LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lexington African American Sports Hall of Fame (LAASHOF) will induct 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 on each inductee is listed below.
Dawson and Logan were letterwinners for the Kentucky football program, while Givens, Lee and Minniefield played for the Kentucky men’s basketball program. Fogle was a member of Kentucky’s 1982 Southeastern Conference women’s basketball championship team. Shelby is the father of three Kentucky Wildcats as his sons John Shelby III, JaVon Shelby and Jaren Shelby all played baseball for UK. Roach was a member of the UK Athletics Board of Directors for many years.
The 2022 inductees were nominated by the public and selected by LAASHOF founding members. Tickets to attend the event are available at officiallaashof.eventbrite.com. Those unable to attend can support the Lexington African American Sports Hall of Fame by donating at http://www.laashof.com.
An All-Southeastern Conference quarterback and one of the greatest centers in National Football League history, Dawson’s story is that of a hometown hero. He is a product of Lexington’s Bryan Station High School, where he was an all-state lineman. He played guard and center in Great Britain. He was a four-year letterman from 1984-87 and played on the ’84 Hall of Fame Bowl championship team. He was named All-SEC after his senior season and was a second-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dawson rose to national prominence during his 13-year pro career, all spent with the Steelers from 1988-2000. He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection from 1992-98. His effectiveness was matched by his consistency, as he played in 170 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in Steelers history. He played in 184 total games in his career, the fifth-highest mark in team history.
A captain on Kentucky’s 1982 SEC Championship team, Fogle had an impressive four-year career with the Kentucky women’s basketball program. She played in 30 games during UK’s championship season, averaging 10.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Fogle shot 47 percent from the field that season with 55 assists and 35 steals. For her career, she played in 116 games with her first season being the best of her career. Fogle was named the team’s most improved player in 1981. She graduated from Lafayette High School in Lexington.
A Lexington native who graduated from Bryan Station High School, Givens had a storybook career with the Kentucky men’s basketball program. The MVP of the 1978 NCAA Final Four, Givens scored 41 points in the championship game to power the Wildcats to a title. Givens was a three-time All-America honoree and an inaugural member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. Givens played in 123 career games for UK, scoring 2,038 career points with 793 rebounds, 270 assists and a career 51.5 field goal percentage. Givens was drafted 16th overall in the first round of the 1978 NBA Draft by Atlanta, playing two seasons in the NBA.
A teammate of Givens on that 1978 national championship team, Lee had a stellar career with the Kentucky Wildcats after graduating from Henry Clay High School. An All-SEC honoree as a senior, Lee played in 31 games for the championship team, scoring 350 points with 165 rebounds and 37 assists. All in his four-year career, he scored 996 points with 128 assists, 589 rebounds and shot 54 percent from the field. Lee was drafted 39th overall in the second round of the 1978 NBA Draft by Seattle.
Logan was an electric offensive weapon for the Kentucky football program in the mid-1980s. As a sophomore in 1984, he rushed 84 times for 400 yards and three touchdowns, adding 11 catches for 122 yards. As the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl MVP, Logan scored two touchdowns in just five games, setting two records for longest punt return (85 yards) and longest punt return (63 yards). As a junior, he rushed for 715 yards and caught 32 passes for 314 yards. His first season, he rushed for 546 yards and had 155 receiving yards. Still, he had 2,360 total yards from scrimmage with 15 touchdowns as a Wildcat. Logan went in the fifth round of the 1987 NFL Draft and had a successful 10-year NFL career with Cincinnati, Miami, San Francisco and Washington.
1979 Kentucky Mr. Basketball out of Lafayette High School, Minniefield was a three-time All-SEC performer and the 1982 SEC Tournament MVP for Kentucky. During his four-year career, he scored 1,069 points for the Wildcats, adding 646 assists with 156 steals. He had a career field goal percentage of 52.4 in 123 career games played. Minniefield was selected 33rd overall in the 1983 NBA Draft by Dallas. He played in 222 career NBA games, averaging 5.3 points per game with 3.8 assists per game.
A longtime member of the UK Athletics Board of Directors, Roach was a legendary basketball coach at Lexington Dunbar, helping to integrate the high school game in the 1950s. As a board member in 1997, Roach made the motion to hire Orlando “Tubby” Smith, giving UK its first black men’s basketball coach.
Shelby is the father of John Shelby III, JaVon Shelby and Jaren Shelby, who are believed to be the only three African-American brothers playing for UK baseball. Shelby graduated from Henry Clay High School and played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball, including World Series titles with the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers.
About UK Athletics
UK Athletics is a leader in college sports, sponsoring 23 varsity sports teams (12 women’s teams, 10 men’s teams plus the rifle team) and hundreds of student-athletes competing for championships, ensuring their education and well-being and providing opportunities for the present and the future.
Lexington African American Sports Hall of Fame, Inc. (LAASHOF, Inc., pronounced “laj-shoff”) is comprised of a group of like-minded individuals who believe that our local African American sports heroes deserve to be commemorated in a special way. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that strives to uplift, unite and revitalize our community by shining the spotlight on our sports stars from days gone by.