Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - Updated: 10:35 AM
By David Green
Howard Beth, who coached the Lady Marshals basketball team to 794 victories and two state championships in a 30-year tenure as head coach, is among the eight 2017 inductees into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.
The shrine recognizes athletes and sports figures who were born or played in Kentucky. Each inductee is recognized with a bronze plaque.
Beth, along with Mike Battaglia (thoroughbred racing), Rodger Bird (football), Rob Bromley (sportscaster), Swag Hartel (running), Kenny Klein (media), Dennis Lampley (football coach) and Marion Miley (golf), will be inducted June 1 at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville.
Beth, who retired after the 2009-2010 season, is one of two high school girls’ basketball coaches in state history to surpass the 700-win mark.
Beth’s teams made 19 trips to the Sweet 16 and he had a final mark of 794-149. His team won the state title in 1982 and ’84, with the 1984 team finishing a perfect 34-0.
Seven years after his retirement, Beth is still second on the all-time victories list for Kentucky high school girls coaches. His record stood until December when Randy Napier of Perry County Central surpassed that number.
Napier, still active with 35 seasons, now has 840 wins.
Third-place Jeff Haile of Henderson County, who moved past inactive Nell Fookes of Boone County (686) this season, has 693 wins after this season’s 28-6 record.
Tickets for the induction ceremony go on sale in April, at a cost of $100 per person or $800 for a table for eight. For information go to www.kosair.org.
Past inductees into the Hall of Fame include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Adolph Rupp, Paul Hornung, Pat Day, Denny Crum, Joe B. Hall, Secretariat, Mary T. Meagher and Johnny Unitas.