Ex-Purdue coach Keady gets his hall call

Gene Keady finally got his invitation to a select group of coaches when the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame announced he would be one of seven inductees for 2013.

Joining Keady in this year’s class on Nov. 24 in Kansas City will be former Maryland player Tom McMillen, 1977 consensus national player of the year Marques Johnson of UCLA, coaching legend Rollie Massimino, Bob Hopkins of Grambling, George Raveling of Nike and George Killian of FIBA. In addition, the barrier-breaking 1963 Loyola University (Ill.) team will be the first team inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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

Keady posted a 512-270 (.655) record in 25 seasons at Purdue and a 550-289 (.656) mark in 27 seasons as a Division I college head coach. Overall, his coaching record was 879-381 with a .698 lifetime winning percentage.

Keady led the Boilermakers to six Big Ten championships in his 25-year tenure, including a run of three-straight outright crowns (1994-96) that has only been matched by just one other school in conference history (Ohio State, 1960-62).

He guided Purdue to 22 postseason appearances in his 25 years at the helm, reaching the NCAA Tournament 17 times. Keady-led Purdue teams reached the Elite Eight in 1994 and 2000, and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 1988, 1998 and 1999.

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