List of University of Kentucky alumni

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


Notable alumni

NameYears attendedInterest
Sam AbellNational Geographic photographer.
George AkinScientist on the Manhattan Project.
Percival BakerMember of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in 1921.
Wendell BerryPoet, essayist and farmer.
Steve BeshearCurrent Governor of Kentucky.
Mark BergerWorld renowned economist.
Sarah Gibson BlandingFirst female president of Vassar College.
Joe BlantonCurrently a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies; member of the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies, winner of Game 4 of the 2008 World Series.
Robert A. BryanM.A., Ph.D.President of the University of Florida, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida.
Hillary CanadaB.A.Journalist for Dow Jones & Company
Albert B. "Ben" ChandlerFormer U.S. Representative from Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District.
Albert B. "Happy" ChandlerHe was Governor of Kentucky, a U.S. Senator from Kentucky, a Commissioner of Major League Baseball who integrated Major League Baseball, and has been inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Emily CoxMiss Kentucky 2008.
Brady J. DeatonChancellor of the University of Missouri
Nick DimengoEditor for Maxim Magazine.
James Patrick Dunnesongwriter, recording artist, composer, film and television producer, entrepreneur, and president of Inspire
Leonard S. EcholsHe was an American politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives.
Edward A. EckenhoffM.A. in EducationFounder and president of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Keith FeltnerFounder of First Flix,and Trinity Investment Group, parent company of Bay Breeze Carwash and Lube, Bay Breeze Express Wash, AutoBrite Chemicals, The Carwash People, Frost Shield, entrepreneur.
Ernie FletcherFormer Governor of Kentucky.
Betty Jane Gorin-SmithB.A. and M.A.Historian.
Kim Yong-ikM.A.Author.
James Michael GuilerA doctor who has been accused in civil suits [2] of unnecessarily branding the uteruses of several women while performing their hysterectomies. The letters "UK" — referring to his alma mater [3] — were allegedly used to show orientation during the laparoscopic procedures. As of 2008, there have been no trials or settlements.
Carol Martin "Bill" GattonA businessman and major contributor to the university. The College of Business and Economics was named after him.
Jenny Hansen13-time All-American gymnast, who continues to hold every individual gymnastics record in UK school history; also selected as the "NCAA 25th Anniversary Most Outstanding Gymnast".
Tom HammondAmerican sportscaster.
Elizabeth HardwickAmerican writer.
Gordon HendersonDirector of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band.
W. James HostFounder of Host Communications.
Andy JacksonUniversity of Florida men's tennis coach
Ashley JuddActress. Also a noted celebrity fan of the Wildcats (men's) basketball team.
Larry KelleyKentucky prosecutor, former Lee and later Ballard County Attorney, imposter, disbarred attorney and identity thief.
William English KirwanChancellor of the University System of Maryland. Son of former university president A. D. Kirwan.
Glenn KotcheA percussionist and composer, best known as drummer for Chicago rock band Wilco. He was named the 41st greatest drummer of all time by Gigwise in 2008.
John E. LelandDirector of the University of Dayton Research Institute.
William Lipscomb1976 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Ken LucasFormer U.S. representative from Kentucky's fourth congressional district.
Mitch McConnellU.S. Senator from Kentucky, current Senate Minority Leader.
Russ MobleyA theatre arts graduate and a former state representative from Taylor and Adair counties.
Read Morgan1950–1952Actor (The Deputy); Wildcats basketball player.
Hugh M. Milton IIUnited States Under Secretary of the Army from 1958 to 1961.
Thomas Hunt MorganNatural scientist and winner of the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Thomas Volney Munsongraduated 1870Horticulturalist.
Story MusgraveAn astronaut.
Richard RoBardsJournalist in Campbellsville
Harry Dean StantonActor. Known for playing Roman Grant on Big Love.
Edwin O. Ware, Sr.Baptist clergyman and principal founder of Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana.
Paul E. PattonA two term governor of Kentucky.
Beverly PerdueFormer governor of North Carolina.
Jean RitchieFolk musician, singer, and songwriter who plays the Appalachian dulcimer, and is from Perry County, Kentucky.
Elizabeth Madox RobertsKentucky poet and novelist.
Don RosaEisner Award winning writer/artist of Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comic books.
Warren RosenthalFormer CEO of Jerrico, the original parent company of Denny's, Long John Silver's, and Fazoli's.
John T. ScopesA defendant in the Scopes Trial.
Elvis Jacob Stahr Jr.1932-36Secretary of the Army under President John F. Kennedy, President of Indiana University and West Virginia University, and President of The National Audubon Society.
Ted StricklandFormer Governor of Ohio.
Chris SullivanFounder of Outback Steakhouse.
M. E. HartPlayed role as “MC Double Def DP” in the Software Publishers Association video, Don’t Copy That Floppy.
Tom Jefferson TerralGovernor of Arkansas from 1925 to 1927.
Dr. Janey ThorntonDeputy Undersecretary of Agriculture in the Obama Administration.
Lee T. Todd, Jr.The former president of the University of Kentucky, inventor, entrepreneur.
Rudy VaughnMusician, Singer-songwriter
Frank VogelCurrent interim head coach for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA.
Brandon WebbCurrently a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ed WhitfieldU.S. Representative from Kentucky's First Congressional District
Cecil Williams1947–1950Journalist and business writer in Louisiana
Michael YorkPulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting

