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Friday, May 10, 2019 10:10 pm

Purdue assistant coach returns after NBA stint

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Former Purdue basketball assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry is returning to the program as the associate head coach, the Boilermakers announced Friday.

Shrewsberry, 42, was an assistant coach with Purdue from 2011 to 2013 before leaving to take a job with the Boston Celtics, where he has been an assistant coach under Brad Stevens for the last six seasons. 

"Micah has an outstanding basketball mind and is a very strong recruiter," Purdue head coach Matt Painter said in a statement. "He has six years of experience in the NBA and has coached in two Final Fours. He will fit in very well here at Purdue, and we're looking forward to his return to West Lafayette."

The Boilermakers' newest coach is an Indianapolis native and Cathedral graduate and coached under Stevens at Butler for three years before starting his first stint with the Boilermakers. In two of those three seasons, the Bulldogs reached the national championship game.

"I have been lucky enough the last 12 years to work with the two best coaches in America (Painter and Stevens) and the opportunity to work and learn again under coach Painter was too good to pass up," Shrewsberry said in the statement. "As good of a coach as Coach Painter is, he is an even better person.

"The way he treated us and made us a part of his family is a big reason we are coming back. I have been a big Purdue fan since I left and watched as many games as I could. I admire what Coach Painter and his tremendous staff have built during his tenure, and I am really looking forward to being a part of it."

Shrewsberry has also been an assistant at the University of Indianapolis, Wabash College and DePauw University. He was the head coach at IU-South Bend in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

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