Former USC Men's Basketball Coach Bob Boyd Dies

    Bob Boyd
    Jan. 14, 2015

    Bob Boyd, who led the USC men's basketball program to great heights as its head coach for 13 years in the 1960s and 1970s after a stellar playing career at Troy, died Wednesday (Jan. 14) afternoon of natural causes in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 84.

    He had planned to attend this evening's USC men's basketball game against UCLA in the Galen Center with his son, Bill, but he passed away earlier in the day.

    Services are pending.

    Boyd's Trojans went 216-131 overall from 1967 through 1979 and played in the post-season 4 times (the 1979 NCAA playoffs, 1973 NIT and 1974 and 1975 Commissioner's Conference tourney). His 1971 Trojan team, which went 24-2 and was ranked No. 5 nationally (Troy was No. 1 at midseason), 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 3-year letterman (1950-52), he was Troy's MVP as a senior in 1952.

    Boyd then began his coaching career, first for 5 years in the high school ranks (at El Segundo and Alhambra Highs), then for 6 years at the junior college level at Santa Ana College (his 1959 team finished second at the state tournament) and then collegiately, first at Seattle University, where he went 41-13 in 2 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 LSU 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, plus 10 grandchildren.

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