A former Purdue Boilermakers Guard turned coach, Ryne Smith joined me for an interview to give Purdue fans an update on his life, his coaching position at the University of Incarnate Word, reminiscing about his days playing in Mackey Arena and more! Hope you guys enjoy, Boiler Up!
You can view the interview using the link below and scroll down for an outline of the conversation:
During the interview, Ryne and I discussed:
- How the off-season has been going down at Incarnate Word.
- How the coaching staff approaches the workouts and what they need to work on as a program.
- What it is really like to rebuild a program from the ground up.
- His path in the basketball coaching world.
- His experiences as a student assistant on Matt Painter’s staff in 2012-13.
- What he has learned from Purdue coaches like Painter along with Jack Owens, Greg Gary, Micah Shrewsberry and Carson Cunningham.
- What kind of relationship he and Coach Matt Painter have had and how it has evolved as time has gone on.
- Coaching at three different high schools and what those experiences were like.
- The recruiting process and why he ended up choosing Purdue.
- Difficulties he faced during his first year on campus and getting acclimated to the Big Ten.
- Playing with the Baby Boilers and having massive success in those seasons.
- Crazy story of Bobby Riddell imitating Stephen Curry on the scout team before their game against Davidson.
- His advice for freshmen coming into the college basketball world and how to handle adversity.
- What an IU fan did to the Purdue team bus before their game at Mackey South in Bloomington.
- Aside from himself, who was the best pure shooter in the Matt Painter era at Purdue?
- AND MORE!