Former coach Joe B. Hall to be honored at SEC Tourney in Nashville

Joe B. Hall
Joe B. Hall

Former head basketball coach Joe B. Hall will represent Kentucky at the 2010 Basketball Tournament in Nashville this week as the Wildcats’ Basketball Legend.  Hall will be among 12 former SEC coaches and players to be honored as “Legends of SEC Basketball,” sponsored by Chick-fil-A, a program that began in 1999.  The former Adolph Rupp assistant coached three teams to the Final Four (1975, ‘78 and ‘84) and won the 1978 Championship, the school’s fifth title and first in 20 seasons. As the head coach, Hall won National Coach of the Year honors in 1978 and four Coach of the Year awards. He saw 23 players drafted during his 13-year tenure, five in the first round and he had seven players win All-America honors 11 times and nine Wildcats were voted All-SEC on 18 occasions. His record at was 297 – 100, a 74.8 winning percentage. He coached the Wildcats to 10 berths and reaching the Final Four three times, the Elite Eight six times and the Sweet 16 seven times in his 13 year career. Also, his 1976 team won the NIT title.