Missouri State hires Lusk as coach
Purdue assistant takes over as 17th head coach in Bears’ history
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue men’s basketball program sent another member into the sport’s head coaching ranks on Friday when former associate head coach Paul Lusk was named the 17th head coach at Missouri State University.
Lusk will be introduced at a news conference on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on the MSU campus. The event will be streamed live at missouristatebears.com.
Lusk finished his seventh season at Purdue, and his third as associate head coach, in 2010-11. He joined the Boilermaker coaching staff for the 2004-05 season under legendary head coach Gene Keady and continued to serve under current head coach Matt Painter.
“Missouri State made a great hire when it chose Paul Lusk to lead the next chapter of its basketball history,” Painter said. “He is bright, passionate and energetic, and he’s driven to succeed both on and off the court.”
Lusk is the second-straight former Purdue associate to lead the MSU program, replacing Cuonzo Martin after the latter was named head coach at Tennessee on March 27. He becomes the newest member of the Gene Keady coaching tree, which includes Painter, Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings and Illinois’ Bruce Weber, among others.
During his tenure at Purdue, Lusk helped preside over one of the most prosperous periods in the history of the program. The Boilermakers made five-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, reached the Sweet 16 twice, and won both a regular-season Big Ten championship and a Big Ten Tournament title.
In the summer of 2010, FoxSports.com included Lusk on its list of the nation’s top-25 high-major assistant coaches.
Prior to his arrival in West Lafayette, Lusk spent the 2003-04 season as an assistant on Painter’s staff at Southern Illinois, his alma mater.
The New Baden, Ill., native began his coaching career at Southwestern Illinois College, where he was an assistant during the 1996-97 season before assuming the same position at Missouri Southern from 1999-02. Before joining Painter at SIU in 2003, Lusk served as head coach at Division III University of Dubuque for the 2002-03 campaign.
Lusk earned a Masters of Science in Education from Missouri State in 2000.