Royce Waltman dies at 72

  • 04/08/2014 9:06 am in

Longtime college basketball coach and former Indiana radio color analyst Royce Waltman died Monday evening at the age of 72, following a lengthy battle with illnesses according to the Indiana State basketball Twitter account.

Waltman was an assistant coach at Indiana from 1982 to 1987 and went on to be the head coach at several Indiana universities. He coached DePauw from 1988 to 1992, Indianapolis from 1993 to 1997, Indiana State from 1998 to 2007 and Indianapolis once more in the 2007-2008 season before retiring.

Waltman also played college basketball at Pittsburgh for the 1960-61 season before finishing his career at Slippery Rock.

After his retirement, in 2010, Waltman joined the IU men’s basketball radio team and began broadcasting men’s basketball games with Don Fischer.

He did so until this past December, when he had to step aside due to recurring health issues related to a previous battle with bladder cancer.

“Royce was one of these coaches that endeared himself to everybody, even those who he got angry with now and then,” Fischer said in a statement. “Everybody that knew him respected him and liked him. 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.”

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  • CreamandCrimson

    Very sad news. He was a lifetime basketball man that was always fun to listen to. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    RIP Royce. We’ll miss you on the call with Fisch.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Totally sad news. Anyone who’s read A Season on the Brink will remember him as a good guy. And from what I’ve read, his players from his jobs outside of IU also fondly remember him. His death is a loss, definitely.

    RIP, coach. It was great to know you were a valuable and beloved part of the Hoosier family.

  • ForeverIU

    Breaks my heart. Rest in peace Royce.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Very sad to hear this. RIP Royce. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • plane1972

    A very decent man, a great husband, father and grandfather, and a heck of a teacher and basketball coach to boot. We’ll miss you, Coach!

  • HoosierFan76

    IUBB, college basketball, and the world in general lost a great guy today. RIP, Royce.

  • Frangipani

    Royce, you will be missed. Because I live on the west coast, I usually have to listen to the audio feed of IU games because i’m still at work. It’s been such a pleasure to listen to Royce the past few years. Always insightful, classy, witty and possessing a gift for the colorful analogy. “He’s so skinny he could take a bath in a rifle barrel.” Seriously funny stuff, and you know what, that helps keep in perspective that this is a GAME. I feel there is a void in the Hoosier Nation today, like flags should be flown at half-mast. It won’t be the same without Royce on the call.

  • Barancy Peloma

    so long royce. i will miss catching your broadcasts with fish.

  • Bruce

    So very sorry about this news. Loved his insight and humor when he was on the air with Don. You could just tell he was a classy and genuine individual. Royce will be missed by all.

  • Born2It

    He started his coaching career in Bedford, PA, leading a small town high school to to the best in his league and leading many young men, both on and off the court, to play with the heart of champions.

    Some of us even had the pleasure of his 10th grade health class, which was the year we had sex-ed. Those drawings on the blackboard were classic. He may have turned red arguing a BBall call but the health class was another story.
    He knew how to grow even the smallest of programs to be the best they could be, involving the youngest kids on Saturday mornings, and following them all the way through his varsity programs.
    We are so proud of him as he moved into the NCAA, proving that his methods were true.
    We mourn his death, offer our sympathies to Carol and his kids and grandkids, and remember him so fondly.
    He remains respected and loved by many people from his home county.