The 2017 Class of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

03/06/2017 06:31 PM

Kosair Charities and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame have officially released the 2017 class of inductees. Featuring eight historic figures in the Kentucky Athletics, each member will be honored with a bronze plaque at the induction ceremony on June 1. The ceremony will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, and tickets to the event will go on sale in April.

The 2017 class of inductees are:

* Swag Hartel

* Kenny Klein

* Dennis Lampley

* Marion Miley

* Mike Battaglia

* Howard Beth

* Rodger Bird

* Rob Bromley

Swag Hartel was born in England, but became well known in the state of Kentucky after a successful running career. He was a star runner at WKU, and also won the Kentucky Derby Festival Mini-Marathon.

Kenny Klein is the long-time Senior Associate Athletic Director and Sports Information Director for the University of Louisville. He is also a member of the Sollege Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame.

Dennis Lampley is a high school football legend in the bluegrass. Lampley worked his way up from assistant coach to head coach of the Trinity High School football program. He compiled a 138-21 record as a head coach, winning five state titles in the process.

Marion Miley was one of the best female golfers in the country in the late 1930’s. She was tragically murdered at the age of 27, but is still remembered as a pioneer for women’s athletics.

Mike Battaglia is one of the best-known voices in thoroughbred horse racing. He has called races for multiple tracks across Kentucky, including 19 Kentucky Derbies.

Howard Beth is one of two high school girl’s basketball coaches in the state’s history to pass 700 wins in his career. He led Marshall Co. to two state championships and 19 trips to the Sweet 16.

Roger Bird was a high school All-American football player at Corbin High School, and played college ball at the University of Kentucky. After also earning an All-American title in college, he was drafted to the Oakland Raiders.

Rob Bromley has been the face of WKYT sports for many years. Bromley has over 40 years of sports broadcasting experience, and was also responsible for color commentary, and play by play for the UK Television Network.


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