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Penn State Officially Hires Micah Shrewsberry As Next Hoops Coach

Penn State has officially hired former Purdue assistant Micah Shrewsberry as its next men’s basketball coach and the 14th in Nittany Lions program history.

“I’m extremely humbled and excited to be the next head coach at Penn State University,” Shrewsberry said in a statement. “I want to thank Dr. Barron, Sandy Barbour, Lynn Holleran, and the rest of the search committee involved in this process. 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!”

During an impromptu meeting of the Board of Trustees Subcommittee on Compensation Monday night, Penn State officials unanimously approved Shrewsberry’s hiring.

Earlier, in an executive session, board members discussed Shrewsberry’s proposed contract, but those details remain under wraps at this time.

“Micah was a name that immediately jumped to the top of our list with his experience in the Big Ten and the NBA,” said Sandy Barbour, Penn State’s vice president for intercollegiate athletics. “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.”

Although he’s never held a Division I head coaching gig, Shrewsberry is no stranger to college hoops. He previously served under current Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens both at Butler from 2008 to 2011 and in the NBA from 2013 to 2019. The Bulldogs made consecutive appearances in the national championship game in 2010 and 2011.

After returning to the Boilermakers in 2019 for a second stint, his leadership alongside head coach Matt Painter helped Purdue secure a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Now, Shrewsberry will get to work helping Penn State bounce back from an ultimately disappointing 11-14 season and second-round Big Ten Tournament exit. The Nittany Lions did not receive bids to the NCAA or NIT tournaments.

Penn State notably created a job opening for its next head coach earlier this year. Interim head coach Jim Ferry filled in after Pat Chambers resigned following an internal investigation into alleged misconduct.

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