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Matt Painter (b. August 27, 1970, Muncie, Indianamarker) is an NCAA men's basketball head coach at Purdue Universitymarker, located in West Lafayettemarker, Indianamarker.

Playing career



Matt Painter attended Delta High Schoolmarker in Muncie, Indianamarker and played basketball for current Athletic Director, Stan Daugherty. After high school, he attended Purdue Universitymarker as an undergraduate, although he grew up in an Indiana family, where his father attended. He played four seasons of basketball as a Boilermaker in the point guard position under head coach Gene Keady and assistant Steve Lavin, where he helped lead the Boilermakers to three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance. He was teammates with the likes of Jimmy Oliver, Steve Scheffler and Glenn Robinson. He started 50 of the 109 games in which he appeared and helped his team to a 75-45 overall record. In his senior season, he was selected as a team captain and was named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention. Painter finished his career averaging 4.5 ppg and totaling 276 assists.

Coaching career

Washington & Jefferson College, Barton College, Eastern Illinois


After graduation from Purdue in 1993, Painter moved on to coaching basketball. His first year as a coach was an assistant coach position at Washington & Jefferson College. With his help, the team finished the season with a 22-3 record and a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament. He only coached at Washington and Jefferson for one year before becoming an assistant coach at Barton College. In the 1994-95 season Barton finished with 13 wins and 13 losses. Painter then moved to Division I as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois of the Ohio Valley Conference, where he also received his master's degree.

Southern Illinois


After three years at Eastern Illinois, he moved to Southern Illinois in 1998 as an assistant to head coach Bruce Weber. Painter was previously acquainted with him while Weber was an assistant coach at Purdue during Painter's playing days. Weber and Painter quickly turned a team that had a losing record the previous season into a successful team. Painter helped lead the Salukis to the NIT in 2000 and twice to the NCAA Tournament the following seasons while an assistant coach. In the 2001-02 season, they qualified for the NCAA Tournament and ended their season in the Sweet Sixteen with a loss to UConn. That year, SIU beat well-established programs such as Georgia and Texas Tech. In 2003, Weber's and Painter's Salukis were featured on MTV's special True Life: I Am a College Baller.


After serving as an assistant coach for five seasons at SIU, Matt Painter stepped into his first NCAA Division I head coaching position after Bruce Weber took the head coaching job at Illinois for the 2003-04 season. Leading the Salukis to a 25-5 record and a berth in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the team was ranked as high as #15 in the nation by the AP poll during the season. Painter was named the 2003-2004 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the year.



In 2004, Painter was recruited by Purdue as the replacement for retiring head coach Gene Keady. He signed a six-year contract as the new Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball coach. As part of a planned transition, Painter was named the Associate Head Coach for the 2004-2005 season. He joined former teammate Cuonzo Martin (now head coach at Missouri State) on the coaching staff. With key players out with injuries, suspensions and transfers, Purdue finished the season with a 7-21 record, the most losses in the program's history in a season.


At the start of the 2005–06 season, Matt Painter took over for Keady as the head coach at his alma mater and became the second former Purdue player to become the head coach since Ray Eddy (1950-1965). In his first season in that role, despite the absences of four starters to suspension and injuries and only playing with seven scholarship players, they finished with a 9-19 record. Painter's first Purdue squad as a head coach came up with wins against eventual NCAA Tournament qualifier Wisconsin and #23 Michigan.


In his second season as head coach, the team had high hopes for an NCAA berth. Both power forward Carl Landry and shooting guard David Teague returned to the lineup after injuries, combining an average of about 34 points and 15 rebounds per game. Painter's Boilermakers finished the preseason with an 11-3 record, which included wins over previously unbeaten and top 25 schools Virginia and Missouri. They headed deep into the regular season without a road win. The team had also not won a road game in the two prior seasons during which Painter was part of the Boilermaker's bench. That 29 road game losing streak ended on February 3, 2007, when Purdue beat Penn State at the Bryce Jordan Centermarker. After winning seven of their last ten conference games during the regular season and setting a single-season school record for most home wins at 16 in Mackey Arenamarker, Painter and his Boilermakers finished the regular season with a 9-7 conference record. They received a 5th seed in the Big Ten Tournament and were knocked out in the quarterfinals when they lost to a Greg Oden-led Ohio State team. Purdue was invited to the 2007 NCAA Tournament, Painter's second appearance as a head coach, and received a 9 seed. The team's opening round opponent was Lute Olson's Arizona. After beating the Wildcats, Purdue fell to Billy Donovan's number one seeded and defending/eventual national champions, Florida. With +13 wins from the previous season, it was the biggest win-margin turnaround in the program's history.


