Joe B. Hall, former Kentucky basketball coach, gets bridge in his name in hometown of Cynthiana

CYNTHIANA, Ky. - Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall was honored in his hometown Friday when a new U.S. 27 bridge was dedicated in his name a street away from where he grew up.

The former coach was on hand to unveil the Joe B. Hall Bridge, along with other dignitaries.

State Rep. Tom McKee of Cynthiana said in a resolution that the new bridge would stand “as a monument to the bridge Coach Hall so artfully created when he took over" from legendary Adolph Rupp.

Hall’s Kentucky teams were 297-100 over his 13-year reign, winning the 1978 NCAA championship and reaching the NCAA Final Four in 1975 and 1984. They also won eight Southeastern Conference regular season championships, the 1984 SEC Tournament championship and 1976 National Invitation Tournament championship.

Hall was National Coach of the Year in 1978 and SEC Coach of the Year four times.

Hall retired after the 1984-85 season with a career record of 373-156, which included stints at Regis University and Central Missouri State.

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