2010 Hall of Fame Ceremony Open to the Public

Aug. 16, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Big Blue fans across the Commonwealth will have a chance to honor the six outstanding student-athletes and coaches that make up the 2010 University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame class.

The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Friday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. ET at the Marriott Griffin Gate hotel. Tickets are $100 a person, while supplies last, and include entrance into the reception at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:45 p.m.

For more ticket information, please contact Leslie Bray by phone at (859) 257-2589 or by e-mail at leslie.bray@uky.edu. All ticket orders should be placed by Sept. 6, as dinner seats are limited.

The Kentucky family will induct six distinguished guests, including former men’s basketball legends Mike Casey (1968-69, 71), Bill Lickert (1959-61) and Tayshaun Prince (1999-2002), men’s golf star Steve Flesch (1987-90), rifle superstar Nancy Napolski Johnson (1993-1996) and track and field great Dr. Valerie McGover Young (1988-91).

The complete biographies for each Hall of Fame inductee are below:

Mike Casey, Men’s Basketball, 1968-69, 71


Three-time first-team All-SEC (1968, 1969 and 1971) … Finished his career with 1,535 points, ranking 13th all-time on UK’s illustrious list of top scorers … Averaged 17.0 points or more in all three seasons with the Wildcats, including a team-high 20.0 in his first year on the varsity team …. Former guard led team in assists during the 1968-69 season with 129 assists … Pinpoint shooter, leading the team in field-goal percentage (.489) and free-throw percentage (.823) during the 1967-68 season … Helped UK win three SEC championships and an Elite Eight appearance … Also earned Academic All-America and All-SEC honors in 1971 … Named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 1966 … Drafted in the eighth round (130th overall) in the 1970 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.

Steve Flesch, Men’s Golf, 1987-90

Ranks in the all-time top 40 golfers in the PGA Tour career-earnings list … Has won more than $17 million as a professional … Has four PGA victories, the 2003 HP Classic of New Orleans, the 2004 Bank of America Colonial, the 2007 Reno-Tahoe Open and the 2007 Turning Stone Resort Championship … Turned pro in 1990 on the Nationwide Tour … Won the Nike Tour Championship in 1997, earning exempt status on the PGA Tour in 1998 … In 2001, ranked second behind Tiger Woods in top-10 finishes with 13 … Played at UK from 1986-87 through 1989-90 … One of three UK medalists in Johnny Owens Invitational history … Two-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Named to the state of Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame.

Nancy Napolski Johnson, Rifle, 1993-96


UK All-American and Olympic gold-medal winner for the United States … Captured the individual national championship in air rifle in 1994 … Three-time first-team All-American (1994, 1995 and 1996) in air rifle …  Led team to three consecutive third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships from 1994-96 … Continued competitive shooting after her collegiate career … Won the gold medal in women’s 10-meter air rifle in the 2000 Olympics … Won a gold medal at several other international events.

Bill Lickert, Men’s Basketball, 1959-61


Three-time, first-team All-SEC selection, including a second-team All-America selection by the Helms Foundation in 1961 … Ranks 47th on Kentucky’s all-time scoring list with 1,076 points … Named to the 1961 NCAA All-Region Team … Led team in scoring during the 1959-60 and 1960-61 seasons, averaging 14.4 points per game in his junior year and 16.0 in his senior campaign … Finished career with a 14.7 scoring average … Was also UK’s leader in field-goal percentage in 1959-60 (.401) and 1960-61 (.420) … Named the SEC “Sophomore of the Year” following the 1959 season … Team advanced to two NCAA Tournaments during his three years … Drafted in the fifth round (No. 45 overall) of the 1961 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Valerie McGovern Young, Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track, 1988-91


Won three individual national championships in the 5,000-meter run … Leader of the 1988 cross country team that won the NCAA national championship … UK’s top performer at the 1988 national meet, finishing second individually … Eight-time All-American in cross country and track … Won eight individual SEC championships, including cross country, 3,000-meter indoor, 5,000-meter indoor (twice), 3,000-meter outdoor (twice) and 5,000-meter outdoor (twice) … Still holds five UK track records: 3,000-, 5,000- and 10,000-meter outdoor and the 3,000- and 5,000-meter indoor.

Tayshaun Prince, Men’s Basketball, 1999-2002
 

Two-time Associated Press All-American, garnering second-team honors in 2001 and third-team honors in 2002 … Named the SEC Player of the Year in the 2000-01 season by both the AP and the league’s coaches … Three-time All-SEC selection (2000, 2001 and 2002) … Ranks eighth on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,775 points … Third on UK’s all-time 3-point field goals made list with 204 … Helped lead the Wildcats to three Sweet 16 appearances (1999, 2001 and 2002) and an Elite Eight (1999) appearance … Drafted in the first round (23rd overall) in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons … Helped lead Detroit to the 2004 NBA Championship … Named to the NBA’s 2005 All-Defensive second team … Member of the 2008 gold-medal Olympic team.