Thursday , Dec , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors adding former Purdue coach Keady to staff

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Former Purdue men’s basketball coach Gene Keady
has reportedly accepted a position with the Toronto Raptors.

According to The Toronto Sun, the 69-year-old Keady will become either an
assistant coach or a consultant with the Raptors.

Keady, who spent 25 years as Purdue’s head coach, retired in March after
compiling a 512-270 record. At the time, Keady claimed he was done with
coaching, but ultimately decided he could not pass up the challenge of working
with an NBA team.

His experience and wealth of knowledge should immediately come in handy
because the Raptors are 3-17 and have the second-worst record in the league.

Keady, a six-time National Coach of the Year, reached the postseason 22 times,
including 17 NCAA Tournament appearances. The Larned, Kansas native also won
six Big Ten championships and was named the conference’s coach of the year
seven times.

The Boilermakers’ best performances in the NCAA Tournament came in 1994 and
2000 with a pair of appearances in the Elite Eight. Purdue also advanced to
the Sweet 16 in 1988, 1998 and 1999.