Joe B. Hall

Joe B. Hall (1928-2022)

Teams coached: Regis Rangers, Central Missouri Mules, Kentucky Wildcats
Regis record^: 57-50 (.533)
Central Missouri record^: 19-6 (.760)
Kentucky record: 297-100 (.748)
Overall record^: 373-156 (.705)

Career Accomplishments:


  • SEC Coach of the Year:  4  (1973, 1975, 1978, 1983)
  • National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 2012)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1972-1985 Kentucky
1965-1972 Kentucky (asst)
1964-1965 Central Missouri
1959-1964 Regis

Joe B. Hall Facts

  • Joe Beasman Hall
  • Born November 30, 1928
  • Died January 15, 2022
  • Hometown: Cynthiana, Kentucky
  • Alma Mater: University of Kentucky (BA, 1955)
  • Played one year at UK under legendary head coach Adolph Rupp before finishing his college career at the University of the South; returned to UK to graduate in 1955
  • Started his coaching career in 1959, spending five years as the head coach at Regis University in Denver
  • After one year as head coach at Central Missouri State, Hall returned to UK and spent seven years as one of Rupp’s assistants
  • Took over as the Wildcats head coach in 1972 following Rupp’s retirement, leading the program for the next 13 years
  • Paired up with former Louisville head coach Denny Crum to co-host a radio show titled The Joe B. and Denny Show on up to 21 stations across the state of Kentucky from 2004 through 2014
  • Every year since 2012, has awarded the Joe B. Hall Award to the nation’s top first-year Division I head coach
  • Hall was embraced by UK coach John Calipari and was often seen at Wildcats practices; Hall passed away in January 2022 at age 93
  • Along with his late wife, Katharine, has three children

Joe B. Hall Coaching Tree

  • Dwane Casey (Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors)
  • Joe Dean Jr. (UCF, Birmingham Southern)
  • Boyd Grant (Colorado State, Fresno State)
  • Leonard Hamilton (Florida State, Washington Wizards, Miami FL, Oklahoma State)
  • Jim Hatfield (Hardin-Simmons, Mississippi State, Louisiana)
  • Lake Kelly (Austin Peay)
  • Kyle Macy (Morehead State)
  • Lynn Nance (Washington, Saint Mary’s, Central Missouri, Iowa State)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels