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Former UK Great Dicky Beal Sets Example for Covington Kids

This article appears courtesy of RCN partner KY Forward.

Dicky Beal, a University of Kentucky basketball standout, remains a Covington hometown success story nearly 30 years after leaving UK.

The former point guard and Holmes High School grad was part of the 1984 Final Four team and a NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player. From 1980 to 1984, Beal represented Northern Kentucky’s contribution to the Big Blue Nation as the Cats went 96-24 during his tenure. One of the nation’s top point guards of his time, Beal was drafted in 1984 by the Atlanta Hawks, but his basketball career soon ended. A nagging knee injury kept him off the court.

Since then, Beal has carved out professional positions for himself. Before returning to Northern Kentucky a few years ago, he lived in Lexington, then Louisville, where he spent eight years as pharmaceutical sales rep for Merck.

About eight months ago, a bad economy led him to sell his Independence-based insurance agency. He’s now between jobs but is looking for work in sales or management.

Though looking for new work, Beal remains upbeat about his future.

“It was virtually impossible with this economy to start an insurance agency. There were people in the business for 20 years who said it was the toughest time to be an agent,” said Beal, who lives in Wilder. “I would love to get into medical sales again; that would be my dream. But I would also love to manage a sales team or office, anything like that.”

Read the full story at: KY Forward

PHOTO: UK Special Collections Library