Gene Keady

Gene Keady (born May 21, 1936)

Teams coached: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Purdue Boilermakers
Western Kentucky record: 38-19 (.667)
Purdue record: 493-287 (.632) **
Overall record^: 531-306 (.634) **

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2010-2015 St. John’s (special asst)
2005-2006 Toronto Raptors (asst)
1980-2005 Purdue
1978-1980 Western Kentucky
1975-1978 Arkansas (asst)
1966-1974 Hutchinson JC
1965-1966 Hutchinson JC (asst)

Gene Keady Facts

  • Lloyd Eugene Keady
  • Born May 21, 1936
  • Hometown: Larned, Kansas
  • Alma Mater: Kansas State University (BS, 1958 & M.Ed, 1964)
  • Lettered in football, baseball and track – but not basketball – at Kansas State
    • Drafted in the 19th round of the 1958 NFL Draft but did not play in the league
  • Started his coaching career at Beloit HS (KS), leading the basketball team to a 142-47 record during his six-year tenure
  • Jumped to the college level in 1965 after getting a master’s degree, spending one year as an assistant and then eight years as the head coach at Hutchinson JC (KS)
    • Went 187-48 overall during that tenure, including a runner-up finish in the 1973 JC National Tournament
  • Worked for three seasons as an assistant to Eddie Sutton at Arkansas before getting his first Division I head coaching job at Western Kentucky in 1978
    • Went 38-19 in two seasons at WKU, including at OVC title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 1980
  • Cemented his legacy in college basketball during his 25-year tenure at Purdue, winning nearly 500 games, claiming six Big Ten titles and going to 16 NCAA Tournaments and five NITs with the Boilermakers
    • Reached the Elite Eight twice and Sweet Sixteen an additional three times, but never got to the Final Four
    • Notable during his time in West Lafayette was his rivalry with legendary Indiana head coach Bob Knight and the Hoosiers; both teams were in the running for league titles every year
    • Assisted Rudy Tomjanovich and Team USA at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, winning a gold medal without losing a game
  • After retiring from Purdue in 2005, Keady spent one year as an advisor to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and then became an television analyst for the Big Ten Network
  • Returned to coaching in 2010 as a special assistant at St. John’s for his own former Purdue assistant, Steve Lavin
  • Inducted into the College Basketball HOF in 2013 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball HOF in 2023
  • Along with his first wife, Patricia, has three children; now married to Kathleen

Gene Keady Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the Division I level only

** Listed accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA