Report: Penn State Hoops To Hire Micah Shrewsberry As Next Head Coach

Penn State men’s basketball is reportedly expected to hire Purdue assistant Micah Shrewsberry as its next head coach, according to Stadium insider Jeff Goodman.

The 44-year-old’s hiring is not official yet, but it’s worth noting a “404 error” appears if you head to his webpage on Purdue Athletics’ website.

Shrewsberry 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.

Shrewsberry has never held a head coaching position at the Division I level.

Although Shrewsberry’s hiring isn’t confirmed, it would likely mean the end of the Jim Ferry era at Penn State. While filling in as the Nittany Lions’ interim head coach, he helped lead the team to an ultimately disappointing 10-13 regular-season record and a second-round exit in the Big Ten Tournament.

Penn State also failed to secure bids to the NCAA and NIT Tournaments following a breakthrough season that seemed to be the beginning of a new, promising era for the team.

It’s worth noting Penn State’s Board of Trustees will meet virtually tonight for a “consideration of a personnel matter,” which could very well concern the basketball team’s next head coach. The Subcommittee on Compensation will begin meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.

Should Shrewsberry’s hiring become official, Penn State would be the only current university with Black football and men’s basketball head coaches.

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

We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.

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