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Purdue Basketball: Micah Shrewsberry Named Associate Head Coach

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A familiar face will be on the sideline for our Boilermakers again

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Coach Greg Gary was named Head Coach at Mercer University, leaving a major hole to fill on the Boilermaker Bench.

Coach Painter reached out to a familiar face in Micah Shrewsberry.

Shresberry originally came to Purdue from Butler after the 2010-11 season, and was on the coaching staff for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, before rejoining Brad Stevens when the Boston Celtics hired him in 2013. He served on Stevens’ staff until last night, as the Celtics were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Though he had already departed before their freshman season, Micah was part of the lead for the 2014 class that turned the program back around in the correct direction. That is the class that included Dakota Mathias, P.J. Thompson, Isaac Haas, Vince Edwards and Jacquil Taylor, a group that left Purdue with some great accomplishments, including two sweet 16s.

I really love this hire. He is from Indiana, being born and raised in Indianapolis where he attended Cathedral High School. He then went to Hanover College where he played four seasons at. He immediately went into his coaching career, starting at Wabash College as an assistant.

He has strong Indiana ties, which will pay off, as some of the best basketball players come form our home state.

He now has coaching experience under one of the best basketball minds on this planet too, in Brad Stevens, who took Butler to back to back National Championships before being plucked away by the NBA.

I am sure Coach Shrewsberry wants to get back to being a head coach in the collegiate level. While he may not be here as long as Coach Gary was here, but he will make a great impact while he is here. With his ties to Indiana, coaching under Brad Stevens and already knowing the expectations of Purdue and Coach Painter, this should be a pretty smooth transition.

Welcome Back to Purdue, Coach. Boiler Up!