Gene Keady
Gene Keady

Hometown:
Larned, Kan.

Position:
Head Coach



One of the most respected coaches in the history of college basketball, Gene Keady, who spent 27 seasons at the helm of the Purdue and Western Kentucky programs and won 550 NCAA Division I games - with more than 800 career wins at all levels. Counting his time in junior college, high school and four stints as USA Basketball head coach, his lifetime head coaching ledger is 872-360, a .708 winning percentage. Keady coached his 25th year and final season at the helm of the Purdue basketball program on March 10, 2005, ending with a 512-270 record and a .655 winning percentage

During the 2003-04 season, Keady was named one of 16 finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame. He also earned his 500th win at Purdue on Jan. 14, with a 53-51 win over No. 18 Wisconsin.

Keady became Purdue's all-time winningest coach on Dec. 6, 1997, by defeating Louisville and Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum, 87-69.

With six Big Ten championships and six national coach of the year awards (second-most by any coach), his record speaks for itself. He is the Big Ten's third-winningest coach all-time by percentage (.661) and is second in victories (262).

Keady's six national coach of the year awards came in 1984, 1988, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2000. His most recent honor came in 2000 when he was selected national coach of the year by College Sports Magazine, Basketball Weekly, Chevrolet/CBS-TV Sports, Associated Press, United Press International and Sports Illustrated. He also received the Henry Iba Award (selected by the United States Basketball Writers Association).

Keady led Purdue to six Big Ten championships (1984, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1995 and 1996) in 24 years, including three straight outright titles from 1994 to 1996. That feat has been accomplished by only one other team -- Ohio State from 1960 to 1962.

Purdue finished in the upper division of the Big Ten 18 times during Keady's tenure. The Boilermakers finished second in the league in 1983, 1990 and 1997.

He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year a record seven times (1984, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2000), tying former Indiana coach Bob Knight for the most all-time selections. Keady is the only coach to win the award three straight years.

Two of Keady's teams hold the record for most wins in a season with 29. The 1987-88 squad posted a 29-4 record, while the 1993-94 Boilermakers posted a 29-5 record.

Overall, the Boilermakers won 25 or more games six times with Keady at the helm: 29-4 (1987-88), 29-5 (1993-94), 26-6 (1995-96), 28-8 (1997-98), 25-5 (1986-87) and 25-7 (1994-95).

The Boilermakers had 20-plus wins 14 times under Keady, and posted a school-record six straight 20-win seasons between 1983 and 1988.

Keady's tally of 20-win seasons equals the most of any coach in school history. Other Purdue coaches with 20-win seasons include current head coach and Keady protégé Matt Painter (6), Fred Schaus (2), Lee Rose (2) and George King (1).

Under Keady, Purdue made 22 postseason tournament appearances in 24 years (18 times in the NCAA Tournament) and averaged 21.2 wins per season.

The Boilermakers' best performances in the "Big Dance" came in 1994 and 2000 with a pair of appearances in the Elite Eight. Purdue advanced to the Sweet 16 in 1988, 1998 and 1999.

Purdue has finished in the top 10 of the final AP poll six times under Keady: 1984 (10th); 1987 (7th); 1988 (3rd); 1990 (10th); 1994 (3rd); and 1996 (T-4th). Purdue finished 11th in 1998. In 2000, Purdue finished ranked 15th in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

A member and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Keady is one of the leading spokesmen on issues surrounding college basketball. Keady gives back to the game of basketball whenever he has a chance. He is very accommodating to the news media, performs charity work and makes numerous speaking appearances throughout the year.

Keady is also a prominent figure in United States basketball. Most recently, he was a member of Rudy Tomjanovich's coaching staff for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, helping Team USA (Dream Team) to a gold medal.

