Penn State announced earlier today that they have hired Micah Shrewsberry as their new men’s basketball head coach. Shrewsberry has spent the past couple seasons as an assistant head coach for a Purdue, a position he also held previously before joining the Boston Celtics coaching staff under Brad Stevens.
Give a warm &⚪️ welcome to Micah Shrewsberry, our new Men’s Basketball Head Coach!— Penn State Men’s Basketball (@PennStateMBB) March 15, 2021
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Congrats @Coach_Shrews. Couldn’t have happened to a better person.— Purdue Mens Basketball (@BoilerBall) March 15, 2021
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Shrewsberry takes over a spot that was left vacant shortly before the season when Penn State moved on from Pat Chambers after an investigation into allegations about his conduct within the program. Jim Ferry took over as an interim coach and there was some chatter over the possibility of Ferry landing the job, though we now know that isn’t the case.
The Purdue assistant has spent plenty of time under two well known coaches in the midwest in Matt Painter and Brad Stevens. Shrewsberry was an assistant at Butler under Stevens before joining Purdue. He then spent six years back with Stevens on the Celtics coaching staff before he rejoined Purdue in 2019. Shrewsberry main point of focus at Purdue was running the offense, with the Boilermakers ranking in the top 25 in offensive efficiency this season.
“Micah was a name that immediately jumped to the top of our list with his experience in the Big Ten and the NBA,” said Penn State VP for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour. “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.”
I’m excited to be a part of Nittany Nation! #WeAre pic.twitter.com/kfq8p6YdDT— Micah Shrewsberry (@Coach_Shrews) March 15, 2021