Sports alumni

Basketball alumni

NameYears attendedInterest
Derek Anderson1994-97[b 1]Former NBA player (2005-06 NBA champion).
Kelenna Azubuike2002-05NBA Cleveland Cavaliers player.
Scotty BaeslerFormer U.S. Representative from Kentucky.
Eric Bledsoe2009–10One of five lottery picks from UK in the 2010 NBA Draft and current player for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Keith Bogans1999–2003NBA Brooklyn Nets player.
Sam Bowie1979-84[b 2]2nd pick in 1984 NBA Draft (ahead of Michael Jordan).
Dwane CaseyFormer Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach.
Rex Chapman1986-88Former NBA player and first-ever draft choice in Hornets franchise history.
DeMarcus Cousins2009–10One of five lottery picks from UK in the 2010 NBA Draft and current player for the Sacramento Kings.[1]
Joe Crawford2004–2008NBA New York Knicks player.

2nd round draft; pick 58th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Erik Daniels2000-04NBDL Fayetteville Patriots player.
Anthony Davis2011–12Consensus men's college player of the year in 2011–12; now in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets.
Tony Delk1992-96NBA Detroit Pistons player.
Victoria Dunlap2007–11WNBA player with the Washington Mystics.
Richie Farmer1988-92Never played professional basketball; Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, 2003–2011.
Gerald Fitch2000-04TBL Galatasaray Cafe Crown player.
Fabulous FiveN/A1948 Olympic basketball gold medalists.
Travis Ford1990-94[b 3]Oklahoma State University men's basketball head coach.
Jack Givens1974-781978 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Kevin Grevey1972-75Former NBA player.
Josh Harrellson2008-11NBA player for the Houston Rockets
Chuck Hayes2001-05NBA player with the Sacramento Kings.
Dan Issel1966-70All-time leading men's scorer and former Denver Nuggets head coach.
Terrence Jones2010-12The 18th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and current player for the Houston Rockets
Enes Kanter2010-11[b 4]The 3rd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and current player for the Utah Jazz.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist2011-12The 2nd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and current player for the Charlotte Bobcats
Doron Lamb2010-12NBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks
Brandon Knight2010-11The 8th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and current player for the Detroit Pistons.
Kyle Macy1976-79[b 5]Former Morehead State University men's basketball head coach.
Jamaal Magloire1996–2000NBA Toronto Raptors player.
Jamal Mashburn1990-93Former NBA All-Star; current ESPN basketball analyst.
Steve Masiello1996–2000Current head coach at Manhattan College.
Walter McCarty1992-96[b 6]Former NBA player; current assistant coach at the University of Louisville.
Ron Mercer1995-97Current NBA free agent who has played with 7 different teams.
Darius Miller2008-12NBA player for the New Orleans Hornets
Dirk Minniefield1979-83Former NBA player.
Nazr Mohammed1995-98NBA Oklahoma City Thunder player; member of the 2004-05 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.
Randolph Morris2004-07Former NBA player.
Cotton Nash1961-64Former NBA player and MLB outfielder.
Daniel Orton2009–10One of five lottery picks from UK in the 2010 NBA Draft and current player for the NBA [Orlando Magic]
Scott Padgett1994-99[b 7]ACB CB Granada player.
Patrick Patterson2007–10One of five lottery picks from UK in the 2010 NBA Draft and current player for the Houston Rockets.
John Pelphrey1988-92Current assistant at the University of Florida and former head coach at the University of Arkansas.
Mark Pope1993-96[b 8]Former NBA player. Current assistant at BYU.
Tayshaun Prince1998–2002NBA Detroit Pistons player; member of the 2003-04 NBA champion Detroit Pistons.
Frank Ramsey1950-54Seven-time NBA champion.
Pat Riley1963-67NBA Miami Heat former coach, and current team president; coached the 2005-06 NBA champion Miami Heat.
Rajon Rondo2004-06NBA Boston Celtics player; member of the 2007-08 NBA champion Boston Celtics.
Jeff Sheppard1993-98[b 9]1998 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Valerie Still1979–83Leading 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 Teague2011-12NBA player for the Chicago Bulls
Wayne Turner1995-99ANBL New Zealand Breakers player. Ended his UK career as the all-time NCAA leader in games played (record since surpassed).
Antoine Walker1994-96Retired NBA player with several teams (2005-06 NBA champion with the Miami Heat).
Kenny Walker1982-861985-86 All American and 5th pick in 1986 NBA Draft.
Bobby WatsonFormer NBA player.
Sean Woods1988-92Current head coach at Morehead State University.
John Wall2009–10The 1st pick of the 2010 NBA Draft and current player for the Washington Wizards.


