The University of Alabama at Birmingham inducts its first class of Athletics Hall of Famers tonight. Leading the pack is former men’s basketball coach and athletic director Gene Bartow. Bartow came to UAB in 1978, after a stint at UCLA, where he worked in the shadow of legendary basketball coach John Wooden. Bartow tells WBHM intern Ian Lamb that starting a new program at UAB was a learning experience of its own.
Joining Bartow in the inaugural class of the UAB Athletics Hall of Fame are former university president S. Richardson Hill, former basketball players Wanda Hightower Jordan and Oliver Robinson, and UAB athletics supporter Jerry Young.
~ Ian Lamb, October 2, 2009.