Former WKU All-American and Hall of Fame hoopster Buddy Cate passes

8 02 2011

The Western Kentucky basketball program lost an all-time great yesterday when former Hilltopper All-American – and WKU Athletics Hall of Famer – Buddy Cate passed away Monday in Bowling Green.

A native of Cleveland, Tenn., Cate earned four basketball letters at WKU from 1947-50 – and was a part of four E.A. Diddle-coached squads that racked up a combined record of 103-16.

Cate was a member of two Ohio Valley Conference title teams (’48-49 and ‘49-50), two Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title teams (’46-47, ‘47-48) and three NIT teams (’47-48, ‘48-49 and ‘49-50) – including the NIT third place squad of 1947-48.

A former NBA draft pick, Cate then moved on to coaching – where he began as head basketball coach at Warren County (currently Warren Central) High School before moving on to coach at Tennessee Wesleyan.

Cate was inducted to Tennessee Wesleyan’s Hall of Fame in 1988.

The former Hilltopper standout was inducted into the WKU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 alongside Joe Arnold, Jimmy Barber, Ralph Dudgeon, Mary Koeckert (Godlove), Dan Powell, Bob Stoltman and Mike Williams.

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