November 19, 2014
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Purdue legend has served as Special Assistant/Advisor for St. John's men's basketball since 2010.
Pregame quotes, sixth annual Lapchick Character Award Ceremony quotes and NABC Hall of Fame Quotes.
Red Storm Report: Episode 5 (2015)
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Postgame Highlights & Press Conference: No. 22 Butler 85, St. John's 62
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Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery host An Evening With St. John's Basketball at Guastavino's on November 6, 2013.
Photos from the 2013 BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 16.
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2012 STJ Basketball Media Day on ESPN3 at Carnesecca Arena Oct. 23, 2012
2012 BIG EAST Media Day
In 1988, a coaching veteran gave an aspiring young colleague a chance with a position at
One of the most respected coaches in the history of college basketball,
Keady was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in April of 2013 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The Hall of Fame is located in the College Basketball Experience in
Though Keady's current role at St. John's does not involve any on-court coaching, his keen eye and feel for the game assists the St. John's coaching staff in terms of developing strategy, analyzing game film and planning practices with contributions at staff meetings. With experience at the collegiate level and in the professional ranks as an assistant coach with the NBA's Toronto Raptors, Keady brings literally decades of perspective to the Red Storm bench.
Widely recognized throughout the nation, Keady serves as a new ambassador for the
With 512 victories, six Big Ten titles and a half-dozen national coach of the year awards, Keady's record at Purdue speaks for itself. He is the program's all-time winningest coach, the Big Ten's second-winningest coach in victories (262) and is third-winningest by percentage (.661).The court at Purdue's Mackey Arena was named for Keady in 1997.
Keady's six national coach of the year awards came in 1984, 1988, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2000. His most recent honor came in 2000 when he was selected national coach of the year by College Sports Magazine, Basketball Weekly, Chevrolet/CBS-TV Sports, Associated Press, United Press International and Sports Illustrated. He also received the Henry Iba Award from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Keady led Purdue to six Big Ten championships in 25 years (1984, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1995 and 1996), including three-straight outright crowns from 1994-96. That feat has only been accomplished by one other team in league history -
Purdue finished in the top half of the Big Ten 18 times during Keady's 25-year tenure, including runner-up finishes in 1983, 1990 and 1997.
He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year a record seven times (1984, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2000), tying former
Two of Keady's teams share the program record for wins in a season with 29. The 1987-88 squad posted a 29-4 record, while the 1993-94 Boilermakers were 29-5 on the year.
Overall, the Boilers won at least 25 games six times under Keady's watch: 25-5 in 1986-87, 29-4 in 1987-88, 29-5 in 1993-94, 25-7 in 1994-95, 26-6 in 1995-96 and 28-8 in 1997-98. The Boilermakers won at least 20 games 14 times under Keady, including a school-record streak of six 20-win seasons from 1983-88. Keady's tally of 20-win seasons is by far the most by any coach in school history. Other Purdue coaches with 20-win seasons include Fred Schaus (2), Lee Rose (2) and George King (1).
Under Keady, Purdue made 22 postseason tournament appearances in 24 years (17 times in the NCAA Tournament) and averaged 21.2 wins per season.
The Boilermakers' best performances in the "Big Dance" came in 1994 and 2000 with a pair of appearances in the Elite Eight. Purdue advanced to the Sweet 16 in 1988, 1998 and 1999.
Purdue finished in the top 10 of the final AP poll six times under Keady: 1984 (10th); 1987 (7th); 1988 (3rd); 1990 (10th); 1994 (3rd); and 1996 (T-4th). Purdue finished 11th in 1998. In 2000, Purdue finished ranked 15th in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
A member and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Keady is one of the leading spokesmen on issues surrounding college basketball. He is accommodating to the news media, performs charity work and makes numerous speaking appearances throughout the year.
In 2010, the NABC honored Keady with its Golden Anniversary Award for more than 50 years of contributions to the game of college basketball.
Keady also is a prominent figure in
Prior to that, Keady coached the
He also assisted in selecting the 1984 and 1988
In 26 seasons as a Division I collegiate head coach, he owned a record of 543-268 (.670). Counting his time in junior college, high school and four stints as USA Basketball head coach, his lifetime head coaching ledger is 872-360, a .708 winning percentage.
Under his watch, the Boilermakers were successful in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. Nearly 90 percent of the seniors who stayed at Purdue for four seasons under Keady graduated. In Keady's tenure, Boilermakers were selected Academic All-Big Ten 35 times, including seven Academic All-America picks (Brian Walker, 1981; Keith Edmonson, 1982; Steve Reid, 1983 and 1984; Craig Riley, 1992; and Carson Cunningham, 2000 and 2001).
Keady coached the consensus national player of the year, Glenn Robinson, in 1993-94. Robinson led the nation in scoring average (30.3) and set a Purdue and Big Ten single-season scoring record (1,030 points). Overall, Keady-coached players have earned All-America status three times (Robinson twice; Keith Edmonson, 1982) and first team All-Big Ten 15 times. Thirteen of Keady's players have been NBA draftees, and three were named Big Ten MVP (Robinson, 1994; Stephen Scheffler, 1990; and Jim Rowinski, 1984).
Keady was named Purdue's 17th head basketball coach on April 11, 1980. He arrived at Purdue after a two-year stint as head coach at
Prior to taking the reins at Western Kentucky, Keady was an assistant coach at
From 1966 to 1974, Keady coached at
Keady attended Garden City (
Keady earned his master's degree in education from
A native of