Three win Lapchick Character Awards

NEW YORK -- Hall of Famers Jody Conradt and Bob Hurley Sr. and former Purdue coach Gene Keady have been chosen as this year's recipients for the third annual Lapchick Character Awards.

The three will be honored at a luncheon at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 18, it was announced Monday.

The award, started by a group including Joe Lapchick biographer and former player Gus Alfieri, recognizes coaches who have shown the character traits and coaching skills of the Hall of Famer who coached St. John's and the New York Knicks.

Conradt was one of the pioneers of the women's college game. She led Texas to an undefeated national championship in 1986, and three Final Fours. In her 31 years at Texas, 99 percent of her athletes earned their degrees. She was the second women's coach inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1998.

Hurley, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame last week, was a fundraiser, custodian and coach in turning Saint Anthony, a small parochial high school in Jersey City, N.J. into one of the most successful high school programs ever.

Keady's teams won six Big Ten titles and made 17 NCAA tournament appearances at Purdue, reaching the round of eight twice. His players at Purdue had an almost 90 percent graduation rate and seven of his players were selected academic All-Americans.

The award is sponsored by Nike, D'Agostino Supermarkets and HHI Hotels.