Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Joe B. Hall, November 27, 1991

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Childhood in Cynthiana, Kentucky and early interest in sports

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Joe B. Hall on November the 27th, 1991.

Segment Synopsis: Joe B. Hall talks about his childhood in Cynthiana, Kentucky including his parents' professions, his interest in the outdoors, and how Boy Scouts led to his interest in basketball. He talks about the facilities in Cynthiana and his coach Kelly "Pop" Stanfield.

Keywords: Basketball courts; Boy Scouts; City halls; Community; Cynthiana (Ky.); Dry cleaners; Equipment; Fathers; Fishing; Florists; Gymnasiums; Kelly "Pop" Stanfield; Locker rooms; Massachusetts; Miami (Fla.); Mothers; Outdoors; Quarterbacks; Sales; Sheriffs; Team captains

Subjects: Basketball; Basketball coaches--Kentucky; Basketball players--Kentucky; Basketball--Coaching; Childhood; Families.; Football players.; Football.

00:06:13 - Race relations in high school sports

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Partial Transcript: Alright now, tell me about, uh--

Segment Synopsis: Hall briefly mentions the friendships across racial lines between basketball players in Cynthiana, Kentucky despite the segregated schools.

Keywords: Athletes; Banneker High School; Cynthiana (Ky.); Friendships; Relationships; Social life

Subjects: African American basketball players; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; African Americans--Sports; Basketball; Basketball players--Kentucky; Childhood; Race discrimination.; United States--Race relations.

00:07:34 - College education

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Partial Transcript: Oh, we want to get back to that in a minute but, uh, where did you go to college?

Segment Synopsis: Hall talks about beginning his college education at the University of Kentucky before transferring to Sewanee: The University of the South. He then returned to UK to complete his degree, then received his master's degree from Colorado State College. He talks about the theories and principles he learned from the UK physical education faculty.

Keywords: Coaching philosophy; Master's degrees; Physical education; Scholar athletes; Soccer; Teaching

Subjects: College environment; College majors; College students.; College teachers.; Colorado State College; Sewanee: The University of the South; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky

00:11:19 - Beginning his coaching career at Shepherdsville, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Okay, why'd you choose to coach, Joe?

Segment Synopsis: Hall talks about his brief career in industry before finding a coaching position at Shepherdsville, Kentucky. He talks about his salary and working several side jobs at the same time. He talks about changes and progress in high school sports over time.

Keywords: Bernheim Forest; Careers; Changes; Costs; Crowds; Football coaches; High schools; Industry; Jobs; Profits; Progress; Salary; School bus drivers; School consolidation; Shepherdsville (Ky.); Six-man football; Sports; Teaching; Turnout

Subjects: Basketball; Basketball coaches--Kentucky; Basketball players--Kentucky; Basketball--Coaching; Football players.; Football.

00:18:05 - Coaches' discipline when he was in high school

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Partial Transcript: Let's re--excuse me.

Segment Synopsis: Hall talks about the specific rules his high school basketball coach placed on his players and how Hall's parents helped the coach enforce those rules.

Keywords: Curfews; Discipline; Drinking alcohol; Fathers; Fundamentals; Health; High schools; Kelly "Pop" Stanfield; Parents; Parties; Punishments; Rules; Smoking; Sports

Subjects: Basketball; Basketball coaches--Kentucky; Basketball players--Kentucky; Basketball--Coaching

00:23:05 - More on coaching the Shepherdsville basketball team

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Partial Transcript: Joe, where did you coach in addition to Shepherdsville?

Segment Synopsis: Hall briefly talks about his coaching record at Shepherdsville, Kentucky and mentions that the team was racially integrated when he arrived.

Keywords: Coaching records; Integration; James Ray Jones; Rankings; Shepherdsville (Ky.)

Subjects: African American basketball players; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; African Americans--Sports; Basketball; Basketball coaches--Kentucky; Basketball players--Kentucky; Basketball--Coaching; Race discrimination.; United States--Race relations.

00:24:30 - Coaching at Regis College

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Partial Transcript: Let's go to Regis College now.

Segment Synopsis: Hall talks about the connections that led to him becoming assistant coach at Regis College [now called Regis University], and then head coach and athletic director. He talks about their opponents and his coaching record.

Keywords: Advancement; Assistant coaches; Athletic directors; Connections; Denver (Colo.); Division 1 basketball; Harvey Moore; Head coaches; National Catholic tournaments; Opponents; Opportunity; Problems; Regis College; Regis University

Subjects: Basketball; Basketball coaches; Basketball players; Basketball--Coaching; College environment; College students.; Universities and colleges

00:27:30 - African American players / Responsibility to his players as a coach

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Partial Transcript: Now at Regis you, you had a number of Black players.

