‘Coach Shrews’ Steps in

New men’s basketball coach Micah Shrewsberry is no stranger to the Big Ten...

Micah Shrewsberry headshot

New men’s basketball coach Micah Shrewsberry is no stranger to the Big Ten, having spent the last two years as an assistant to Purdue coach Matt Painter. Acknowledging the league’s reputation as arguably the toughest in the country, Shrewsberry knows the identity he wants to instill at Penn State. “We’re going to play as hard as we can every night,” he said after his hiring was announced in March. “In the Big Ten, if you’re not doing that, you’re not going to have success.”

At most of his coaching stops—including Purdue, six seasons with the Boston Celtics, and during Butler University’s deep NCAA tournament runs in 2010 and ’11—Shrewsberry was in charge of his team’s offense; he plans to install a free-flowing attack with lots of movement and passing. “By being as unselfish as we can, I think we’ll represent Penn State well.”   —BR