Six people with Jefferson County ties – Stan Hardin, Donna Moir, Carly Ormerod, Gene Rhodes, Jeff Lamp and Bobby Turner – will be in the Class of 2016 that will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday at the State Theatre in Elizabethtown.
The 17 honorees include 12 players (11 boys, 1 girl), along with three boys coaches and two girls coaches. The event, sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches, will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the inductees entering the reception area one by one starting at 6 p.m. The induction ceremonies will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.
When the KABC announces its Class of 2017 next March, it will have 100 selected by the 100th anniversary of the Sweet 16 tournament, which began in 1918.
Hardin, now retired, is one of five coaches to win back-to-back KHSAA state tournament titles, his Fairdale teams winning in 1990 and 1991. Hardin’s teams compiled a 395-288 record in 29 years while he coached at Fern Creek, Fairdale and Louisville Holy Cross.
The other two coaches chosen – Billy Hicks of Scott County and Randy Napier of M.C Napier and Perry County Central –are still active, and are the state’s all-time winning boys and girls basketball coaches, respectively.
Hicks has a record of 910-264 in 35 years, including stints at Evarts, Harlan and Corbin before going to Scott County. His Cardinals won the Sweet 16 in 1998 and 2007.
Napier’s teams have compiled an 840-257 record in 35 seasons. His M.C. Napier team won the girls Sweet 16 in 1994.
Pearl Combs and Moir are the other coaches being honored. Combs had a 733-387 record in 42 years coaching the boys at Vicco and Hindman. He guided Hindman to the state crown in 1943.
Moir not only played for Sacred Heart Academy’s 1976 girls Sweet 16 champions, but as a coach she guided the Valkyries to three consecutive state titles from 2002-04. Still coaching, she has a 562-234 record in 26 seasons.
Ormerod was the point guard on those three super Sacred Heart teams and went to play for the University of Kentucky four seasons.
Rhodes was the legendary Ralph Beard’s running mate at guard for Male when the Bulldogs won the state tournament in 1945. He played and coached at Western Kentucky University, coached the pro Kentucky Colonels in the old ABA and was coach of St. Xavier’s Sweet 16 champions in 1958.
Lamp led Ballard to its first state crown in 1977, scoring 43 points in the Sweet 16 final against Valley. Lamp also helped Virginia reach the NCAA’s Final Four in his senior year of college.
Turner teamed with Darrell Griffith – already a hall of famer—to give Male a powerful 1-2 punch in 1974 when the Bulldogs were runners-up to Central in the Sweet 16, and a year later when they won it all in ’75. Turner played three years for U of L
Other inductees are:
Darius Miller, who led Mason County to the state crown in 2008 and was UK’s valuable sixth man on the Wildcats’ 2012 NCAA championship squad.
Tom Thacker who led Covington Grant to a Sweet 16 berth in 1959 and played on NCAA and NBA championship teams while with the University of Cincinnati and Boston Celtics.
Hazard’s Jim Rose, who played in several Sweet 16 tournaments in the mid-1960s and was a standout on Western Kentucky’s 1971 NCAA Final Four team.
Harry Todd, Earlington, and Ralph Richardson, Russell Springs, co-Mr. Basketballs in 1958. Todd, a three-time all-state selection, later played for WKU and Richardson for Eastern Kentucky.
Dwight Smith, who led Princeton Dotson to its only Sweet 16 trip in 1963, and later starred on Western Kentucky’s NCAA tourney team in 1966.
Donnis Butcher, a Meade Memorial product who was a two-time All-American at Pikeville College and played five years with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA.
George Wilson, a two-time all-state selection who led Lexington Dunbar to runner-up honors in the 1963 Sweet 16, and later played at Kentucky State.
Rose and Smith are deceased.