Prior to that, Keady coached the U.S. entry in the 1989 World University Games to a gold medal in West Germany. It was the United States' first championship in international competition in three years. Keady was the head coach of the United States for the 1991 Pan-American Games and led the team to a bronze medal. Keady earlier led a group of collegiate all-stars in the U.S. Olympic Developmental Program to second place in the 1985 Jones Cup in Taiwan. Keady's first international experience came in the summer of 1979. Along with three other coaches, Keady guided the National Sports Festival Team to a gold medal. He also assisted in selecting the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic squads, and was chosen by Tomjanovich to help coach the USA Basketball Senior National Team in the 1999 Americas Qualification Tournament for the 2000 Olympic Games (The Dream Team). Overall, he has helped the United States win three gold medals, a silver and a bronze, while establishing an impressive 40-2 record (.952).

Keady always has been known for getting the most out of his talent. He gets each player to believe in and perform his role, and successfully blends together the diverse talents and personalities of a team.

The Boilermakers were as equally successful in the classroom as they were on the basketball court. Nearly 90 percent of the seniors who stayed at Purdue for four seasons under Keady graduated. In Keady's tenure, Boilermakers were selected Academic All-Big Ten 35 times, including seven Academic All-America picks (Brian Walker, 1981; Keith Edmonson, 1982; Steve Reid, 1983 and 1984; Craig Riley, 1992; and Carson Cunningham, 2000 and 2001).

Keady coached the consensus national player of the year, Glenn Robinson, in 1993-94. Robinson led the nation in scoring average (30.3) and set a Purdue and Big Ten single-season scoring record (1,030 points). Overall, Keady-coached players earned All-America status three times (Robinson twice; Keith Edmonson, 1982) and first team All-Big Ten 15 times. Thirteen of Keady's players have been NBA draftees, and three were named Big Ten MVP (Robinson, 1994; Stephen Scheffler, 1990; and Jim Rowinski, 1984).

Keady was named Purdue's 17th head basketball coach on April 11, 1980.

Keady came to Purdue after a two-year stint as head coach at Western Kentucky, where he led the Hilltoppers to a 38-19 record. They were co-champions of the Ohio Valley Conference his second season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to taking the reins at Western Kentucky, Keady was an assistant coach at Arkansas from 1975 to 1978. He helped Eddie Sutton mold the Razorback program into one of the nation's best. In doing so, Keady earned his reputation as a tireless recruiter by proving instrumental in Arkansas' recruiting its famous "Triplets" of Ron Brewer, Marvin Delph and Sidney Moncrief. Arkansas went 94-24 in Keady's four seasons as an assistant and finished third in the NCAA Tournament in his final campaign.

From 1966 to 1974, Keady coached at Hutchinson (Kansas) Junior College. He was an assistant the first season before taking over as head coach for the 1966-67 season.

Hutchinson won six league titles and qualified for six national tournaments under Keady, including a second-place showing and a 29-4 overall record in 1972-73. Keady was named junior college coach of the year in Region Six in 1971, 1972 and 1973. Before going to Hutchinson, Keady began his head coaching career in Beloit, Kan., at Beloit High School from 1959 to 1965, where he compiled a 102-47 record.

Keady attended Garden City (Kansas) Junior College, where he was a four-sport star, including an All-American as a football quarterback. He then went on to Kansas State, where he played baseball, football and ran track while earning a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and physical education. He played briefly for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1958 before joining the coaching ranks at Beloit High. Keady earned his master's degree in education from Kansas State in 1964. He is enshrined in the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach, and in the Kansas Hall of Fame as a coach.

A native of Larned, Kan., Keady married Kathleen Petrie in June of 2012. He has three children: Lisa (deceased May 2005), Beverly and Dan.

