List of University of Kentucky alumni

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This is a list of notable people associated with the University of Kentucky in the United States.

Notable alumni (non-sports)[edit]

Academia and research[edit]

Name Years attended/ degree received Notability Reference
Ronald Akers PhD 1966 Professor Emeritus of Criminology at the University of Florida [1]
Diogenes Allen BA 1954 Professor of Philosophy at Princeton Theological Seminary; Rhodes Scholar [2]
W. David Arnett BS 1961 Regents Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Arizona [3]
Robert A. Baker BA 1948, MA 1949 Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky; UFO skeptic [4]
William M. Bass MS 1956 Professor of Forensic Anthropology at the University of Tennessee [5]
George Billman PhD 1980 Professor of physiology at The Ohio State University [6]
Charles E. Bishop MS 1948 Chancellor of the University of Maryland, College Park, President of the University of Arkansas, Chancellor of the University of Houston System [7]
Sarah Gibson Blanding BA 1923 First female president of Vassar College [8]
Amy L. Bondurant BA 1973 Former U.S. Ambassador to the OECD [9]
M. Christopher Brown II MS 1994 President of Alcorn State University and Kentucky State University [10]
Robert A. Bryan MA 1951, PhD 1956 President of the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, and University of South Florida [11]
Francisco Xavier Castellanos R 1991 Director of Research at the New York University Child Research Center [12]
Lois Mai Chan PhD 1980 Professor of Library Science at the University of Kentucky [13]
Dale T. Chapman BS President of Lewis and Clark Community College [14]
Philip B. Coulter 1961–1962 (did not graduate) Professor Emeritus of Political Science and former Dean at the University of New Orleans [15]
Matt Cutts BS 1995 Software engineer [16]
Paul W. Davenport PhD 1980 Professor of Physiology at the University of Florida [17]
Mark E. Davis BS 1977, MS 1978, PhD 1981 Professor of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology [18]
Brady J. Deaton BS 1966, MA 1968 Chancellor of the University of Missouri [19]
Peter Dendle BA 1990, MA 1993 Professor of English at Penn State Mont Alto [20]
Robert Denhardt PhD 1968 Professor of Public Policy at the University of Southern California [21]
Vijay K. Dhir PhD 1972 Former Dean of the University of California, Los Angeles Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science [22]
Joseph T. DiPiro PharmD 1981 Dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy [23]
C. Kenneth Dodd Jr. BS 1971 Herpetologist and conservationist [24]
Charles M. Dollar MA 1963, PhD 1966 Electronic records program manager at the National Archives and Records Administration and Professor at the University of British Columbia [25]
Herman Lee Donovan BS 1914, LLD 1933 Former President of the University of Kentucky [26]
Michael Dorff PhD 1997 Mathematician at Brigham Young University, President of the Mathematical Association of America, and Founder of the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics [27]
Ronald Enroth MA 1963, PhD 1967 Professor of Sociology at Westmont College [28]
Bradlee L. Heckmann BS 2009 Neuroimmunologist and cell biologist [29]
A. D. Kirwan AB 1926 Former President of the University of Kentucky [30]
William English Kirwan AB 1960 Chancellor of the University System of Maryland [31]
John E. Leland PhD 1994 Director of the University of Dayton Research Institute [32]
Helen Matthews Lewis PhD 1970 Sociologist, historian, and activist [33]
William Lipscomb BS 1941 1976 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry [34]
Anne Hazen McFarland, M.D. Physician and medical journal editor [35]
Thomas Hunt Morgan BS 1886 Natural scientist and winner of the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [36]
Thomas Volney Munson BS 1870, MS 1893, DSc 1906 Horticulturalist [37]
Lee T. Todd Jr. BS 1968 Former president of the University of Kentucky; inventor; entrepreneur [38]
Nancy Tomes BA 1974 Author and eminent historian of public health; recipient of the Bancroft Prize in 2017; Distinguished Professor, Stony Brook University [39]

Business[edit]

