Herman Hale played basketball at legendary Carr Creek High School in Knott County. His 1928 Carr Creek team played in the State Championship in a historic four overtime loss to Ashland. He later went on to play basketball at Eastern Kentucky University.
Hale began coaching at Brooksville High School in the 1936-1937 season, going 10-11 his first season. In his second season, the Polar Bears broke out to a 22-2 season, losing to powerhouse Maysville in the first round of district. But it was the 1938-1939 season where Hale led the Polar Bears to a District, Region, and State Championship, finishing with 30 wins and 4 losses. The next season Brooksville finished with a 27-7 record winning a District and Region Championship.
Herman Hale ended his stint in Brooksville with 99 wins and 36 losses. He married his wife and moved to Mt. Olivet shortly after. He coached Deming in 1936, 1942-1943, and 1954-1960. He also coached at Oddville from 1949-1950 with a record of 20-32, and at Harrison County 2 seasons from 1951-1952 with a record of 25-22.
In honor of his achievements, Herman Hale was inducted into the 10th Region Basketball Hall of Fame. Herman Hale passed away.