Jan. 22, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Bob King, former Purdue assistant basketball coach and athletics department administrator, passed away Monday night. He was 92.
King was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.
"To this day, there are former student-athletes who openly state that Coach Bob was the difference in their life," Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said. "He coached, mentored, listened and held people accountable - all with a sense of compassion."
A native of Lebanon, Ind., King served as assistant coach from 1960 to 1974, working for Ray Eddy, George King (no relation) and Fred Schaus. Among the standouts he recruited were fellow Purdue Hall of Famers Rick Mount and Dave Schellhase.
From 1974 to 1993, King was assistant and then associate athletics director, providing guidance for hundreds of Boilermaker student-athletes as they fulfilled their academic requirements.
Away from Purdue, King held numerous top leadership positions in Indiana coaching organizations. Among them, he served as executive director of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, which he helped organize, and as president of the Indiana Collegiate Coaches Association.
King was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986.
The Purdue men's basketball team Assist Award is named in his honor, and the lower level Mackey Arena conference room is named in honor of him and his late wife, Nancy.
King enjoyed a widely varied collegiate playing career, competing in football and basketball at South Carolina, Toledo and Butler. He was the Butler basketball team captain as a senior prior to receiving both his bachelor's and master's degrees.
King coached basketball and football at Sacred Heart High School (1947-48) and Shortridge High School (1948-60) before coming to Purdue. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
King is survived by his two children, Sue and Mike.
Per the wishes of King and his family, a private service is being planned.