Former Kentucky State University men’s basketball coach and KSU Hall of Famer William Graham was named the school’s new athletics director on Thursday.
“This is a program I’m very familiar with, and it’s one I’m a product of,” Graham said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to making a difference in our student-athletes’ lives, adding to the program, and raising the bar of expectations.”
Graham replaces William K. Head, who was the school’s director of athletics for the past year.
Graham has served three stints at KSU totaling more than 30 years. As an athlete, he was part of Kentucky State’s NAIA national championship basketball teams in 1970 and 1971. He was named captain and the team’s “Most Inspirational Player” in 1971. He was drafted by the Denver Rockets of the ABA and the Phoenix Suns of the NBA and eventually signed with the Suns.
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In 1976, Graham returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach for men’s basketball and baseball. Following his two-year coaching stint with the Thorobreds, Graham served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Alabama State until 1989.
He returned to KSU in 1989 as head coach for men’s basketball, a position he held until 1996. Following his time at the helm of the Thorobreds, he was named the assistant director of Kentucky State’s William Exum Center. In 2004, Graham was appointed the director of the center, a position he held for more than 12 years.
Graham serves on numerous boards and committees including the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches and the Kentucky State University Alumni Association.
“I’m a part of the Frankfort community and have been for a long time,” Graham said. “I think KSU is a valuable asset to this community. As we move forward, we want our programs to be more involved with the city of Frankfort.”