- A LOOK AT GENE KEADY -
Born: May 21, 1936
Hometown: Larned, Kan.
High School: Larned
College: Kansas State '58 (B.S.), Kansas State '64 (M.S.)
Wife: Patricia (deceased April 2009); Remarried: Kathleen Petrie (June 2012)
Children: Lisa (deceased May 2005), Beverly and Dan

NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
2002-03 Head Coach Purdue Second Round
1999-00 Head Coach Purdue "Elite Eight"
1998-99 Head Coach Purdue Sweet 16
1997-98 Head Coach Purdue Sweet 16
1996-97 Head Coach Purdue Second Round
1995-96 Head Coach Purdue Second Round
1994-95 Head Coach Purdue Second Round
1993-94 Head Coach Purdue Elite Eight
1992-93 Head Coach Purdue First Round
1990-91 Head Coach Purdue First Round
1989-90 Head Coach Purdue Second Round
1987-88 Head Coach Purdue Sweet 16
1986-87 Head Coach Purdue Second Round
1985-86 Head Coach Purdue First Round
1984-85 Head Coach Purdue First Round
1983-84 Head Coach Purdue First Round
1982-83 Head Coach Purdue Second Round
1981-82 Head Coach Purdue Second Round
1979-80 Head Coach Western Kentucky First Round
1977-78 Assistant Coach Arkansas Final Four (3rd)
1976-77 Assistant Coach Arkansas First Round

COLLEGIATE COACHING EXPERIENCE
1980-pres. Head Coach Purdue
1979-80 Head Coach Western Kentucky
1975-78 Assistant Coach Arkansas
1967-74 Head Coach Hutchison Junior College
1966 Assistant Coach Hutchison Junior College

USA BASKETBALL COACHING EXPERIENCE
2000 Assistant Coach Olympic - Sydney, Australia
1999 Assistant Coach Olympic Qualifying
1991 Head Coach Pan American Games
1989 Head Coach World University Games
1985 Head Coach Olympic Developmental

ACCOLADES
Big Ten Coach of the Year 1984, '88, '90, '94, '95, '96, 2000
National Coach of the Year 1984, '88, '94, '95, '96, 2000
Halls of Fame National Junior College Basketball (player and coach)

GENE KEADY'S COACHING HONORS
HALLS OF FAME

  • National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame (as both a player and coach)
  • Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year (seven times - league record)
  • 1984 (Big Ten champs), '88 (Big Ten champs), '90, '94 (Big Ten champs), '95 (Big Ten champs), '96 (Big Ten champs) and '00 (second place)
  • National Coach-of-the-Year (six times)
  • 1984 National Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), CBS Sports, Chevrolet Scholarship Program, Hoop Scoop and Iowa Rebounders Club
  • 1988 National Coach of the Year by NBC Sports
  • 1994 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Coach of the Year
  • 1995 National Coach of the Year by Chevrolet/CBS Sports
  • 1996 National Coach of the Year by Chevrolet/CBS Sports, the Associated Press (AP), United Press International (UPI), College Sports Magazine, Basketball Weekly; recipient of the Henry Iba Award (selected by the USBWA)
  • 2000 National Asscociation of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Coach of the Year
  • 2001 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 2004 Naismith Outstanding Contribution to Basketball Award
  • 2007 John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" award.
  • 2007 Kansas Hall of Fame
  • 2010 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Hillyard Golden Anniversary Award
  • 2010 Lapchick Character Award
  • 2010 Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame
  • 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame: Keady was elected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2013 will be inducted on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Mo., as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball. The Hall of Fame is located in the College Basketball Experience, a world-class entertainment facility that provides a multi-faceted interactive experience for fans of the game.

NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Head Coaches In The "Gene Keady Coaching Tree" Chain of coaches who can trace their coaching roots to Gene Keady (as of October 2013).
• Bruce Weber - Kansas State
• Kevin Stallings - Vanderbilt
• Steve Lavin - St. John's University
• Matt Painter - Purdue University
• Cuonzo Martin - University of Tennessee
• Alan Major - Charlotte
• Linc Darner - Florida Southern University
• Paul Lusk - Missouri State
• Austin Parkinson - Indiana University - Purdue University -Indianapolis (Women's)
• Carson Cunningham - Carroll College

Respected Leader
A member and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Keady is one of the leading spokesmen on issues surrounding college basketball. Keady gives back to the game of basketball whenever he has a chance. He is very accommodating to the news media, performs charity work and makes numerous speaking appearances throughout the year.

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