Dick Lloyd, Voice of Rutgers Basketball, Retires After Long Career
by Scott Logan
Dick Lloyd, who has spent the past 23 seasons as the color commentator for Rutgers men’s basketball, announced his retirement earlier this month through a press release on Rutgers athletics’ official website.
Lloyd had been a part of the Rutgers community for 50 years, serving as an assistant coach under Bill Foster from 1965-71 before taking over as head coach of the Scarlet Knights from 1971-73. He then stepped down from his head coaching position to focus on alumni relations before joining the radio broadcast team in 1992.
“It was sort of a standing joke in my family when I’d say, ‘one more year,'” Lloyd said, according to the ScarletKnights.com press release. “I think more than anything else we wanted to do some traveling. But you know when it’s time. I appreciate the time I had and now it’s time for someone else to have that opportunity.”
Those close to Lloyd have had nothing but great things to say about the 75-year-old. This included his older brother Bob Lloyd, who spoke about Coach Lloyd’s dedication to Rutgers University.
“His loyalty is so strong,” Bob Lloyd told NJ.com. “We’ve lived in Maui for 20 years and I can’t get him out here in the winter. He was so committed to doing the games and to the university.”
Dick Lloyd spent 23 seasons on commentary for Rutgers basketball, first working alongside Bruce Johnson before current play-by-play announcer Chris Carlin joined the team in 2008.
“I don’t know if there’s been a better ambassador for Rutgers basketball over the last 25 years than Dick, just because he loves it so much and he just enjoys being around the coaches and being around the kids,” Carlin said to the Asbury Park Press.
Current Rutgers basketball head coach Eddie Jordan, who joined the Rutgers basketball team the year after Lloyd stepped down as coach, also had praise for Lloyd in a tweet he sent out after the news broke.
Clearly, Lloyd has impacted so many throughout his five decades with the State University of New Jersey. Now he will take on the role of a spectator, and he has made it clear Rutgers will always be on his mind.
“I will miss my day-to-day contact with the coaches and players,” he said. “But I look forward to supporting the program as a loyal fan.”