KAHF Inductees Gallery

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame took pleasure in welcoming previous year inductees.
These Gallery entries representing each inductee are presented
by the Hall of Fame Board and Kosair Charities
to honor the inductees' individual, varied and unique accomplishments
and their contributions to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Looking back, year by year, back from the Class of 2011 and including the Class of 2004,
this is an archive of those inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.
Our first archived group presented here is the KAHF Class of 2011,
honored before a
banquet crowd of some 360 people on
 Wednesday evening, June 8, 2011, at Louisville’s Crowne Plaza hotel.  

Inductees are in alphabetical order, and the text  from each recognition plaque is included. 



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Rex Chapman
 Rex Chapman was one of the most electrifying basketball players in the history of the commonwealth. He played two years at the University of Kentucky and had a 12 year NBA career. Chapman was recruited by all the major colleges, but decided on UK over UL, although he had grown up a Cardinals fan. In December 1986, at Freedom Hall, Chapman hit Louisville for 26 points, including 5 of 8 3-pointers. In 1998 Chapman became the first draft choice ever by the expansion Charlotte Hornets. During his pro career, Rex averaged 14.6 points and 2.7 assists.




Bunny Daugherty
Bunny Daugherty was a pioneer in promoting female athletics in Kentucky. The Sacred Heart Academy coach and administrator was more than just a coach. She was instrumental in promoting equality for female athletes across Kentucky long before Title IX became law, in her 49 years, Daugherty coached basketball for 40 years, field hockey and volleyball for 37, track, golf and tennis for 25 and gymnastics and swimming for 10 years. She won 13 state titles in basketball, golf, tennis and field hockey.




Artis Gilmore
In 1970, 7’2" Artis Gilmore led Jacksonville to the NCAA championship game. He averaged 22.3 points and 22.7 rebounds. He signed to play for the ABA Kentucky Colonels and was named the Rookie of the Year and the League’s MVP. In 1975 he led the Kentucky Colonels to the ABA Basketball World Championship. When the ABA folded in 1976, the Chicago Bulls held his rights, where he played for five years. He also played for San Antonio, Toronto and Boston. In 19 years, he scored 24,941 points and grabbed 16,330 rebounds.

Ed Kallay
The ultimate sports fan. In three decades as a Louisville TV and radio personality, Ed Kallay, or ‘Uncle Ed," was truly a jack-of-all-trades. He served as WAVE-TV and radio sports director. He was the first television sports broadcaster in the state of Kentucky in 1948 when he signed with WAVE. During his career, he did play-by-play for Louisville Colonels baseball, University of Louisville football and basketball, ABA Kentucky Colonels basketball, Louisville Blades ice hockey and the annual Male-Manual football games.


Jerry May
Jerry May suffered a hip injury while attending Valley High School. He was so fascinated by his treatment, he became interested in sports medicine. He attended Morehead State for one year then returned to the University of Louisville and was hired as an assistant trainer. In 1978, May became the head athletic trainer. During his 30 year career, May was honored with several national awards. In 1978, Jerry was instrumental in getting an athletic training practice act passed by the Kentucky legislature.





Phil Roof
For more than 50 years, Phil roof experienced every aspect of baseball. His early days in the 1950s were at Paducah St. Johns High School. Two days after graduation, he inked his first contract with the Milwaukee Braves for $35,000. In 1977, he retired after 15 years as a major league catcher. He spent more than 30 years as a coach and manager at various levels. He was a coach with the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, and Chicago Cubs. Phil spent 15 seasons as a minor league manager for the Minnesota Twins.


George Tinsley
At Kentucky Wesleyan, Tinsley helped the panthers reach the championship game of the NCAA’s Division II Tournament all four years, winning the title in 1966, ’68 and ’69, and finishing as the runner-up in ’67. He was named All American in 1968 and ’69. He was named to the NCAA Division II’s 50th anniversary team, along with such players as Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe. Tinsley was drafted by professional basketball’s Oakland Oaks of the ABA in 1969 and played four seasons with the Oaks, Washington Capitals, Miami Floridians, Kentucky Colonels and the New York Nets.






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