From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Haskins, Clem S.

(born: 1943  -  died: ) 

Clem Haskins was born in Campbellsville, KY. The 6'3" Haskins was the first African American student at Taylor County High School and led the school's basketball team to the state tournament. He attended college at Western Kentucky University, where he also played basketball and was named All-American three years running. His team went to the NCAA tournament in 1966. Haskins went on to play in the NBA; he was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1966 draft. At the end of his professional basketball career, he returned to Western Kentucky University in 1977 and became the school's first African American head basketball coach in 1980. In 1986 he became the head coach at the University of Minnesota, leaving the school in the wake of academic scandal in 1999. He is author of Clem Haskins: Breaking Barriers. Haskins is the brother of Merion Haskins and the husband of Yevette Haskins. For more see Western Kentucky University 1991 Hall of Fame Inductees; and Who's Who Among African Americans, 1992-2006.

See photo image and additional information about Clem Haskins at ESPN website article by D. O'Neil, "Clem Haskins at home away from hoops on his Kentucky farm."

Access Interview Read about the Clem Haskins oral history interview available at the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, item record in the SPOKE Database.


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NKAA Entry: Haskins, Merion
NKAA Entry: Haskins, Harriet Yevette Penick
NKAA Source: Clem Haskins : breaking barriers
NKAA Source: Who's who among African Americans

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