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UPDATED: Penn State Hires Micah Shrewsberry as Basketball Coach

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The Nittany Lions have reportedly followed through on their aim to hire a coach almost immediately after the end of their season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 02 Purdue at Illinois Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Update: The Board of Trustees has approved Micah Shrewsberry’s contract by an unanimous vote after their session at 6:30 PM Eastern on Monday, March 15.

Penn State has been on the hunt for a new head basketball coach ever since the resignation of Pat Chambers just prior to the 2020-21 season.

According to Jeff Goodman as well as The Athletic’s Dana O’Neil, a Penn State alum, the Nittany Lions have found their man in the form of Purdue assistant Micah Shrewsberry.

Here’s what we know about Shrewsberry so far...

Micah Shrewsberry, friends!

The Skinny

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
High School: Cathedral High School
Coaching Debut: 1999
Position: PG
Coaching History: Wabash, DePauw, Marshall, UI South Bend, Butler, Purdue, Boston Celtics, Purdue

Highlights

The Tale

Micah Shrewsberry has been around the coaching block! His coaching career began shortly after his college career ended —in 1999, at Wabash College. In 2001, he moved to DePauw. By 2003, he was the Director of Basketball Operations at Marshall, and head coach at Indiana University-South Bend by 2005.

In 2008, Shrewsberry began learning from one of the best coaches in the country at Butler in Brad Stevens, where his time there saw back-to-back national championship game appearances. He would remain at Butler until 2011, when he began his first stint at Purdue under Matt Painter.

After Stevens accepted the Boston Celtics head coaching job in 2013, Shrewsberry left Purdue to follow Stevens to the NBA, ultimately coaching with the Celtics for six years. He would return to Purdue in 2019, where he has been up until now, serving as the offensive coordinator for a Boilermaker offense that has been ranked in the top 50 in Kenpom efficiency in the past two seasons.

Outlook

Shrewsberry is considered one of the best assistants in the country, having learned from two of the best head coaches in the country. Shrewsberry brings a plethora of experience to the Nittany Lions, both in the NBA and in college, spending 11 years learning from two of the best in the game.

At 44, Shrewsberry still has plenty of opportunity to build on his already exemplary resume, which bodes well for a Nittany Lions squad who has a roster ready to be coached. Here’s what Purdue had to say about him when he was hired there for a second time back in 2019:

We are excited that Micah will return to our coaching staff,” head coach Matt Painter said. “He had a very successful stint with the Celtics, learning from one of the top coaches in the world. Micah has an outstanding basketball mind and is a very strong recruiter. He has six years of experience in the NBA and has coached in two Final Fours. He will fit in very well here at Purdue, and we’re looking forward to his return to West Lafayette.

Welcome to Penn State, coach!