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College Basketball

 
Gene Keady

Biography

Gene Keady is in his 19th year as head coach at Purdue University. Keady, with a 394-168 record in his first 18 years, is Purdue's all-time winningest coach. Keady has also earned six Big Ten championships and five national Coach of the Year awards.

Under Keady, who is second to Indiana's Bob Knight in Big Ten tenure, Purdue has made 17 postseason appearances in 18 years -- 14 times in the NCAA tournament -- while averaging 21.9 wins per season. The Boilermakers' best performances in the NCAA tournament came in 1994 with an Elite Eight appearance.

Keady, a native of Larned, Kansas, attended Garden City (Kansas) Junior College, where he was a four-sport star. He then went on to Kansas State, where he played three sports while earning a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and physical education in 1958. He played briefly the following fall with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the coaching ranks at Beloit High. Keady and his wife, Patricia, reside in Lafayette, Indiana. He has three children: Lisa, Beverly and Dan.



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