Purdue announced several staff additions for the upcoming season, including one member that Boilermaker fans should be familiar with.
Set to join head coach Matt Painter’s staff this season in the recently created analyst position is Andrew McClatchey. McClatchey had spent the last two seasons with IUPUI as a graduate manager and a statistical analyst. McClatchey co-founded BAM Analytics, LLC., a company that provides statistical analysis for basketball programs.
Painter reportedly was looking for someone who wasn’t necessarily a coach, but a “math guy” who would “think differently.” Considering McClatchey’s background, it appears that the addition fits what Painter was looking for.
Also joining Purdue’s staff is Joey Brooks and former Boilermaker D.J. Byrd, who will both serve as graduate assistants.
Brooks is a Notre Dame alum and spent the past year with SAP as a Senior Analytics Specialist. Brooks has also spent time as a basketball operations associate for the Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State’s G League team) and has been involved as an assistant and trainer in a number of different basketball related programs.
The third member to join the staff is former sharpshooter D.J. Byrd, who recently played for Matt Painter from 2009 to 2013. Byrd has spent time coaching at the high school level and helping kids in Indiana with a number of basketball related programs.
“We are excited to have Andrew, Joey and D.J. all join our staff in their respective roles,” Painter said. “They have already started making a difference in our program and are eager to help us take the next step.”
Painter also added Creighton’s Steve Lutz as an assistant to the staff this spring. Before his role as an assistant at Creighton, Lutz also spent time at SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Incarnate Word and Garden City Community College.