Friday , Dec , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors name Keady assistant coach

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors announced Friday that they
have named former Purdue men’s basketball coach Gene Keady as an assistant.

The 69-year-old 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.

“I’m excited and honored to have Gene join our coaching staff,” said Raptors
head coach Sam Mitchell. “He is a legend in our profession and a welcomed
addition. His experience and ability to teach young players will be invaluable
to our team.”

Toronto is expected to have Keady on the bench for Saturday’s game in

Keady, a six-time National Coach of the Year at Purdue, 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.