Segment Synopsis: Hall talks about some of the African American players on his teams. He talks about how he felt a sense of responsibility to his players and their parents to take care of them while they were in college and to ensure their success. He briefly mentions his attitude regarding winning as well as his opinion of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

Keywords: Academics; Accomplishments; Advisors; Attitudes; Central Missouri State College; Discipline; Dunbar High School; Family; Father figures; Integration; Jobs; Kentucky High School Athletic Association; Losses; Opportunity; Recruiting; Recruitment; Regis College; Regis University; Responsibilities; Tutoring; University of Central Missouri; University of Kentucky; Winning

Subjects: African American basketball players; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; African Americans--Sports; Basketball; Basketball coaches; Basketball players; Basketball--Coaching; College environment; College students.; Race discrimination.; United States--Race relations.; Universities and colleges

00:36:38 - Recruitment tactics

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Partial Transcript: Now, recruiting becomes a very important part of a college coach responsibility.

Segment Synopsis: Hall talks about his recruiting tactics as a college basketball coach and the differences between recruiting at Regis College versus University of Kentucky.

Keywords: Alumni; Alumnus; Benefits; Contacts; Facilities; Opportunities; Parents; Promises; Recruiters; Recruiting; Recruitment; Recruitment practices; Regis College; Regis University; Responsibility; Sales; Selling; Skills; Success; Tactics; Talent; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Basketball; Basketball coaches; Basketball players; Basketball--Coaching; College athletes; College athletes--Recruiting; College choice; College environment; College sports--Scouting; College students.; Universities and colleges

00:43:10 - Influence of integration on sports

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Partial Transcript: Uh, let's talk for a minute about the effects of integration on high school athletics.

Segment Synopsis: Hall talks about how integration has changed athletics.

Keywords: African American athletes; Athletic ability; Black athletes; High school athletics; Improvement; Influence; Integration; Quality; Standards

Subjects: African American basketball players; African Americans--Segregation; African Americans--Social conditions.; African Americans--Sports; Basketball; Basketball coaches; Basketball players; Basketball--Coaching; Race discrimination.; United States--Race relations.

00:45:02 - "No pass, no play" rule and discipline in schools

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Partial Transcript: Joe, would you favor a "no pass, no play" rule for high school athletes?

Segment Synopsis: Hall gives his opinion on requiring certain grades in order for high school athletes to be allowed to play. He talks about how sports and other extracurricular activities benefit students. He talks about general discipline in schools and tells a humorous story about disciplining the students when he was a school bus driver.

Keywords: "No pass, no play" rule; Athletes; Cheating; Corporal punishment; Development; Discipline; Educational tools; Extracurricular activities; Grades; Kavanaugh School; Leadership; Learning; Leverage; Life lessons; Motivation; Rhoda C. Kavanaugh; School bus drivers; Schools; Spanking; Teachers; Teaching; Unfairness

Subjects: Basketball; Basketball coaches; Basketball players; Basketball--Coaching; Education

00:54:15 - Coach Adolph Rupp

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Partial Transcript: I'd like you to recall now some of your, uh, experiences with some of the great persons you've known who have been coaching.

Segment Synopsis: Hall talks about Adolph Rupp as a coach, as well as his personality and his relationships with his players.

Keywords: Assistant coaches; Attitudes; Coaching styles; Discipline; Fans; Idols; Personality; Practices; Relationships

Subjects: Basketball; Basketball coaches--Kentucky; Basketball players--Kentucky; Basketball--Coaching; Rupp, Adolph, 1901-1977; University of Kentucky

00:59:00 - Great high school coaches and players

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Partial Transcript: Could you reflect on some of the great high school coaches that you've observed?

Segment Synopsis: Hall names some of the great high school coaches from around Kentucky over the years. He talks about the tradition of basketball in Kentucky. He names some of the great high school basketball players in Kentucky.

Keywords: African American coaches; Articles; Attitudes; Coaching styles; Community; Discipline; Entertainment; Full court press; High school dormitories; High schools; Kelly "Pop" Stanfield; Kentucky High School Basketball Preview; Kyle Macy; Magazines; Opportunity; Personality; Playing styles; Social life; Stances; Traditions; Trends

Subjects: Basketball; Basketball coaches--Kentucky; Basketball players--Kentucky; Basketball--Coaching; Football coaches; Football.

01:13:38 - A story about recruiting

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Partial Transcript: Joe, uh, there's a story that you were telling me that's not on the tape.

Segment Synopsis: Hall tells a story about recruiting in Mississippi where the high school coach was married to one of the girls on the basketball team and where girls' basketball was more popular than the boys' team. He briefly mentions being attacked by some other children during his childhood.

Keywords: African American children; Attacks; Childhood; Crowds; Girls' basketball; Marriage; Mississippi; Race relations; Recruiters; Recruiting; Recruitment; Recruitment practices; Taping ankles

Subjects: Basketball; Basketball coaches; Basketball players; Basketball--Coaching; College athletes; College athletes--Recruiting; College choice; College environment; College sports--Scouting; College students.; Universities and colleges

01:17:17 - Overview of Joe B. Hall's career

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Partial Transcript: We have had an opportunity to review some of--some further information on Joe Hall.

Segment Synopsis: The interviewer gives a brief overview of Joe B. Hall's life and career. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Accomplishments; Assistant coaches; Awards; Biographies; Central Missouri State College; Class presidents; Dave Kindred; Football players; Head coaches; Regis College; Regis University; Shepherdsville (Ky.); University of Central Missouri; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Basketball; Basketball coaches--Kentucky; Basketball players--Kentucky; Basketball--Coaching; Universities and colleges; University of Kentucky