Micah Shrewsberry Completes Penn State Basketball Staff with Two More Hires

By Vincent Lungaro on June 14, 2021 at 3:36 pm
Penn State hires Eifert and Whitted
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Micah Shrewsberry has rounded out his Penn State coaching staff with a pair of hires. 

On Monday, the Nittany Lions announced the additions of former Purdue player Grady Eifert as video coordinator and former NBA G League coach Tre Whitted as assistant to the head coach.

Whitted's role was previously held by program legend Talor Battle, who left to take an assistant coaching position at Northwestern last month. 

"Loyalty is a huge deal for me and I tried to reflect that in the way I put together our staff," Shrewsberry said in a release. "I'm thrilled to have Tre joining us. I coached him when he was a player at Marshall and am now looking forward to the great experience of working with him. The basketball knowledge that he has gained throughout his career will be very beneficial for our program. On top of that, he is a great person who our players and recruits will enjoy getting to know."

Whitted played professionally in the G League and Premier Basketball League. He played collegiately at Marshall when both Shrewsberry and Nittany Lions assistant coach Aki Collins were on that coaching staff. 

From 2015-2020, Whitted was the president and CEO of Groundwork Player Development. He most recently served as the head coach of the high school boys and high school girls travel teams with 3 Step Sports' Blue Wave Basketball Academy.

His name might be a little familiar to Penn State fans, as his cousin Peyton was a member of the Lady Lions' basketball team from 2013-17. 

"I'm extremely honored to be a part of such an incredible staff that is being led by Coach Shrewsberry, someone I've known since I was 18 years old," Whitted said. "He is a great coach and an even better person. I look forward to being of service to our coaches, the community of State College, and playing a role in developing the student-athletes in our program."

Eifert spent the past two seasons on Matt Painter's staff at Purdue as a graduate assistant after a productive playing career with the Boilermakers. His role included opponent scouting, film breakdown and helping with individual workouts and administrative duties.

"I am very thankful to be joining Coach Shrewsberry and his staff at Penn State. Spending the last six years at Purdue, four as a player and two as a graduate assistant, has been an unbelievable experience with memories I will always cherish," Eifert said. "I want to personally thank Coach Painter for everything he has done for me and jump starting my coaching career. I cannot wait to get to work for Coach Shrewsberry. His passion, poise and incredible knowledge for the game is unmatched. I am excited to be a part of his team and joining the Penn State family. WE ARE!"

Initially a walk-on in West Lafayette, Eifert earned his way into a scholarship. He started all 36 games his junior and senior seasons, helping the Boilermakers reach the Elite Eight in 2019.

"I've had a chance to work with Grady the last two seasons at Purdue," Shrewsberry saiid. "He was very influential in helping me learn our system and help put our guys in the right positions to be successful. He played a key role in Purdue's success as a student-athlete, so he knows what it takes to win in our league. That knowledge will be critical as we try to compete for Big Ten championships."