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Joe B. Hall
Title Head coach
College Kentucky
Sport Basketball
Team record 297-100
Born November 30, 1928 (1928-11-30) (age 81)
Place of birth Cynthiana, Kentucky, United States
Career highlights
Overall 373-156
NCAA Championship (1978)
Regional Championships - Final Four (1975, 1978, 1984)

SEC Regular Season Championship (8 times)

National Coach of the Year (1978)
SEC Coach of the Year (4 times)
Playing career
1948-1949 Kentucky
Coaching career (HC unless noted)

Central Missouri
Kentucky (asst.)

Joe Beasman Hall, better known as Joe B. Hall (born November 30, 1928 in Cynthiana, Kentucky) 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.

Coach 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 (1984).

Coach Hall is one of only four men to both play on an NCAA championship team (1949- Kentucky) and coach an NCAA championship team (1978- Kentucky). The only others to achieve this feat are Billy Donovan, Bob Knight, and Dean Smith.

Coach 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.

Coach Hall currently co-hosts a popular radio sports talk show with former University of Louisville basketball head coach Denny Crum.

College record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kentucky (SEC) (1972–1985)
1972-1973 Kentucky 20-8 14-4 1st NCAA Regional Flnals
1973-1974 Kentucky 13-13 9-9 T-4th
1974-1975 Kentucky 26-5 15-3 T-1st NCAA Runner Up
1975-1976 Kentucky 20-10 11-7 T-4th NIT Championship
1976-1977 Kentucky 26-4 16-2 T-1st NCAA Regional Finals
1977-1978 Kentucky 30-2 16-2 1st NCAA Championship
1978-1979 Kentucky 19-12 10-8 6th NIT 1st Round
1979-1980 Kentucky 29-6 15-3 1st NCAA Sweet-16
1980-1981 Kentucky 22-6 15-3 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1981-1982 Kentucky 22-8 13-5 T-1st NCAA 1st Round
1982-1983 Kentucky 23-8 13-5 1st NCAA Final-8
1983-1984 Kentucky 29-5 14-4 1st NCAA Final Four
1984-1985 Kentucky 18-13 11-7 T-3rd NCAA Sweet-16
Kentucky: 297-100 172-62
Total: 297-100

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

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Preceded by
Adolph Rupp
University of Kentucky
Head Basketball Coach

Succeeded by
Eddie Sutton


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