Joe B. Hall Avenue: Shepherdsville to rename Second Street in honor of coach who got his start here

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - The name who had maybe the toughest coaching job in college basketball in 1972 will soon be honored in the city where he had his first coaching job.

Joe B. Hall was selected to replace the legendary coach Adolph Rupp at the University of Kentucky. Rupp was one of the all-time top coaches in America and didn’t particularly want to leave his job at the mandatory retirement age of 70.

But Hall followed his mentor and won one NCAA title, an NIT title and eight Southeastern Conference crowns.

Although he retired from coaching in 1985, Hall has remained a popular figure in Kentucky, including his daily talk show with former U of L standout coach Denny Crum.

But do you know where Hall got his start in coaching?

Shepherdsville mayor Sherman Tinnell believes it is important for people to realize that it was at the local high school where the legendary coach got his start.

The Shepherdsville City Council unanimously approved a motion to rename Second Street to Joe B. Hall Avenue. The old Shepherdsville High School, where Hall coached from 1956-59 was located on Second Street. It is currently the home of the Greater Bullitt County Youth Football and Cheerleading program.

Tinnell said it was important to remember Hall and he hoped to have the dedication ceremony sometime this spring with the coach present.

After his stint at Shepherdsville High School, Hall went on to Regis College and Central Missouri State before returning to UK as an assistant to Rupp in 1965.