Indiana University radio commentator for men’s basketball and former coach Royce Waltman died Monday at the age of 72.
Waltman had been battling cancer in recent years.
He was an assistant coach on IU’s national championship team in 1987, before he moved to DePauw.
“Coach Waltman had a great passion for the game of basketball and the players who play it. He was an incredibly fierce competitor, who always seemed to have teams whose sum was greater than their parts,” Bill Fenlon, who succeeded Waltman as DePauw’s coach in April 1992, said in a statement. “He was a demanding mentor and loyal friend to hundreds of players and coaches whose lives he touched.”
Waltman coached at DePauw six years before moving on to UIndy.
He also coached at Indiana State University from 1997 until 2007, when his contract was not renewed.
At the time, Waltman was frustrated with the administration’s handling of the situation as seen in this WTWO video:
But Waltman was still highly regarded, and he became the radio color commentator at IU in 2010–a position he held until his death.
“Royce was one of these coaches that endeared himself to everybody, even those who he got angry with now and then,” Don Fischer, the voice of the Hoosiers, said in a statement. “He was a terrific basketball coach but he was much more than that to everyone he knew. The time we spent with him on our broadcasts were absolutely special.”