Oct. 15, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Former Purdue coach Gene Keady will join the staff of former assistant Steve Lavin at St. John's.

Keady, who retired in 2005 after 27 seasons as a Division I head coach, will join Lavin's staff as a special assistant/adviser, it was announced Friday. Lavin's first coaching job was as a graduate assistant to Keady at Purdue in 1988.

Keady's role will not involve any on-court coaching, but he will work with the staff in developing strategy, analyzing game film, planning practices, and contributing at meetings.

Keady coached two seasons at Western Kentucky before moving to Purdue in 1980. He finished with 550 wins, all but 38 at Purdue, which he led to 17 NCAA tournaments and six Big Ten titles.

Lavin took over at St. John's in April after seven years at ESPN.