Report: Penn State To Hire Micah Shrewsberry As Men's Basketball Head Coach

By Matthew Filipovits on March 15, 2021 at 9:14 am
Purdue associate head coach Micah Shrewsberry motions during the second half of an NCAA men's basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. Bkc Purdue Vs Northwestern
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Update 6:50 p.m.: Penn State has officially hired Micah Shrewsberry as the next men's basketball head coach:

According to reports, Penn State will hire Purdue associate head coach Micah Shrewsberry to fill its men's basketball head coaching vacancy.

A longtime assistant, Shrewsberry began his coaching career on the staffs at Wabash and Depauw in the early 2000s before spending two years as Marshall's Director of Basketball Operations. He returned to coaching as the head coach of Indiana University-South Bend for two seasons before joining Brad Stevens' staff at Butler in 2008. The Bulldogs made the NCAA Tournament all three of Shrewsberry's seasons, including back-to-back trips to the National Championship Game in 2010 and 2011.

Shrewsberry first coached in the Big Ten the following season, when he was hired as an assistant coach by Matt Painter at Purdue. He spent two seasons in West Lafayette before reuniting with Brad Stevens as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. The Celtics made the playoffs in five of his six seasons there and Shrewsberry has been credited as a key piece in All-Stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum's development. He returned to the Boilermakers in 2019 as the program's associate head coach.

Though he's spent the majority of his career in the midwest, Shrewsberry is well respected across east coach basketball circles and has had recruiting success in Pennsylvania. Purdue landed four-star Butler, PA guard Ethan Morton in their 2020 class and are currently the favorite for four-star 2022 Philadelphia guard Jameel Brown.

The Nittany Lions went 10-14 under interim head coach Jim Ferry this season while playing one of the toughest schedules in the history of college basketball, per KenPom. Shrewsberry's first goal will be to retain key members of the current roster  while attempting to fill his first full recruiting class and entice talented transfers to come to Penn State.