Name Years attended/ degree received Notability Reference
Don Ball Received honorary degrees in 2016 Founder of Ball Homes [40]
Wendell Cherry BA 1957, LLB 1959 Founder of Humana [41]
Joe Craft BS 1972, JD 1976 CEO of Alliance Resource Partners, a large coal producer, and philanthropist [42]
Carol Martin "Bill" Gatton BS 1954 Businessman and major contributor to the university; namesake of College of Business and Economics [43]
Rodney McMullen BS 1981, MS 1982 CEO of The Kroger Company [44]
Chris T. Sullivan BS 1972 Founder of Outback Steakhouse [45]

Entertainment[edit]

Name Years attended/ degree received Notability Reference
Adunni Ade BS 2008 Actress and model [46]
Ramsey Carpenter BA 2013 Miss Kentucky 2014 [47]
Leticia Cline BS 2000 Model [48]
Wes Cowan MA Auctioneer and appraiser for Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives [49]
Joseph David-Jones (did not graduate) Actor [50]
Clark Janell Davis BA 2018 Miss Kentucky 2015 [51]
Jenna Day BA 2014 Miss Kentucky 2013 [52]
Jimmy Dunne BA 1977 Songwriter, recording artist, composer, film and television producer, and entrepreneur [53][54]
Chris Easterly BA 1998 Screenwriter [55]
Miss Elizabeth BA WWF and WCW professional wrestling manager, wife of Randy Savage [56]
Richard Bunger Evans (did not graduate) Composer and pianist [57]
Ashley Judd BA 2007 Actress; celebrity fan of the Wildcats (men's) basketball team [58]
Glenn Kotche BM 1994 Percussionist and composer, best known as drummer for Chicago rock band Wilco; named the 41st greatest drummer of all time by Gigwise in 2008 [59]
Jean Ritchie AB 1946 Folk musician, singer, and songwriter who plays the Appalachian dulcimer [60]
Reshma Shetty MM, 2003 Singer, actress, Royal Pains [61]
Harry Dean Stanton Actor known for playing Roman Grant on Big Love
Kristine Sutherland Actress, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Rudy Vaughn BM 2003 Musician, singer-songwriter [62]
Sullivan Canaday White BA 1988 Theater producer, director, and educator [63]

Government, law, and public policy[edit]

Note: Individuals who belong in multiple sections appear in the first relevant section.

Governors[edit]

Name Years attended/ degree received Notability Reference
J. C. W. Beckham 1889 Former Governor of Kentucky [64]
Steve Beshear BA 1966, JD 1968 Former Governor of Kentucky
Ned Breathitt BS 1948, LLB 1950 Former Governor of Kentucky [65]
John Y. Brown Jr. BA 1957, LLB 1960 Former Governor of Kentucky [66]
Julian Carroll BA 1954, LLB 1956 Former Governor of Kentucky [67]
Albert B. "Happy" Chandler LLB 1924, LLD 1936 Governor of Kentucky, U.S. Senator from Kentucky, Commissioner of Major League Baseball responsible for integration and was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame [68]
Earle Clements AB 1917 Former Governor of Kentucky [69]
Martha Layne Collins BS 1959 Former Governor of Kentucky [70]
Bert Combs LLB 1937 Former Governor of Kentucky, Former Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [71]
Milton C. Elstner BA 1872
JD ?
Three-time United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana under five presidents [72]
William J. Fields Former Governor of Kentucky, Former Representative from Kentucky's 9th congressional district [73]
Ernie Fletcher BS 1974, MD 1984 Former Governor of Kentucky, former Representative from Kentucky's 6th congressional district [74]
Wendell Ford 1942–1943 (did not graduate) Former Governor of Kentucky, Former Senator from Kentucky [75]
Keen Johnson BA 1922 Former Governor of Kentucky [76]
Paul E. Patton BS 1959 Two-term Governor of Kentucky [77]
Beverly Perdue BA 1969 Former Governor of North Carolina [78]
James G. Scrugham BME 1900, ME 1906 Former Governor of Nevada, Former Senator from Nevada, Former Representative from Nevada's at-large congressional district [79]
Augustus Owsley Stanley 1886–1888 (did not graduate) Former Governor of Kentucky, Former Senator from Kentucky, Former Representative from Kentucky's 2nd congressional district [80]
Ted Strickland MA 1966, PhD 1980 Former Governor of Ohio [81]
Tom Jefferson Terral 1905–1906 (did not graduate) Governor of Arkansas, 1925–1927 [82]
Wallace Wilkinson 1960–1962 (did not graduate) Former Governor of Kentucky [83]

