LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Former Kentucky basketball pioneer Reggie Warford passed away at the age of 67. Wildcats head coach John Calipari tweeted the news on Thursday morning. Warford was the first black player to play for four years at UK, and graduate.

A Drakesboro native, Warford was a four-year player under the late Joe B. Hall from 1972-76, playing in 50 games during his career. “I know how much Reggie meant to Kentucky & how he inspired others,” Calipari said in his tweet. Warford starred at Drakesboro High.

Warford was only the second Black player in Kentucky basketball history, coming in after Tom Payne paved the way prior. Back in 2019, Warford was inducted into the KHSAA Hall of Fame. He was once the head coach at Muhlenberg County High, where he coached his sons Grant and Tyler.

One of Warford’s most notable moments came in 1976, helping UK beat UNC-Charlotte in the NIT title game with a 14-point performance.

He also had coaching stints at the college level, as an assistant at Pittsburgh, where he and Calipari worked together, Iowa State, and Long Beach State.