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October 3, 2007

Given to Fly: Waltman lands head-coaching job

TERRE HAUTE — I must have missed the memo — got tied up with TPS reports — on this fall being the time to resurrect former Indiana State coaches.

A week after former ISU coach Dennis Raetz was named interim head football coach for the Sycamores replacing Lou West, Royce Waltman has been named interim head basketball coach at the University of Indianapolis.

Indianapolis coach Todd Sturgeon announced he was stepping down, citing personal reasons, and he may be getting out of the profession altogether. Waltman confirmed Tuesday that Sturgeon’s young family is “among the top reasons” for his leaving Indianapolis.

After Royce Waltman’s 10-year tenure at Indiana State ended in March when his contract was not renewed, Waltman was as straightforward — as he is about any topic — about his future.

“I can’t get a head coaching job, because if you get fired for cheating you can get rehired, but if you get fired for losing, it’s like you have leprosy,” Waltman said. “… I’d like to stay in basketball, but I’m realistic. I don’t want to go back to Bedford [Pa.] High School and coach the team and that’s about the only job I could get. For the right guy, I’d be an assistant, I’d be a scout. I’m not ready to retire.”

Waltman found the right guy to be an assistant for when Sturgeon offered him a job to help coach the Greyhounds on July 6.

“I have mixed feelings,” Waltman said Tuesday. “My intention was to come over and help [Sturgeon’s] team as much as I could. I really appreciated that opportunity. I’m really concerned that everything works out for him.”

At the same time, Waltman is fired up to be a head coach again, even if it is under the interim tag.

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