Members of the US Congress[edit]

Name Years attended/ degree received Notability Reference
Scotty Baesler BS 1963, JD 1966 Former U.S. Representative from Kentucky [84]
Andy Barr JD 2001 United States Representative from Kentucky's 6th Congressional District [85]
John B. Breckinridge AB 1937, LLB 1939 Former Representative from Kentucky's 6th congressional district [86]
John Y. Brown Sr. LLB 1926 Former Representative from Kentucky's At-large congressional district [87]
Albert B. "Ben" Chandler BA 1983, JD 1986 Former U.S. Representative from Kentucky's 6th congressional district [88]
Virgil Chapman 1918 Former Senator from Kentucky, former Representative from Kentucky's 6th congressional district [89]
David Grant Colson 1879–1880 (did not graduate) Former Representative from Kentucky's 11th congressional district [90]
William P. Curlin Jr. AB 1958, LLB 1962 Former Representative from Kentucky's 6th congressional district [91]
Leonard S. Echols 1894 Former U.S. Representative from West Virginia's 5th congressional district [92]
Walter Dee Huddleston BA 1949 Former Senator from Kentucky [93]
Ron Lewis BA 1969 Former U.S. representative from Kentucky's 2nd congressional district [94]
Ken Lucas BS 1955 Former U.S. representative from Kentucky's 4th congressional district [95][96]
Mitch McConnell JD 1967 U.S. Senator from Kentucky, current Senate Majority Leader [97]
Hal Rogers AB 1962, LLB 1964 United States Representative from Kentucky's 5th congressional district [98]
Eugene Siler 1922 Former Representative from Kentucky's 8th and 5th congressional districts [99]
Louise Slaughter BS 1951, MS 1953 Former United States Representative from New York's 25th congressional district [100]
Marcus A. Smith 1876 Former Senator from Arizona [101]
William A. Stanfill LLB 1912 Former Senator from Kentucky [102]
Frank Stubblefield BS 1932 Former Representative from Kentucky's 1st congressional district [103]
King Swope 1916 Former Representative from Kentucky's 8th congressional district [104]
Thomas R. Underwood 1917 Former Senator from Kentucky, former Representative from Kentucky's 6th congressional district [105]
Beverly M. Vincent Former Representative from Kentucky's 2nd congressional district [106]
John C. Watts AB 1925, LLB 1927 Former Representative from Kentucky's 6th congressional district [107]
John D. White Former Representative from Kentucky's 10th congressional district [108]
Ed Whitfield BS 1965, JD 1969 Former U.S. Representative from Kentucky's 1st congressional district [109]

US federal and state judges[edit]