  1. ^ Did not play until 1995, as he had to sit out the 1994-95 season after transferring from Ohio State.
  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 alumni

NameYears attendedInterest
Glenn HoltNFL Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver.
Derek AbneyNFL Former Chicago Bears wide receiver.
George BlandaAmerican Football League MVP, 1961, two-time AFL champ, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Neal BrownTexas Tech Red Raiders offensive coordinator
Shane BoydFormer Arizona Cardinals quarterback.
Vincent "Sweet Pea" BurnsNFL Former Indianapolis Colts defensive end.
Jerry Claiborne1946–1950Former head football coach.
Randall Cobb2008–11Current wide receiver and return specialist with the Green Bay Packers. Also the first person born in the 1990s to play in the NFL.
Tim Couch1996–1999Former Cleveland Browns & Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback.
Dermontti DawsonFormer NFL offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers. To be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Mark HiggsFormer NFL running back.
Dennis JohnsonFormer San Francisco 49ers defensive end. Currently participating with the Lexington Horsemen.
Don KingFormer NFL defensive tackle.
Jared LorenzenFormer New York Giants quarterback.
Marlon McCreeFormer San Diego Chargers, current Denver Broncos safety.
Rick NuzumFormer NFL center.
Babe ParilliThree-time American Football League all-star and 1968 Super Bowl champ.
Joe "Joker" Phillips1981–85Former wide receiver for the Washington Redskins and the CFL's Toronto Argonauts; former UK head coach.
Artose PinnerFormer Minnesota Vikings running back.
Dewayne RobertsonFormer New York Jets, formerDenver Broncos defensive tackle.
Howard SchnellenbergerRetired football coach, most recently with Florida Atlantic. Also a former head coach of the NFL's Baltimore Colts, and of Miami, Louisville, and Oklahoma in the college ranks.
Art StillFormer Kansas City Chiefs player and 4-time Pro Bowler. Older brother of Valerie Still (see basketball alumni).
Jeff Van NoteFormer Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman and 6-time Pro Bowler.
Moe WilliamsFormer Minnesota Vikings running back.
Craig Yeast1995–1998Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver.

Baseball alumni

NameYears attendedPlaying highlights
Joe Blantonpitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, pitched in the 2008 World Series winning Phillies.
Andy Greencurrently with the New York Mets, former player of the Arizona Diamondbacks
Jason Kipnissecond baseman for the Cleveland Indians
Jim Leyritzformer Major League Baseball player, most notably for the New York Yankees.
Brandon Webbpitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2006 National League Cy Young Award winner.


Soccer alumni


  1. ^ "DeMarcus Amir Cousins". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  2. ^ [1]