Coming off one of the program's biggest single season improvements, Painter returned only one senior on the roster with 6 newcomers. Painter achieved notable recruiting success, signing one of the top five recruiting classes in the nation for 2007, all coming from the state of Indiana. Painter started at least three freshmen in every game at the start of the '07-'08 season, making it the youngest starting line-up in the nation. His "baby boilers" finished the non-conference season with a 9-4 record, which included a win against Rick Pitino's #22 ranked Louisville, as well as a loss to Woffordmarker, their only home loss of the season. During an eleven game winning streak in conference play, they swept the season series with the conference champion #8 Wisconsin and had a home win against #9 Michigan State. It was the first back-to-back wins versus top ten teams in school history. Their winning streak was ended when they lost to in-state rival, #14 Indiana. Painter and his Boilers finished the regular season in 2nd place with a 15-3 record. During the regular season and into the conference tournament, Purdue was ranked as high as #15 in both polls. Painter's team entered the Big Ten Tournament with the #2 seed. They lost in the quarterfinals to the 10th seeded Illinois. They were invited to the 2008 NCAA Tournament and given a #6 seed. Painter's team beat Baylor in the first round, giving Purdue its 10th straight first round win in the tournament. They lost in the second round to Xavier. He was named the Big Ten Conference Coach of The Year. The Boilers finished the season with a 25-9 record.


Painter's Boilermakers began the 2008-2009 season with an ESPN/USA Today Poll rank at #10 and an AP Top 25 #11 ranking. They had five returning starters from the prior season, including Chris Kramer, the conference's defensive player of the year and two all-conference selections in E'Twaun Moore (2nd) and Robbie Hummel (1st). Painter's Boilers opened the season with a 5-0 record. In the first game of the season, his team set the school record for fewest tournovers in a game, only committing 3, against Detroitmarker on November 14, 2008. With a #9 ranking, Purdue had their first losses of the season back-to-back in overtime to #13 ranked Oklahoma in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship game and a 16 point home loss against #4 Duke. They finished the pre-season with an 11-2 record, which included a win against #22 Davidson. Purdue finished third in conference play, including a season-sweep by Illinois and splitting the season meetings with conference title winners, Michigan State. Near the end of the regular season, Matt was selected as one of ten candidates for the Henry Iba Award, which goes to the nation's best coach of the year. With a much healthier Robbie Hummel in the lineup, they entered the Big Ten Tournament with the #3 seed, beating Ohio State in the finals, giving Purdue its first conference tournament championship in school history. Throughout the tournament, Painter's team averaged 16 assists and less than 6 turnovers in three games. Matt Painter led his team to a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance with a 5 seed, the team's highest seed in 10 years. They beat Northern Iowamarker from the MVC in the first round, becoming the program's 11th straight first round win dating back to 1994. After beating Washington in the Second Round, Purdue reached their first Sweet Sixteen in 9 years, eventually losing to Jim Calhoun's Hasheem Thabeet-led UConn. Painter's team finished the season with a 27-10 record, the most games played in a season in its program's history.

Despite beginning his Purdue head coaching position coming off a prior 7-win season, Matt surpassed Gene Keady's first four seasons (1981-1985) win total of 82 in his first four (2005-2009) with 83 victories. As Purdue's head coach, he holds an overall record of 4-3 in the NCAA Tournament.


Matt Painter returned his entire regular starting five to begin the 2009-2010 season, including three all-conference selections in JaJuan Johnson (1st), E'Twaun Moore (2nd) and Robbie Hummel (3rd). With four Seniors graduating this past season, including the last of his first recruiting class at Purdue in graduating power forward Marcus Green, Matt Painter and assistant Paul Lusk have all in-state recruits coming in, including top 150 rated recruits in shooting guard DJ Byrd and power forward Patrick Bade. A later piece added to the 2009 Freshman class is Sandi Marcius, a 6'9" forward/center, who moved to Indiana from Croatiamarker earlier in the fall of '08. Painter starts his fifth season at Purdue with his team receiving a 7th overall ranking by both the Associated Press and Coaches Polls, the program's highest in 22 years. With starting point guard Lewis Jackson out with an injury, Painter managed to lead his #6 ranked team to the 2009 Paradise Jam Tournament championship against Bruce Pearl's 10th ranked Tennessee.

U19 USA Championships Team


On May 12, 2009, Matt Painter accepted an assistant coach position for the 2009 USA Basketball U19 World Championships team. Along with current head coach and former fellow assistant, Chris Lowery, at Southern Illinois, he served under Pittsburgh head coach, Jamie Dixon. Painter helped lead the team to a 9-0 record with a 22.2 point win margin, while winning the gold after beating Greecemarker.

Head coaching record

Personal life

Painter and his wife, Jerri, have three children: Maggie, Brayden and Emma. On May 7, 2009, Matt Painter served as the honorary starter and waved the green flag for the starting round at the Indianapolis 500marker in Speedway, Indianamarker.


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