Name Years attended/ degree received Notability Reference
Thomas A. Ballantine Jr. BA 1948 District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky [110]
David Bunning BA 1988, JD 1991 District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky [111]
Karen K. Caldwell JD 1980 Chief Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky [112]
Jennifer B. Coffman BA 1969, MS 1971, JD 1978 Chief Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky and District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky [113]
Bill Cunningham JD 1969 Former Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court [114]
Charles I. Dawson (did not graduate) District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky [115]
Karl Spillman Forester BA 1962, JD 1966 District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky [116]
William Gant LLB 1946 Former Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court [117]
Joseph Robert Goeke JD 1975 Senior judge for the United States Tax Court [118]
James Fleming Gordon LLB 1941 District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky [119]
Harlan Hobart Grooms LLB 1926 District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama [120]
David J. Hale JD 1992 District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky [121]
John G. Heyburn II JD 1976 District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky [122]
Joseph Martin Hood BS 1965, JD 1972 District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky [123]
Edward Huggins Johnstone JD 1949 District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky [124]
Joseph H. McKinley Jr. BS 1976 District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky [125]
John E. Miller LLB 1912 District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas [126]
Bernard Thomas Moynahan Jr. AB 1935, LLB 1938 Former District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky [127]
Scott Elgin Reed LLB 1945 District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky [128]
Samuel Murray Rosenstein AB 1928 Judge for the Customs Court and the Court of International Trade [129]
Thomas B. Russell JD 1970 District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky [130]
Gregory N. Stivers LLB 1912 District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky [131]
Gregory F. Van Tatenhove JD 1989 District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky [132]
Henry Rupert Wilhoit Jr. LLB 1960 District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky [133]
J. Craig Wright BA 1951 Former Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court [134]

Other US political and legal figures[edit]

Name Years attended/ degree received Notability Reference
Bob Babbage MA 1988 Former Secretary of State of Kentucky [135][136]
Allison Ball JD 2008 Kentucky State Treasurer [137]
Robert Benvenuti BS 1988, MPA 1991, JD 1998 Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives [138][139]
Richard Briggs MD 1978 Tennessee State Senator [140]
John Young Brown III JD 1992 Former Secretary of State of Kentucky [141]
Nick Casey BS 1974 Former Chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party [142]
Russell Coleman BA 1998, JD 2004 United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky [143]
Oscar M. Corbin Jr. BS 1940 Former Mayor of Fort Myers, Florida [144]
Will Coursey BA Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives [145]
Kelly Knight Craft (née Guilfoil) BA 1984 United States Ambassador to the United Nations and United States Ambassador to Canada [146]
Jesse Crenshaw JD 1974 Former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives [147]
Robert Damron BA, MBA Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives [148]
James J. Davidson 1883 US Representative-elect, died before taking the oath [149]
Mike Denham 1972 Former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives [150]
Bob DeWeese BS 1957 Former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives [151]
James C. Duff BA 1975 Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts [152]
Mike Duncan JD 1974 Former chairman of the Republican National Committee and current governor of the US Postal Service [153]
Robert M. Duncan Jr. JD 2003 United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky [154]
Adam Edelen Auditor of Public Accounts for Kentucky [155]
Christine A. Elder BA 1989 US Ambassador to Liberia [156]
C. B. Embry (did not graduate) Member of the Kentucky State Senate [157]
Gatewood Galbraith BA 1974, JD 1977 Activist and five-time candidate for Governor of Kentucky [158]
Sara Beth Gregory BA 2003, JD 2007 Former member of the Kentucky State Senate, former state representative; lawyer in Monticello [159]
Kerry B. Harvey JD 1982 Former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky [160]
Jerry Lundergan 1969 Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party [161][162]
Russ Mobley BA, MA Former state representative from Taylor and Adair counties [163]
Daniel Mongiardo MD 1986 Former Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky [164]
Steve Pence JD 1981 Former Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky [165]
Timothy N. Philpot BS 1974, JD 1977 Two-term State Senator of Kentucky (1991–1998), family court circuit judge (2004–present) [166]
Mary Ann Tobin BS 1963 Four-term member of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1976–1984), Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts (1984–1988) [167]
Joe Wright BS 1962 Kentucky State Senator, 1976–1992; party floor leader, 1981–1992; party nominee for U.S. Congress in 1996; businessman [168]

Journalism and literature[edit]

