Former IU assistant, broadcaster Royce Waltman dies

Former Indiana University assistant coach and IU radio broadcaster Royce Waltman died Monday night at age 72. Waltman took a leave of absence this past season to fight cancer, but according to a source, he suffered a stroke that prevented further chemotherapy treatment.

Waltman was an assistant coach on the Hoosiers’ 1987 national championship team before moving on to become a head coach at DePauw, the University of Indianapolis and Indiana State.

Indiana coach Tom Crean issued the following statement on Waltman.

“In just learning of the passing of Coach Waltman, we have profound sadness and feel for his wife, Carole and everyone in his family. Royce was a very special person who gave so much to the game of basketball and without question impacted everyone he coached, worked with and supported. His knowledge of the game and ability to teach it was only eclipsed by the way he made you feel when you were with him. Personally, I respected him long before I came to Indiana. In getting to know Royce here, I was incredibly fortunate to have become his friend. The genuine respect he would impart on me and the program was heartfelt and will always be remembered.”

“The sign of this mans toughness was on our trip to New York when we played Washington and UConn in the Wounded Warrior project We all knew he was in pain and he went great lengths to not show it and stayed focused on his radio duties. It was another example of what made him a great leader, his poise under pressure and putting others before himself. Not only are my thoughts and prayers with Coach Waltman’s family, but with people like Brad Brownell, Rick Ray, Dick Bender and the countless others who lost a father figure.”

4 comments

  1. My sincere sympathy to the family of Royce Waltman upon his death. He was a unique person and a special spouse and father, who not only gave much of himself to basketball but also to our world. He will be missed.

  2. A truly ‘nice guy’; honest, sincere and caring. Indiana and basketball need more like Royce. My condolences and my admiration of each and all of the Waltman clan who made, with Royce, our community a better place to live. RIP Royce.

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