Send a happy 90th birthday card to Joe Hall

Former UK coach Joe Hall turns 90 next week. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe Hall, who led UK to a national championship in 1978, turns 90 years old on Nov. 30. He’s now in a nursing home in Lexington and former Louisville coach Denny Crum’s wife, Susan, is encouraging fans to send him birthday cards. The address is The Willows at Fritz Farm, 2710 Man ‘O War Blvd., Room 202, Lexington, KY, 40515.

Hall was an assistant coach under Adolph Rupp before taking over when he retired. He had a 297-100 record at UK and was national coach of the year in 1978.

He also got UK to the 1975 NCAA Tournament title game and a Final Four appearance in 1984. Hall won eight Southeastern Conference regular-season championships.

Kentucky also placed a statue of Hall outside the Wildcat Coal Lodge in 2012.

6 Responses

  1. He had pressure on him that wasn’t fair to him that’s for sure. Back in the day we tune our ears to listen the one and only Cawood Ledford, Lord I miss them days

  2. Cats79, I miss those days also. Joe was the last UK coach that understood the importance of this program to Kentuckians from Pikeville to Paducah.

    You are also right about the inordinate pressure that Joe had while he coached here, but he was up to the challenge, perhaps the single distinction that makes him worthy of a place in the hall of fame. No one else in this sport followed a legend and established his own admirable record of excellence.

    Happy Birthday Coach Hall.

    1. Your right professo, he represents ky well across the state and deserves be in the hall of fame. In my opinion not only he won it all in 1978 and I think the upset win over the hoosiers in the 1975 regional finals was his two best highlights of his career

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