Name Years attended/ degree received Notability Reference
Raymond Abbott 1967–1968 (did not graduate) Whiting Award-winning Novelist
Sam Abell BA 1969 National Geographic photographer [169]
Wendell Berry BA 1956, MA 1957 Poet, essayist and farmer [170]
Maxine Cheshire 1949–1950 (did not graduate) Reporter for The Washington Post [171]
Elizabeth Gould Davis MA 1951 Author of The First Sex [172]
Charles Dickinson BA 1973 Author
Tom Hammond BS 1967 Sportscaster [173]
Elizabeth Hardwick AB 1938, MA 1939 Writer [174]
David Winfield Huddleston BA 1971 Christian author and minister [175]
Kim Yong-ik MA 1953 Author [176]
Elizabeth Madox Roberts 1900 (did not graduate) Poet and novelist [177]
Don Rosa BS 1973 Eisner Award-winning writer and artist of Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comic books [178]
Michael M. York BA 1974 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting [179][180]

Military[edit]

Name Years attended/ degree received Notability Reference
William VanMeter Alford Jr. BA, JD Chief of Staff for the United States Pacific Command [181]
John A. Dabney BA 1926 Lieutenant General, United States Army [182]
Hugh M. Milton II BS 1919, MS 1922 United States Under Secretary of the Army, 1958–1961 [183]
Elvis Jacob Stahr Jr. AB 1936 Secretary of the Army under President John F. Kennedy, President of Indiana University and West Virginia University, and President of The National Audubon Society [184]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Name Years attended/ degree received Notability Reference
Terry Adkins MFA 1979 Interdisciplinary artist and musician [185]
Joyce Hamilton Berry MA 1967, PhD 1970 Clinical psychologist [186]
Madeline McDowell Breckinridge 1890–1894 (did not graduate) Leader of the women's suffrage movement [187]
Stephen Bright BA 1971, JD 1974 President of the Southern Center for Human Rights [188]
David Horace Clift BS 1930 President of the American Library Association [189]
P. J. Conkwright BA 1928 Graphic designer and typographer [190]
Gracyn Courtright Senior Federally charged participant in the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol [191]
Brenda Cowan 1986 Lexington's first black female firefighter; died in the line of duty [192]
G. Lindsey Davis MS 1972 Methodist bishop [193]
Mary Desha (did not graduate) Founder of the Daughters of the American Revolution [194]
Edward A. Eckenhoff MA 1968 Founder and president of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. [195]
Pam Elam BA 1972, JD 1975 Feminist activist [196]
Mark P. Finlay B.Arch 1977 Architect [197]
Story Musgrave MS 1966 Astronaut [198]
OpTic Ace Professional gamer [199]
John T. Scopes BA 1924 Defendant in the Scopes Trial [200]
Yang Sung-chul PhD 1970 Political scientist, South Korean ambassador to the United States (2000–2003)[201] [202]

