Coach Hall: My Life On and Off the Court [Paperback]

Joe B. Hall (Author); Marianne Walker (Other); Rick Bozich (Author)

ISBN: 9780813183756 | Published by: University Press of Kentucky | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 248p, H229 x W152 (mm) 62 b&w photos

Coach Hall


Until I was nine or ten, everyone called me Joe or Joe Hall. Then one day, my grandmother, for reasons known only to her, pulled me aside, telling me my name was "too short and too plain." She said, "Let's add your middle initial to make it more interesting. From now on, you say your name is Joe B., not just Joe. It's Joe B. Hall."

Joe B. Hall is one of only three men to both play on an NCAA championship team (1949, Kentucky) and coach an NCAA championship team (1978, Kentucky), and the only one to do so for the same school. In this riveting memoir, Hall presents intimate details about his remarkable life on and off the court. He reveals never-before-heard stories about memorable players, coaches, and friends and expresses the joys and fulfillments of his rewarding life and career. During his thirteen years as head coach at the University of Kentucky, from 1972 to 1985, Joe B. Hall led the team to 297 victories. The most memorable of these is the 1978 NCAA Men's Division Basketball Championship. This legendary coach followed in the colossal footsteps of Adolph Rupp to chart his own path to success and become one of college basketball's all-time greats and winningest coaches.

Table of Contents

Foreward Why Joe B. Hall? Hard Times The Epiphany Back to Kentucky Fishing Teenage Years Football My Early Influences and Role Models About Working Wildcats' World, 1944-1947 A UK Freshman First Practice, 1947 The Fabulous Five Sewanee My World Tour Katharine Shepherdsville Regis College Great Opportunity Adjusting to Coach Rupp's Routines More Adjusting to Coach Rupp's Routines Recruiting Beginning of the End, 1967 The Heir Apparent, 1969-1970 The Agony, 1971-1972 UK Head Coach, 1972 Australian Tour, 1974 The Avengers! 1975 John Wooden's Ploy Running the Wall About Boys Being Boys Wildcat Lodge NCAA Championship, 1978 The Georgetown Game, 1984 Life After Coaching Farewell My Thank-You Note

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