Keady’s Legendary Career
Began as a Blue Dragon
Gene Keady is one of the most recognizable names in Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball history.
Keady retired from coaching in March 2005 after 25 seasons with the Purdue Boilermakers.
But some six years before starting what turned out to be a stellar career at Purdue, Keady was wrapping up an incredible eight-season run at Hutchinson Community College.
In eight seasons as Blue Dragon head coach, Keady amassed a record of 187-48, including an astounding 90-10 Jayhawk conference record. Keady ranks fourth in Blue dragon history in victories and fourth in winning percentage (79.5).
Keady’s Blue Dragon teams won six league championships, five Region VI championships and placed in each of his five appearances in the NJCAA tournament. The 1972-73 Blue Dragons went all the way to the NJCAA Tournament Championship before falling to Mercer County, N.J.
During Keady’s time in Hutchinson, he coached some of the best players to ever wear a Blue Dragon uniform. Keady mentored six NJCAA All-Americans, six All-NJCAA Tournament players and numerous All-Jayhawk Conference players. He was named the league’s Coach of the Year three times set a record for winning percentage in Jayhawk conference games at 90 percent.
Keady had big shoes to fill when he became Hutchinson’s head men’s basketball coach, taking over for legendary Sam Butterfield.
A native of Larned, Kansas, Keady came to Hutchinson after starting his head coaching career at Beloit High School. At Beloit, Keady compiled a 102-47 record from 1959 to 1965. He served as Butterfield’s assistant for one season before taking over the program in 1967, only the fourth head coach in Blue Dragon history.
After Hutchinson, Keady took a Division I assistant’s position at Arkansas to work to work with head coach Eddie Sutton. He was at Arkansas for four seasons before accepting the head coaching job at Western Kentucky in 1979, where he compiled a two-year record of 38-19.
On April 11, 1980, Keady was named Purdue University’s 17th head coach. He retired in March 2005 as the Boilermakers’ all-time winningest coach after going 512-270 in 25 seasons.
Keady led Purdue to six Big Ten championships (1984, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1995, and 1996), including three straight outright titles from 1994 to 1996. Under Keady, Purdue made 22 postseason tournament appearances in 24 years (17 times in the NCAA Tournament) and made a pair of appearances in the Elite Eight.