Sports alumni[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Name Years attended Notable for
Derek Anderson 1994–97[b 1] Former NBA player (2005–06 NBA champion)
Kelenna Azubuike 2002–2005 Former NBA Golden State Warriors player
Edrice Adebayo 2016–2017 14th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, NBA player for the Miami Heat
Eric Bledsoe 2009–2010 One of five first-round picks from UK in the 2010 NBA draft and current player for the Milwaukee Bucks
Keith Bogans 1999–2003 NBA Boston Celtics player
Devin Booker 2014–2015 NBA player for the Phoenix Suns, 2018 3 point champion
Sam Bowie 1979–1984[b 2] 2nd pick in 1984 NBA draft (ahead of Michael Jordan)
Isaiah Briscoe 2015–2017 NBA player
Ramel Bradley 2004–2008 Playing for Hapoel Holon in the Israeli Super League[203]
Dwane Casey Former Minnesota Timberwolves; current head coach for the Detroit Pistons
Rex Chapman 1986–1988 Former NBA player and first-ever draft choice in Charlotte Hornets franchise history
Bill Cofield MS 1967 Basketball coach for the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team[204]
DeMarcus Cousins 2009–2010 One of five first-round picks from UK in the 2010 NBA draft and current player for the Houston Rockets[205]
Joe Crawford 2004–2008 NBA New York Knicks player; 2nd round draft; 58th pick overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers
Louis Dampier 1965–1967 Played for the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA and the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA; scored the most points in ABA history
Erik Daniels 2000–2004 NBDL Fayetteville Patriots player
Anthony Davis 2011–2012 Consensus men's college player of the year in 2011–12; now in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers[206]
Tony Delk 1992–1996 NBA Detroit Pistons player
Victoria Dunlap 2007–2011 WNBA player with the Washington Mystics
Fabulous Five N/A 1948 Olympic basketball gold medalists
Richie Farmer 1988–1992 Never played professional basketball; former Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, 2003–2011; spent two years in federal prison for crimes committed while Commissioner of Agriculture
Gerald Fitch 2000–2004 TBL Galatasaray Cafe Crown player
Travis Ford 1990–1994[b 3] Oklahoma State University men's basketball head coach
Taylor Fowler 1948–1957 NBA Miami Heat player
De'Aaron Fox 2016–2017 5th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, NBA player for the Sacramento Kings
Jack Givens 1974–1978 1978 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Kevin Grevey 1972–1975 Former NBA player
Josh Harrellson 2008–2011 NBA player for the Detroit Pistons
Chuck Hayes 2001–2005 NBA player with the Toronto Raptors
Tyler Herro 2018–2019 13th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, NBA player for the Miami Heat
Dan Issel 1966–1970 All-time leading men's scorer and former Denver Nuggets head coach
Terrence Jones 2010–12 18th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft and current player for the Milwaukee Bucks
Enes Kanter 2010–2011[b 4] 3rd pick in the 2011 NBA draft and current player for the Boston Celtics
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 2011–2012 2nd pick in the 2012 NBA draft and current player for the Charlotte Hornets
Brandon Knight 2010–2011 8th pick in the 2011 NBA draft and current player for the Phoenix Suns
Doron Lamb 2010–2012 NBA player for the Orlando Magic
James Lee 1975-1978 Second round draft pick and former CBA player
Trey Lyles 2014–2015 NBA player for the Utah Jazz
Skal Labissiere 2015–2016 NBA player for the Sacramento Kings
Kyle Macy 1976–1979[b 5] Former Morehead State University men's basketball head coach
Jamaal Magloire 1996–2000 NBA Toronto Raptors player
Jamal Mashburn 1990–1993 Former NBA All-Star; current ESPN basketball analyst
