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Public memorial to be held for former basketball coach Bob Boyd

The longtime head coach will be honored on April 26 at USC’s Galen Center

by USC Athletics staff
Bob Boyd led the USC men’s basketball program for 13 years. (Photo/USC Athletics)

A public memorial service for former USC men’s basketball coach Bob Boyd, who died on Jan. 14 at the age of 84, will be held on Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in USC’s Galen Center.

Speakers are expected to include basketball head coaches Tim Floyd and Larry Eustachy, former Trojan assistant basketball coach Jim Hefner and former NFL referee Jim Tunney.

A reception will follow in the west foyer of the arena.

From the court to the sidelines

Boyd, who led the USC men’s basketball program as head coach for 13 years in the 1960s and 1970s after a stellar playing career at the university, died of natural causes in Palm Desert.

His teams went 216-131 overall from 1967-79 and played in the postseason four times (the 1979 NCAA playoffs, 1973 National Invitation Tournament and 1974 and 1975 Commissioner’s Conference tourney).

His 1971 Trojan team, which went 24-2 and was ranked No. 5 nationally is regarded among USC’s best (he also won 24 games in 1974). His wins over UCLA in 1969 and 1970 were the Bruins’ first losses in Pauley Pavilion. He was twice named the conference Coach of the Year. He sent 10 Trojans into the NBA, including Paul Westphal and Gus Williams.

A three-year letterman (1950-52), he was USC’s MVP as a senior in 1952.

The early years

Boyd then began his coaching career, first for five years in the high school ranks (in El Segundo and Alhambra), then for six years at the junior-college level at Santa Ana College and then collegiately, first at Seattle University, where he went 41-13 in two seasons (1964-65). After a year out of coaching while working for Converse, he became USC’s head coach.

After USC, he went on to be the head coach at Mississippi State (1982-86), Riverside Community College (1989) and Chapman (1990-92) and then was an assistant at Louisiana State University and Utah State.

He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor in 2004.

Boyd is survived by sons Bill, who played basketball at USC under his father from 1973 to 1976, Jim and John, and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and a son, Bruce.

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