Embassy Theatre welcomes legendary coaches May 19

One of the greatest rivalries in college sports history comes to the Embassy Theatre stage as legendary basketball coaches Bob Knight and Gene Keady square off for a night of reminiscing and off-the-cuff conversation. Posing questions and moderating the event will be Bob Hammel.

An Evening with Coach Bob Knight and Coach Gene Keady with special guest Bob Hammel is Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale for the general public March 17, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $29, $45, $55, $99. Tickets are available at the STAR Bank box office, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800.745.3000. A member presale starts Monday, March 10, at 10 a.m. Embassy memberships are available for purchase at the box office.

Knight, known as “The General,” is one of the most successful coaches in Division I history, leading Indiana University to three NCAA Championships in his 29 years with the Hoosiers and posting a 902-371 career record as a head coach. Keady, in his 25 years at Purdue, led the Boilermakers to six Big Ten Championships and 18 NCAA Tournament appearances.

In their 41 head-to-head matchups over the years (highlighted by Knight’s infamous 1985 chair-throwing episode), they battled almost to a draw, with Purdue edging IU 21-20. Both coaches are multiple winners of the Big Ten and National Coach of the Year awards and members of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hammel is an award-winning journalist, longtime sports editor at the Bloomington Herald-Times and co-author of two books with Knight.