Steve Masiello 1996–2000 Current head coach at Manhattan College
Walter McCarty 1992–1996[b 6] Former NBA player; current assistant coach at the University of Louisville
Ron Mercer 1995–1997 Current NBA free agent who has played with seven different teams
Malik Monk 2016–1917 11th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, NBA player for the Charlotte Hornets
Darius Miller 2008–2012 Former NBA player; currently playing in Germany with Brose Baskets
Dirk Minniefield 1979–1983 Former NBA player
Nazr Mohammed 1995–1998 Former NBA player; member of the 2004–05 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs
Randolph Morris 2004–2007 Former NBA player
Jamal Murray 2015–2016 7th pick in the 2016 NBA draft for the Denver Nuggets, holds the record for most consecutive games with a three pointer
Cotton Nash 1961–1964 Former NBA player and MLB outfielder
Nerlens Noel 2012–2013 6th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and current player for the Dallas Mavericks
Bernard Opper 1936–1939 All-American basketball player for the Wildcats and professional player
Daniel Orton 2009–2010 One of five first-round picks from UK in the 2010 NBA Draft
Scott Padgett 1994–1999[b 7] Former NBA and ACB player; current head coach at Samford University
Patrick Patterson 2007–2010 One of five first-round picks from UK in the 2010 NBA Draft and current player for the Oklahoma City Thunder
John Pelphrey 1988–1992 Current assistant at the University of Florida; former head coach at the University of Arkansas
Mike Phillips 1975–1978 Third Round draft pick and former Liga ACB player
Mark Pope 1993–1996[b 8] Former NBA player; current head coach at Utah Valley University
Alex Poythress 2012–2016 NBA player for the Philadelphia 76ers
Tayshaun Prince 1998–2002 NBA Memphis Grizzlies player; member of the 2003–04 NBA champion Detroit Pistons
Frank Ramsey 1950–1954 Seven-time NBA champion
Julius Randle 2013–2014 NBA player for the New York Knicks
Pat Riley 1963–1967 NBA Miami Heat former coach, and current team president; coached the 2005–06 NBA champion Miami Heat
Rick Robey 1975-1978 Third overall draft pick in 1978; played with the Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, and Phoenix Suns; member of the Celtics' 1981 NBA Championship team
Rajon Rondo 2004–2006 NBA Los Angeles player; member of the 2007–08 NBA champion Boston Celtics and 2019-20 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers
Nate Sestina Israeli Basketball Premier League player
Jeff Sheppard 1993–1998[b 9] 1998 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Valerie Still 1979–1983 Leading scorer in UK basketball history, male or female; played professionally in Europe and the ABL before briefly playing for the Washington Mystics in the WNBA; younger sister of UK football great Art Still
Marquis Teague 2011–2012 NBA player for the Brooklyn Nets
Karl-Anthony Towns 2014–2015 1st pick of the 2015 NBA draft; current player for the Minnesota Timberwolves
Wayne Turner 1995–1999 ANBL New Zealand Breakers player; ended his UK career as the all-time NCAA leader in games played (record since surpassed)
Tyler Ulis 2014–2016 Current NBA player for the Phoenix Suns
Frank Vogel BS 1998 Current head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers[207]
Antoine Walker 1994–1996 Retired NBA player with several teams (2005–06 NBA champion with the Miami Heat)
Kenny Walker 1982–1986 1985–1986 All-American and 5th pick in the 1986 NBA Draft
John Wall 2009–2010 1st pick of the 2010 NBA draft; current player for the Houston Rockets[208]
Bobby Watson Former NBA player
Derek Willis 2013–2017 NBA player
Sean Woods 1988–1992 Former head coach at Morehead State University
James Young NBA player; 2019–2020 top scorer in the Israel Basketball Premier League

