Painter named Univ. Games coach
World University Games will be held from Aug. 12-23 in China
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Purdue head men’s basketball coach Matt Painter, who previously assisted the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team, has been selected as the head coach for the 2011 USA Men’s World University Games Team, USA Basketball announced on Thursday.
Former Boilermaker star and assistant coach Cuonzo Martin, currently the head coach at Missouri State, and Butler head coach Brad Stevens were tabbed to assist Painter in the same announcement. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Syracuse Hall of Fame head coach Jim Boeheim.
The 2011 World University Games will be held from Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, China. Training camp to select the 12-member USA team will be held from July 30-Aug. 8 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“It’s always an honor to work with USA Basketball,” Painter said. “My experience with the U19 team in 2009 is one that I value greatly. The goal of any USA Basketball team is to represent your country in a first-class fashion and win a gold medal, and I’m excited for the opportunity to pursue that goal in China this summer.”
As an assistant coach for the 2009 USA U19 World Championship, Painter helped the U.S. squad post a perfect 9-0 record and capture the gold medal in New Zealand, marking the first time since 1991 that the USA men returned from a U19 World Championship in possession of the title.
Stevens also returns to USA Basketball after serving as a court coach during the 2010 USA U18 National Team training camp in San Antonio, Texas. This summer will mark Martin’s first USA Basketball coaching assignment.
“It’s going to be a great experience working with coaches whom I respect as much as Cuonzo Martin and Brad Stevens,” Painter said. “They’re hard-working, driven and passionate coaches, and they’ll play a vital role on this team.”
The World University Games are held every other year, and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 24 who are, or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.
The United States, which has claimed a medal in every World University Games since beginning play in 1965, has captured a record 13 golds, three silvers and three bronze medals in the 19 WUG’s in which a USA Basketball men’s squad has competed. Overall, the USA owns a 131-8 record in World University Games play.
In his sixth season as Purdue’s head coach, Painter is regarded as one of the brightest and most-respected coaches in the college game.
“Matt Painter is an outstanding young coach who has already made great contributions to USA Basketball,” Boeheim said. “It will be a great asset to have him on the staff again.”
The Muncie, Ind., native has guided the Boilermakers to a 16-3 start this season, including a 5-1 mark in Big Ten play. His overall record at Purdue is a striking 128-59 (.684), and he has upped his win total each year since taking over the program.
Following his first year on the sidelines in West Lafayette, Painter has produced four-straight 20-win seasons, captured the 2009 Big Ten Tournament title and 2010 Big Ten regular-season crown, made four NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the last two Sweet Sixteens.
Painter’s exploits at Purdue have not gone unnoticed. A finalist for the 2008 Naismith Coach of the Year, the 2008 and 2010 Jim Phelan Coach of the Year and the 2008 Skip Prosser Man of the Year awards, Painter was a 2008 and 2009 USBWA Henry Iba Coach of the Year nominee. He also earned a pair of NABC District Coach of the Year (2008, 2010) honors, collected the 2010 USBWA District V Coach of the Year award and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010.