Notre Dame is finalizing a deal to make Penn State‘s Micah Shrewsberry their next men’s basketball coach, according to multiple reports. The deal is for seven years at more than $4 million per year, and the formal announcement is expected to happen on Friday (March 24).
Shrewsberry, an Indianapolis native, reportedly turned down the multi-year offer from Penn State in order to coach closer to his hometown. In his two years with the Nittany Lions, Shrewsberry had a 37-31 record – leading the school to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011 and its first tourney win since 2001 when they upset 7-seed Texas A&M in the first round this season.
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After former head coach Mike Brey announced back in January that he would step down after 23 seasons at Notre Dame, Shrewsberry became the top target for the vacancy in part due to his Indiana roots.
A three-year starter at in-state Hanover College, Shrewsberry then went on to have assistant coaching positions at Wabash and DePauw before becoming the head coach at IU South Bend. He improved the program from 3-28 to 17-15 in just two seasons. Shrewsberry then joined Brad Stevens‘ staff at Butler – a part of back-to-back NCAA national runner-up teams. Before meeting up with Matt Painter at Purdue and joining Stevens again with the Boston Celtics.
Shrewsberry rejoined the college ranks in 2019 as an associate head coach under Painter, which led to him getting the Penn State job in 2021.
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Heralded as one of the best offensive minds in college basketball, Shrewsberry was the force behind a Penn State team that finished 13th in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency and 10th in effective field-goal percentage. By comparison, Notre Dame finished 96th and 88th in those categories, respectively.
Shrewsberry is also the first Black head coach in Notre Dame men’s basketball history. With the hire, Notre Dame becomes the only power-conference school to field a Black head coach in football, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball.
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