2008 KAHF Inductees Gallery
The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
took pleasure in welcoming its 2008 inductees.
These Gallery entries representing each inductee are presented by the Hall
of Fame Board,
Kosair Charities and Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies,
corporate sponsor of KAHF,
to honor the inductees' individual, varied and unique
and their contributions to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
then is the Class of '08, inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
on April 30, 2008, during a banquet
at The Galt House Hotel & Suites, Louisville, KY.
Inductees are in alphabetical order, and the text accompanying each photo
is from that honoree's engraved plaque, which hangs in the grand hallway of
Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center.
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William S. Farish
Owner of Lane’s End Farm. United
States Ambassador to Great Britain; Eclipse Award winner; owned or bred
multiple graded-stakes winners; has raced more than 140 stakes winners and
bred more than 250 stakes winners, including the 2003 Horse of the Year,
Mineshaft; the 1992 Horse of the Year, A.P. Indy; 1999 Horse of the Year,
Charismatic, and Champion, Lemon Drop Kid; first breeder since A.J.
Alexander in 1980 to breed or co-breed two horses (Charismatic and Lemon
Drop Kid) who combined to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the
Belmont in the same year; 1992 and 1999 Eclipse Award winner as the year’s
All-SEC and second-team All-American linebacker at the University of Kentucky,
where he played from 1969 to 1971. DeSales graduate (All-State) who lives in
Lexington. Played 10 or more years in the NFL and is in the New Orleans Saints
Hall of Fame. Also was a referee in the SEC. Federspiel had the bad luck to be
the best player on some very bad teams which went 7-25 during his tenure. He was
named to UK’s All-Century team in a 1990 vote by the state newspapers.
From Owensboro, was
inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in the summer of 2007. He
was an All-American offensive back at Kentucky State University in the
1930s. He could play three positions (QB, HB, FB) and was the star of
Kentucky State’s undefeated mythical “black national championship team.”
Coached high school football in Harlan and Owensboro, and ran summer
recreational programs in Owensboro inspiring the city to name a park for
Western Kentucky University;
All-American, two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and 1993
inductee into the school’s Hall of Fame; played nine seasons for the NFL’s
Cleveland Browns; went on to coach for six NFL teams, including the San
Diego Chargers, whom he helped lead to the 1995 Super Bowl.
University of Kentucky
basketball All-SEC, All-American, led team to 1993 Final Four; sixth
all-time leading scorer in UK history; helped restore UK basketball
following probation; NBA career: (1st round draft pick by the Dallas
Mavericks); 11 seasons in NBA; career scoring average of 19 ppg; one of only
six players since 1970 to have averaged at least 20 points per game in his
final NBA season.
Head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky from 1997 to 2007,
coached Wildcats to 1998 NCAA Championship. His teams won five SEC regular
season championships and have five SEC tournament titles. His 2002-03 team
won 26 straight games and was undefeated in SEC play, both regular season
and tournament. Smith that year swept all 10 major Coach of the Year awards.
Highlands HS, Western Kentucky University. State’s all-time leading scorer
for boys and girls (4,948 points); Miss Basketball, national Gatorade High
School Player of the Year, 1996; ranked number one, including the Associated
Press and The Courier-Journal; AP Kentucky Female Athlete of the Year in
1996; Sports Illustrated Athlete of the Month, February 1996; Four years at
Western, All-Sun Belt in 2000, played in three NCAA tournaments.
Honorary Inductee. Known as “Mr. Kentucky High School Sports,” he has worked
full-time for The Courier-Journal in Louisville for 41 years, including the
final 38 as lead high school sports reporter. A graduate of the University
of Kentucky, White spent four months at the Cynthiana (Ky.) Democrat and a
couple of years at the Cleveland (Tenn.) Daily Banner before making his way
to the C-J. He is a member of the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame and the
Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, along with the Metro Area Athletic
Directors Association Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Baseball Coaches Hall of
Fame. In 1991, White was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the
National High School Coaches Association.
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