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Place in hall of fame reaffirms Keady’s standing


– Former Purdue men’s basketball coach Gene Keady has a place among the elite.

Keady is part of a seven-man National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction class, which includes former U.S. Congressman Tom McMillen, 1977 consensus national player of the year Marques Johnson of UCLA, former coach Rollie Massimino, Bob Hopkins of Grambling, George Raveling of Nike and George Killian of FIBA. The 1963 Loyola (Ill.) University team will also be the first team inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2013 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov. 24, at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. Keady will be the guest speaker at the Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce banquet April 18 at the Kendallville Convention Center.

“This election validates Gene’s body of work here and at the places he coached preceding Purdue,” Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said in a statement Tuesday. “It reinforces his philosophy of caring about individual student-athletes, both while they were here and after they’d moved on from Purdue.”

Keady went 512-270 in 25 seasons at Purdue, and he was 550-289 in 27 seasons as a Division I college head coach. Keady, who also coached junior college and high school teams and had four stints with USA Basketball, went 879-381 in his coaching career.

“Aside from being one of the greatest ever to coach the game, Coach Keady has been a mentor to so many men who played for him at Purdue,” Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter said. “His accomplishments speak for themselves and his name remains synonymous with Purdue basketball.”

Keady led the Boilermakers to six Big Ten championships, including a run of three-straight outright titles from 1994-96. His 265 Big Ten victories rank second in conference history.

Keady guided Purdue to 22 postseason appearances, reaching the NCAA tournament 17 times. Purdue reach the Elite Eight in 1994 and 2000 and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 1988, 1998 and 1999.

Keady was named National Coach of the Year six times and earned a record-tying seven Big Ten coach of the year awards. Former Indiana coach Bob Knight also earned seven conference coach of the year awards.

Keady is a special adviser to St. John’s coach and former Purdue graduate assistant Steve Lavin.