Royce Waltman joins IU basketball radio team

  • 10/07/2010 7:51 pm in

We mentioned this on Monday, but here’s the official release from IU and Learfield Sports:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Oct. 7, 2010) –Indiana University Sports Properties announced that celebrated collegiate basketball coach Royce Waltman will join Don Fischer in the broadcast booth as color commentator for the Hoosiers’ 2010-2011 season. Long-time pre game and post game host Joe Smith will begin his 28th year on the broadcast team.

“Royce is one of the most highly respected coaches in his profession,” said Fischer, who is in his 38th year as the “Voice of the Hoosiers”. “His knowledge of basketball and his background at almost every level of the game will add much to our broadcasts.”

Waltman boasts an already familiar tie to IU having served as an assistant coach with Head Coach Bobby Knight from 1982-1987. He then become head coach for DePauw University (1988-1992), University of Indianapolis (1992-’97) and Indiana State University (1997–2007). He won 100 or more games at each of these schools and led all three to the NCAA National Tournament. Most recently, he had returned to coaching at the high school ranks serving as assistant coach at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis.

“Royce is an accomplished collegiate coach with hometown appeal who we felt certain would be the perfect addition to work alongside Don Fischer calling Hoosier games,” said Rob Louthain, general manager for Indiana University Sports Properties (IUSP).

On behalf of Indiana University Athletics, IUSP oversees management of every aspect of the IU Radio Network.

“As an assistant basketball coach at IU, I gained great admiration for the program and all its tradition.,” said Waltman. “It is with great pleasure that I return to the IU family.”

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  • Plane1972

    Love this hire. Royce is a great guy, class personified. He won’t dazzle you with fluff. He will provide solid insights. Once he gets settled into the booth, I think we will really enjoy him on the broadcasts.

  • Old Sports Dude

    Royce is a great hire! He is a close friend of RMK. Maybe he could get him to come back. We are now having all this success recruiting with victories so to follow. I just hope Coach will come back one day. I would love to be there when he walks on the floor. They will blow th roof off that place. It will be a magical moment like Elvis coming back.

  • Onceafink

    Don’t post often, but read everything with anticipation of good things to come. This will be a great addition alongside Fish. I can’t wait to hear the first broadcast.

  • cooper

    They couldn’t get a former player or anyone else? This reeks of going cheap

  • Anonymous

    There are two basketball programs I love. The Cream and Crimson and the Fighting Trees. I’m psyched about Royce and can’t wait to get an autograph.

  • Plane1972

    Come on, cooper. You’re talking about the asst. coach of the ’87 team. How is that not a solid hire for the broadcast booth? If Royce is “going cheap”, then Leary was absolutely bargain basement.

    Sorry, man. I know you’re only giving your opinion, but I have a lot of respect for Royce.