Purdue assistant picked as new coach
From Mirror reports
UNIVERSITY PARK — Micah Shrewsberry was hired on Monday as the new Penn State men’s basketball coach, replacing interim head coach Jim Ferry who had taken over the program when Patrick Chambers resigned early last fall.
Shrewsberry, an assistant on Purdue’s staff under coach Matt Painter, becomes the 14th men’s coach in the program’s history.
“Micah was a name that immediately jumped to the top of our list with his experience in the Big Ten and the NBA,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said. “He has had success at all levels and knows what it takes to develop a program into a consistent national contender. He has learned from and worked under some of the most respected coaches in the country in Brad Stevens and Matt Painter. Micah will be an exceptional leader for the young men in our basketball program and I can’t wait for him to get to know our student-athletes. We know he will be a great addition to our Penn State family.”
Shrewsberry spent the last two seasons at Purdue as the associate head coach. As the offensive coordinator, Shrewsberry helped lead the Boilermakers to a fourth-place finish with a 13-6 Big Ten record in 2020-21. Purdue finished with an 18-9 overall mark and earned an NCAA Tournament berth this season.
“I’m extremely humbled and excited to be the next head coach at Penn State University,” Shrewsberry said. “The values of this university and its commitment to excellence are the major reasons why this job was so appealing to me. I can’t wait to arrive on campus to begin working with our tremendous student-athletes. My family and I are looking forward to becoming a part of the Nittany Lion family.”
Prior to his time at Purdue, Shrewsberry spent six seasons (2013-19) with the Boston Celtics as an assistant coach. With Shrewsberry coaching the offense, Boston ranked sixth in the NBA in 3-pointers made and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage in the 2018-19 season and was second in 3-point field goal percentage in 2017-18.
“Micah is an outstanding coach, with a breadth of experience, who will do great things for our program,” Penn State president Eric Barron said. “He is respected nationally as an outstanding talent, and brings an unwavering commitment to the academic success and overall wellbeing of our student-athletes. I am pleased he will be joining the Penn State family and look forward to the program’s development under his leadership.”
Shrewsberry’s first stint as an assistant coach at Purdue spanned the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons where he helped the Boilermakers reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He played an integral role in helping Purdue’s offense lead the country in fewest turnovers per game with 8.74 in 2011-12.
The Indianapolis native spent four seasons at Butler University under then head coach Stevens. He started his time with the Bulldogs as the coordinator of basketball operations before serving as an assistant coach for three seasons. With Shrewsberry on the bench, the Bulldogs compiled an 87-21 record, won two Horizon League regular-season championships and two Horizon League Tournament titles, and made three NCAA Tournament appearances, including back-to-back appearances in the national title game in 2010 and 2011.
He was also the head coach at Indiana University-South Bend from 2005-07. He was also the director of basketball operations at Marshall University (2003-05) and an assistant coach at DePauw University (2001-03) and Wabash College (2000-01). At DePauw, Shrewsberry led the Tigers to a 42-12 record with a pair of conference championships. Shrewsberry started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Indianapolis in 1999-2000.
As player, Shrewsberry was a three-year starting guard and team tri-captain at Hanover College. He led the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in free throw shooting (.833) and assists (4.4) in 1998-99.
Shrewsberry earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Hanover College in 1999 and a master’s degree in sports management from Indiana State in 2003. He and his wife, Molly, have four children.