Notes[edit]

  • For players who enrolled from 1954 through 1971, their actual playing career did not start until a year after they first attended. At that time, freshmen were ineligible to play at varsity level.
  1. ^ Did not play until 1995
  2. ^ Did not play in the 1981–82 or 1982–83 seasons due to injury
  3. ^ Did not play until 1991, as he had to sit out the 1990–91 season after transferring from Missouri
  4. ^ Although Kanter enrolled at Kentucky, he never played because he was declared ineligible by the NCAA due to financial benefits he had received from his former Turkish club team of Fenerbahçe Ülker.
  5. ^ Did not play until 1977, as he had to sit out the 1976–77 season after transferring from Purdue
  6. ^ Did not play in the 1992–93 season for academic reasons
  7. ^ Did not play in 1995–96 or the first half of the 1996–97 season for academic reasons
  8. ^ Did not play until 1994, as he had to sit out the 1993–94 season after transferring from Washington
  9. ^ Did not play in the 1996–97 season due to injury

Football[edit]

Name Years attended Notable for
Derek Abney NFL, former Chicago Bears wide receiver
Josh Allen 2015–2018 Current outside linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars
George Blanda American Football League MVP, 1961, two-time AFL champ, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Shane Boyd Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback
Chuck Bradley Gridiron football offensive tackle
Neal Brown Former offensive coordinator at Troy University, Texas Tech, and UK; current head coach at Troy
Vincent "Sweet Pea" Burns Former NFL Indianapolis Colts defensive end
Jerry Claiborne 1946–1950 Former head football coach
Randall Cobb 2008–2011[210] Current wide receiver and return specialist with the Green Bay Packers; first person born in the 1990s to play in the NFL
Tim Couch 1996–1999 Former Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback
Jamin Davis 2017–2020 Linebacker; drafted in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Washington Football Team
Dermontti Dawson Former NFL offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers; inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012
David De La Peralle Former CFL offensive lineman
Mark Higgs Former NFL running back
Glenn Holt NFL Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
Christian Johnson Arena Football League player
Dennis Johnson Former San Francisco 49ers defensive end; currently with the Lexington Horsemen
Don King Former NFL defensive tackle
Kelly Kirchbaum Professional football player
Jared Lorenzen Former New York Giants quarterback
Ricky Lumpkin NFL player
Tim Masthay Former punter for the Green Bay Packers; Super Bowl XLV Champion
Marlon McCree Former San Diego Chargers, current Denver Broncos safety
Rick Nuzum Former NFL center
Babe Parilli Three-time American Football League all-star and 1968 Super Bowl champ
Joker Phillips 1981–1985 Former wide receiver for the Washington Redskins and the CFL's Toronto Argonauts; former UK head coach
Artose Pinner Former Minnesota Vikings running back
Derrick Ramsey 1974–1978 Former tight end for three NFL teams; athletic director at Coppin State University, 2008–2015; Kentucky Secretary of Labor, 2015–present
Dewayne Robertson Former New York Jets, former Denver Broncos defensive tackle
Howard Schnellenberger Retired football coach, most recently with Florida Atlantic; former head coach of the NFL's Baltimore Colts, and of Miami, Louisville, and Oklahoma in the college ranks
Art Still Former Kansas City Chiefs player and 4-time Pro Bowler; older brother of Valerie Still (see basketball alumni)
Jeff Van Note Former Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman and 6-time Pro Bowler
Moe Williams Former Minnesota Vikings running back
Ken Willis Former Dallas Cowboys kicker
Earl Wilson NFL and CFL player
Craig Yeast 1995–1998 Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver

Baseball[edit]

Name Years attended Notable for
Bill Black BA 1942 Player-coach for the Wildcats[211]
Joe Blanton Former Major League Baseball pitcher; member of the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies, winner of Game 4 of the 2008 World Series
Derek Bryant 1971–1973 Outfielder for the Oakland Athletics[212]
Collin Cowgill Former Major League Baseball outfielder, 2011–2016
Greg Gibson Major League Baseball umpire
Andy Green Former Major League Baseball player with the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks, and manager of the San Diego Padres
Jason Kipnis Second baseman for the Cleveland Indians
Jim Leyritz Former Major League Baseball player, most notably for the New York Yankees
Luke Maile Catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, and formerly the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays
Randy Marsh Former Major League Baseball umpire
A. J. Reed 2011–2014 Minor League Baseball player in the Houston Astros organization; consensus NCAA Division I player of the year in 2014
Mark Thompson Former Major League Baseball pitcher
Brandon Webb Former Major League Baseball pitcher, 2006 National League Cy Young Award winner

Other[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Name Joined Left/retired Position Reference
Robert A. Baker 1969 1988 Professor Emeritus of Psychology [4]
Mark Berger 1981 2003 Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and William B. Sturgill Professor of Economics [215]
Lois Mai Chan 1970 2011 Professor of Library Sciences [13]
John Sherman Cooper 1935 1946 Member of the Board of Trustees [216]
Guy Davenport 1963 1990 Professor of English [217]
Lewis L. Walker 1908 1915 Member of the Board of Trustees [218]
Benjamin Warf 1992 2000 Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Director of Surgical Education [219]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Dr. David Arnett". Hagler Institute for Advanced Study: Class of 2015-16. Texas A&M University. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Bernstein, Adam (August 12, 2005). "Psychology Expert Robert Baker; Unmasked Ghostly Apparitions". Washington Post. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "William M. Bass III". Hall of Distinguished Alumni. UK Alumni Association. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "George E Billman biography". Frontiers Media. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "Charles E. Bishop". University of Maryland. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
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