, being the first coach in Kentucky program history to play at Rupp Arena just a few years into his coaching career. Joe B. Hall would lead the Cats to their fifth national title defeating Duke 94-88 in 1978. Hall is only one of three men to play on and coach a NCAA title team, (1948, 1978) and the only one to do so for the same team. Hall had a  297-100 record at Kentucky overall. After retiring from coaching Joe B. Hall would attend Kentucky home games and at least in 2018 he was at three practices. There is a statue of Joe B. Hall in front of the Wildcat Lodge in Lexington, and a 35 foot mural of Hall on the side of the masonic lodge in Cynthiana. Joe B. Hall will truly be missed but he leaves a legendary legacy behind. Once a Wildcat, Forever a Wildcat. Rest in Peace, Coach Hall.

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