Former Purdue coach Keady to receive Wooden award

Updated: October 12, 2006, 6:05 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Gene Keady, who retired in March 2005 after 25 seasons coaching Purdue basketball, will receive the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award in April.

He had a 512-270 record at Purdue, where the Boilermakers won six Big Ten titles under him. Keady also was an assistant on the U.S. team that won a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Keady will receive the award April 7 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

He was chosen based on character, coaching philosophy, graduation rate and success on the court.

Previous winners include North Carolina's Dean Smith, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Arizona's Lute Olson and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.

Last season, Keady had a brief stint as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors.

Wooden, a former Purdue player who turns 96 Saturday, didn't attend last year's award ceremony because of a trademark dispute with the Los Angeles Athletic Club concerning the use of his name.


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