UK Athletics inducts six new members to Hall of Fame


Jim Andrews, Derek Bryant, Dezerea Bryant-Moore, Keenan Burton, Mike Lyden, Kelsey Nunley-Moore make up the 2022 UK Athletics Hall of Fame Class.

Cole Parke, Sports Editor

The University of Kentucky inducted six new members into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday.

The ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Lexington, just next to Rupp Arena.

Four of the six hall of famers were present to accept their inductions, while two had representatives there to accept for them.

The first inductee was former Kentucky basketball player Jim Andrews, who competed for the Wildcats from 1970-1973.

Andrews was nominated to the All-SEC First Team as a junior and senior, leading the Cats both years with 20.1 points-per-game and 12.4 rebounds-per-game as a senior and 21.5 points-per-game and 11.4 rebounds-per-game as a junior.

He is the last Wildcat to average 20 or more points-per-game and 10 rebounds-per-game in two consecutive seasons, with only four Wildcats averaging 20 or more points in two seasons in the last 50 years. His 43 double doubles rank third in all UK history.

Andrews led the Wildcats to three consecutive SEC Championships, with the squad also making three trips to the NCAA Tournament where it advanced as far as the Elite Eight.

The second inductee into the Hall of Fame was former baseball player Derek Bryant, who also competed from 1970-1973.

Bryant is a two-time All-SEC First Team honoree, finishing his career at Kentucky with a batting average of .369, reaching a career high .408 in 1971.

Beyond just his impressive performances on the field, Bryant was the first African-American baseball player for Kentucky, going on to be drafted by Oakland Athletics, who he played for until 1981.

He also went on to play and manage in the Mexican Professional League, where he is also in the hall of fame, and he continues to be an executive with Hermosillo of the Mexican Pacific League.

The next inductee was Dezerea Bryant-Moore, who competed with the womens track and field team from 2014-2015. Bryant-Moore was unable to attend the ceremony and was represented by her husband Jaylen.

Bryant-Moore is a two-time NCAA Champion in the 200-meter dash, winning the indoor event as a junior and the outdoor event as a senior, also setting the NCAA outdoor record with a time of 22.18.

She’s also a five-time NCAA medalist, nine-time All-American, 10-time SEC medalist and continues to be an active competitor, most recently winning the 2019 United States Championships in the 200-meter dash.

The fourth inductee was former football wide receiver Keenan Burton, who competed for the Cats from 2003-2007.

Burton was an impressive pass receiver and kick returner, but also won awards for his outstanding character off the field, being named to the UK Athletics Society of Character, the SEC Community Service Team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

He also led Kentucky in receiving yards as a junior and senior, being a three-time All-SEC honoree. He went on to play two years in the NFL for the St. Louis Rams before sustaining a career-ending knee injury.

The fifth inductee was the late former UK dive coach Mike Lyden, who led the program from 1993-2008. Lyden was represented by his widow Emily and daughter Jessica at the ceremony.

During his coaching career he was named 1996 NCAA Women’s Diving Coach of the Year, 12-time SEC Diving Coach of the Year, three of which came from his tenure at LSU, and led 12 Wildcats to 49 All-American selections.

Lyden also coached Taryn Ignacio in 2006 when she led Kentucky dive to its first ever national championship, setting school and former NCAA records on the platform.

He ultimately passed away in 2008 after a lengthy battle with illness, with the UK Athletics CATSPY Courage Award being named in his honor.

The final inductee was Kelsey Nunley-Moore, the most recent competitor of the inductees, who pitched for the softball program from 2013-2016.

She led the Wildcats to the 2014 Women’s College World Series, which still stands as its only appearance in the event.

Nunley-Moore was named a 2016 NFCA First-Team All-American and 2016 SEC Pitcher of the Year, still holding UK career records for appearances (171), innings pitched (943.1), ERA (1.96), wins (92) and saves (nine).

Nunley-Moore remains active in the sport, currently coaching high school softball at Soddy-Daisy High School in Tennessee, which she also attended.

The inductees are all also scheduled to be honored at halftime during Kentucky mens basketball’s Friday game against Duquesne as well as Kentucky football’s Saturday game against Vanderbilt.