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Keady gets spot in Hall of Fame

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 United States 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 Nov. 24, at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City\.

"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. "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, a .655 winning percentage, in 25 seasons at Purdue, and he was 550-289, a .656 winning percentage, 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, a .698 winning percentage, in his coaching career.

He became Purdue's all-time winningest coach with a victory over Louisville on Dec. 6, 1997, and won his 500th game at Purdue on Jan. 14, 2004, with a win over Wisconsin.

"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 head men's basketball coach Matt Painter said. "His accomplishments speak for themselves and his name remains synonymous with Purdue basketball. I'm thrilled to see him receive this well-deserved honor."

Keady led the Boilermakers to six Big Ten championships, including a run of three-straight outright crowns from 1994-96.

The Boilermakers won at least 25 games six times under Keady' and reached the 20-win mark 14 times, including a school-record streak of six 20-win seasons from 1983-88. 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 under Keady.

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-coached players earned All-America honors four times, Big Ten MVP on three occasions and first-team All-Big Ten 15 times. Thirteen of Keady's players were selected in the NBA draft, including three first-round picks. Glenn Robinson, the 1994 consensus National Player of the Year, was the top overall selection in the 1994 draft.

Keady coached at Western Kentucky before taking over at Purdue on April 11, 1980. He went 38-19 record and advanced to the NCAA tournament in his second season with the Hilltoppers after capturing a share of the Ohio Valley Conference title.

Keady was an assistant coach at Arkansas from 1975-78 before going to Western Kentucky, and from 1966-74, he coached at Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College, serving as an assistant for a year before taking over the program.

Keady began his career at Beloit (Kan.) High School from 1959-65, where he compiled a 102-47 record.

Keady was a member of Rudy Tomjanovich's coaching staff for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, where Team USA captured a gold medal, and he assisted in selecting the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic squads. Keady also helped Tomjanovich coach the USA Basketball Senior National Team at the 1999 Americas Qualification Tournament.

Keady coached the U.S. in the 1989 World University Games to a gold medal in West Germany, marking the United States' first championship in international competition in three years. He was the head coach of the U.S. team at the 1991 Pan-American Games, leading a bronze-medal effort. Keady earlier led a group of collegiate all-stars in the U.S. Olympic Developmental Program to a silver medal at the 1985 Jones Cup in Taiwan.

His first international experience came in the summer of 1979, when he guided the National Sports Festival Team to a gold medal.

Keady helped USA Basketball win three gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal, while establishing a 40-2 record.

During the 2003-04 season, Keady was named one of 16 finalists for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and was honored with the NABC Golden Anniversary Award in 2010 in recognition of his five decades of contributions to the game of college basketball.

Keady is currently a special advisor to St. John's coach and former Purdue graduate assistant Steve Lavin.