LEXINGTON, Ky. The Lexington African-American Sports Hall of Fame (LAASHOF) will receive several new members this week, including eight former Kentucky Wildcats or those with close ties to the University of Kentucky.
Those with ties to the University of Kentucky include Dermontti Dawson, Tayna Fogle, Jack Givens, James Lee, Marc Logan, Dirk Minniefield, ST Roach, and John Shelby. More information about each induced is listed below.
Dawson and Logan were letter winners on the Kentucky football program, while Givens, Lee and Minniefield were featured on the Kentucky men’s basketball program. Fogle was a member of the Kentucky women’s basketball 1982 Southeast Conference championship team. Shelby is the father of three Kentucky Wildcats whose sons John Shelby III, JaVon Shelby and Jaren Shelby all play baseball for England. Roach was for many years a member of the UK Athletics Board.
The 2022 nominees were nominated by the public and hand-selected by LAASHOF’s founding members. Tickets to attend the event are available at officiallaashof.eventbrite.com. Those who cannot attend can support the Lexington African American Sports Hall of Fame by making a donation at http://www.laashof.com.
A Southeastern Conference guard and one of the greatest centers in National Football League history, Dawson’s story is the story of a hometown hero. He is a product of Bryan Station High School in Lexington, where he has served as a lineman in all states. He played guard and centre-back in England. He was a four-year literati from 1984-87, playing for the ’84 Hall of Fame Bowl championship team. After his senior season, he was selected to the All-SEC and was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ second-round draft pick. Dawson has garnered national acclaim throughout his 13-year professional career, all of which he spent with the Steelers from 1988-2000. He was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times between 1992-98. His effectiveness was matched by his stamina as he played in 170 consecutive games, the second longest win in the Steelers’ history. He played in a total of 184 games in his career, the fifth highest score in team history.
A captain on Kentucky’s 1982 SEC Championship team, Fogle had an impressive four-year career in the Kentucky women’s basketball program. He played in 30 games in England’s championship season and averaged 10.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, she. Fogle shot 47 percent off the field with 55 assists and 35 steals that season. For her career, she played in 116 games, her final season being a career best. Fogle was named the team’s most advanced player in 1981. She graduated from Lexington’s Lafayette High School, she.
A Lexington native who graduated from Bryan Station High School, Givens had a storybook career in the Kentucky men’s basketball program. Named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 1978, Givens scored 41 points in the championship game to bring the Wildcats to a title. Givens was a three-time All-America honoree and inaugural member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. Givens played in 123 career games for England, amassing 2,038 career points with 793 rebounds, 270 assists and a career shooting percentage of 51.5. Givens was selected 16th overall by Atlanta in the first round of the 1978 NBA Draft, playing two seasons in the NBA.
A teammate of Givens on the 1978 national championship team, Lee had a great career with the Kentucky Wildcats after graduating from Henry Clay High. An All-SEC honoree as a senior, Lee played in 31 games for the championship roster and scored 350 points with 165 rebounds and 37 assists. In his four-year career, he had 996 points, 128 assists, 589 rebounds and 54 percent shooting. Lee was selected 39th overall by Seattle in the second round of the 1978 NBA Draft.
The Logan was an electric assault gun for the Kentucky football program in the mid-1980s. As a sophomore in 1984, he rushed 84 times for 400 yards and three touchdowns and added 11 catches for 122 yards. As the MVP of the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl, Logan had two touchdowns in just five games and set two bowl records for longest hitting return (85 yards) and longest play on offense (63 yards). As a junior, he rushed for 715 yards and caught 32 passes for 314 yards. In his senior season, he rushed for 546 yards and had 155 receiving yards. All told, he had a total of 2,360 yards from offense with 15 touchdowns as the Wildcat. Logan made it to the fifth round of the 1987 NFL Draft and had a successful 10-year NFL career with Cincinnati, Miami, San Francisco and Washington.
He was a 1979 Kentucky Bay Basketball, Minniefield three-time All-SEC player from Lafayette High and the 1982 SEC Tournament MVP for Kentucky. During his four-year career, he scored 1,069 points for the Wildcats and added 156 steals and 646 assists. He had a career shooting percentage of 52.4 in his 123 career games. Minniefield was selected 33rd overall by Dallas in the 1983 NBA Draft. He averaged 5.3 points per game and 3.8 assists per game in 222 career games in the NBA.
A longtime member of the England Athletics Board, Roach was a legendary basketball coach at Lexington Dunbar who helped integrate high school play in the 1950s. In 1997, as a board member, Roach moved to hire Orlando “Tubby” Smith, giving England the first black men’s basketball head coach.
Shelby is the father of John Shelby III, JaVon Shelby and Jaren Shelby, who are believed to be three African-American brothers who played for England baseball. Shelby graduated from Henry Clay High and played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball, including World Series titles with the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers.
About UK Athletics
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Lexington African-American Sports Hall of Fame, Inc. (LAASHOF, Inc., pronounced “lait-shoff”) is a group of like-minded individuals who believe that our local African-American sports heroes deserve a ceremonial commemoration. special way. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) company that strives to elevate, unite and revitalize our community by shining a light on our sports stars from the past.