Several Wildcats inducted into Lexington African American Sports Hall of Fame – UK Athletics

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 Demonty Dawson, Tyna Fogle, Jack Givens, James Lee, Mark Logan, Dirk Minifield, ST Roach, and John Shelby. More information on each recruit is listed below.

Dawson and Logan were letterwinners for the Kentucky football program, while Givens, Lee and Minifield starred for the Kentucky men’s basketball program. Fogle was a member of Kentucky’s Southeastern Conference women’s basketball championship team in 1982. Shelby is the father of three Kentucky Wildcats as his sons John Shelby III, JaVon Shelby and Jaren Shelby 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 hand-picked by LAASHOF’s founding members. Tickets for 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.

Dermonty Dawson
A Southeastern Conference guard 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 Bryan Station High School in Lexington, where he was an all-state lineman. Played guard and center at UK. He was a four-year letterman from 1984-87 and played on the Hall of Fame championship team in 1984. He was named All-SEC after his senior season and was a second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dawson achieved national recognition 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 efficiency was matched by his durability as he played in 170 game streak, the second-longest streak in Steelers history. He played in a total of 184 career games, the fifth-highest mark in team history.

Tayna Fogle
Captain of Kentucky’s 1982 Championship team, Fogle had an impressive four-year career with the Kentucky women’s basketball program. She appeared in 30 games during UK’s championship season, averaging 10.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. This season, Fogle is shooting 47 percent from the field with 55 assists and 35 steals. For her career, she played in 116 games, with her senior 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.

Jack Givens
A Lexington native who graduated from Bryan Station High School, Givens had a storied career in the Kentucky men’s basketball program. The Most Outstanding Player of the 1978 NCAA Final Four, Givens scored 41 points in the championship game to propel the Wildcats to a title. Givens was a three-time All-America honoree and an inductee into 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 field goal percentage of 51.5. Givens was drafted 16th overall in the first round of the 1978 NBA draft by Atlanta, playing two seasons in the NBA.

James Lee
A teammate of Givens on that 1978 national team, Lee had a stellar career with the Kentucky Wildcats after graduating from Henry Clay High School. An All-SEC standout as a senior, Lee played in 31 games for the championship team, scoring 350 points with 165 rebounds and 37 assists. In total, 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.

Mark Logan
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 plays, setting two bowl records for longest punt return (85 yards) as well as longest play from scrimmage (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. Overall, he totaled 2,360 yards from scrimmage with 15 touchdowns as a Wildcat. Logan was a fifth round draft pick in the 1987 NFL Draft and had a successful 10-year NFL career with Cincinnati, Miami, San Francisco and Washington.

Dirk Minifield
The 1979 Kentucky Mr. Basketball from Lafayette High School, Minifield 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 52.4 field goal percentage in 123 career games played. Minifield was selected 33rd overall in the 1983 NBA Draft by Dallas. He appeared in 222 career NBA games, averaging 5.3 points per game with 3.8 assists per game.

ST Roach
A longtime member of the UK Athletics Board of Directors, Roach was a legendary basketball coach at Lexington Dunbar, helping to integrate the game into high school in the 1950s. As a board member in 1997, Roach made the move to hire Orlando “Tubby” Smith, giving UK its first black head basketball coach.

John Shelby
Shelby is the father of John Shelby III, JaVon Shelby and Jaren Shelby, who are believed to be the only three African-American brothers to play for British 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 British Athletics
UK Athletics is a leader in college sport, 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.

About LAASHOF
The Lexington African American Sports Hall of Fame (LAASHOF, Inc., pronounced “lay-shoff”) is comprised of a group of like-minded people who believe that our local African American sports heroes deserve to be celebrated 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 of yesteryear.

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