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UK basketball coach Joe B. Hall on his farm, 1989

Posted on November 30, 2020 | in Uncategorized | by

Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall at his 160-acre Thoroughbred horse farm, called Tuck- A-Way, in Harrison County in March 1989. The photo ran with a story about the Cynthiana native being relaxed and having time to pursue things he enjoys during what was usually a hectic time of year for him when he coached. Hall coached UK from 1973-85, having the unenviable task of following the legendary Adolph Rupp. Hall, an ex-Rupp assistant, guided three UK teams to the Final Four (1975, ’78 and ’84) and won the 1978 NCAA title, giving the Cats their fifth championship. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

Hall won national coach of the year honors in 1978 and four Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year awards. During his 13 years at the helm of the Wildcats he compiled a record of 297-100 (74.8%). Against the SEC he was 172-62 (73.5%) during the regular season, winning  eight SEC titles in 13 seasons. Forty-four of Rupp’s players were drafted in the NBA during his 41 coaching years at UK. Hall saw 24 players drafted during his 13-year tenure, five in the first round. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

Hall’s son, Steve, said the family has 11 broodmares and eight yearlings; 21 other horses are boarded on the farm called Tuck- A-Way, because it’s at the end of a gravel road. “At dusk, when all the birds settle down, all the tension goes out of your body,” Joe Hall said for the 1989 story. “There’s a good feeling you get when you’re close to nature.” See more images of Coach Joe B. Hall from our archives. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

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