One of the nation’s most respected basketball coaches, Gene Keady, will be the featured speaker at the 44th Annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet, according to Banquet Chairman, Mike Reese. He will address a crowd of over 1500 on Tuesday, January 20,2009, at 6:30pm, in the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin.One of the nation’s most respected basketball coaches, Gene Keady, will be the featured speaker at the 44th Annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet, according to Banquet Chairman, Mike Reese.
In 2005, Gene Keady completed his 25th and final season as the Head Coach of the Purdue Boilermakers, leaving the basketball program as the winningest coach in university history and ranking second all time in Big Ten conference wins (262). During his tenure he notched 512 victories and six Big Ten championships. He led the team to 22 postseason berths, including 17 NCAA Tournaments and two Elite Eight appearances in 1994 and 2000.Keady was named Big Ten coach of the year a record seven times, tying him with Bobby Knight. He was named national coach of the year six times, second only to Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. Keady was also a prominent figure in United States basketball as a member of Rudy Tomjanovich’s coaching staff for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, helping Team USA to a gold medal.
In addition to his coach of the year honors, Keady is also a member of the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame (as both a player and a coach), the Kansas Hall of Fame and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Most importantly to him, however, is the fact that 90 percent of the seniors who stayed at Purdue for four seasons graduated. Boilermakers were selected Academic All-Big Ten 36 times, including seven Academic All-American picks.