Purdue’s Matt Painter To Head 2011 USA World University Games Team
-- Missouri State’s Cuonzo Martin, Butler’s Brad Stevens Named As Assistants --
Jan. 20, 2011 • Colorado Springs, Colo.
Purdue University head 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 today announced. Additionally, named as assistant coaches for the 2011 USA World University Games Team were collegiate head coaches Cuonzo Martin of Missouri State University and Butler University’s Brad Stevens.
The coaching staff selections were made by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Syracuse University Hall of Fame head coach Jim Boeheim.
“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.
“It’s going to be a great experience working with coaches whom I respect as much as Cuonzo Martin and Brad Stevens. They're hard-working, driven and passionate coaches, and they'll play a vital role on this team.”
“Matt Painter is an outstanding young coach who has been already made great contributions to USA Basketball,” said Boeheim. “It will be a great asset to have him on the staff again.
“Brad Stevens and Cuonzo Martin are two of the best young head coaches in NCAA basketball. The players in the USA Basketball program will certainly benefit from their coaching.”
The 2011 World University Games will be held Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, China. Training camp to select the 12-member USA team will be held July 30-Aug. 8 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
As an assistant coach for the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team, 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 home 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; while this summer marks Martin’s first USA Basketball coaching assignment.
“It’s a great honor and I’m very humbled by it,” said Martin, who played alongside and served as an assistant coach for Painter at Purdue. “I’m very appreciative to be with Matt Painter again, he’s a great friend of mine, and also Brad Stevens, who is also a friend and a great coach. I think it’ll be a lot of fun. But, more important, to be able to represent my country like this, it’s a great honor for me.”
“I’m really excited to be a part of USA Basketball,” said Stevens. “It’s an honor to be asked to participate, to work with the USA Basketball staff and coach Martin, and to assist coach Painter in the World University Games.”
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 who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born between January 1, 1987 and December 31, 1993), 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 WUGs in which a USA Basketball men’s squad has competed. Overall, the USA owns a 131-8 won-loss record in World University Games play. The United States captured six of the first seven gold medals awarded in World University Games competition and strung together six consecutive gold medals from 1989 through 1999. Most recently, the 2009 USA team earned the bronze medal after finishing 6-1 and suffering a one-point loss to Russia in the semifinals.
Eighteen players who have represented the USA in the World University Games have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, including Ray Allen, Stacey Augmon, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Bill Bradley, Quinn Buckner, Tom Burleson, Ken Davis, Tim Duncan, Phil Hubbard, Allen Iverson, Mitch Kupchak, Karl Malone, Michael Redd, Mitch Richmond, Michael Silliman, Steve Smith and Jo Jo White.
In addition to Boeheim, the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees and collegiate head coaches Lorenzo Romar (University of Washington), Bruce Weber (University of Illinois) and Roy Williams (University of North Carolina), as well as athlete representative Jay Williams, a member of four USA Basketball squads, including the 2002 USA World Championship Team.
In his sixth season as head coach at Purdue (2005-06 to present), Painter has the Boilermakers off to a No. 13 national ranking and a 16-3 start (all records as of 1/20/11), including a 5-1 mark in Big Ten Conference play. Overall, Painter’s record at Purdue is a striking 143-64 (.691), and he has upped his win total each year since taking over the program. Even more impressive, he owns a 119-40 mark for a remarkable 74.8 winning percentage from the 2006-07 season to present.
Following his first year on the sidelines, Painter produced four straight 20-win seasons, captured the 2009 Big Ten Tournament title, 2010 Big Ten regular season crown, made four NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the last two NCAA Sweet Sixteens.
His 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 United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Henry Iba Coach of the Year nominee. He also earned a pair of National Association of Basketball Coaches District Coach of the Year (2008, 2010) honors, collected the 2010 USBWA District V Coach of the Year award and was named the 2008 and 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Painter and the Boilermakers in 2009-10 tied the program’s record for victories, finishing with a 29-6 slate, tied as the Big Ten regular season champs, made their second consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance and finished ranked No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll.
In 2008-09, Painter led Purdue to a 27-10 record, the Big Ten Tournament title and a NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2008-09, finishing ranked No. 14 in the final ESPN/USA Today poll.
In 2007-08, Purdue’s 25 wins were the most for the program since the 1997-98 season and the sixth most in school history. Painter led the Boilermakers to a 15-3 conference record, finishing one game out of first place, and to the NCAA Tournament where they won their 11th straight first round NCAA Tournament game. Purdue’s home record was an impressive 16-1, including a perfect 9-0 mark in conference action, and posted three wins over teams ranked in the top 11.
In his second season (2006-07) at the helm of the Boilermakers, Painter led Purdue back to the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the second round. Purdue finished the season 22-12, more than doubling their win total from the previous season.
Before being named head coach for Purdue, Painter joined Gene Keady’s staff for Keady’s 25th and final season in 2004-05.
Painter was head coach for one season at Southern Illinois University, compiling a 25-5 record and a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003-04. The Salukis were ranked as high as 15th in the Associated Press poll during that season, and Painter earned Missouri Valley Coach of the Year honors.
He served as the top assistant under Bruce Weber at SIU from 1998-99 to 2002-03 before becoming head coach. In 2001-02, the Salukis finished 28-8 and made a NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance. In 2002-03 SIU claimed its second straight regular season conference title and made a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Painter made three coaching stops before joining SIU. He coached one year each at Washington & Jefferson College (1993-94) and Barton College (1994-95) before moving to the Division I ranks, spending three years on the staff at Eastern Illinois University (1995-96 through 1997-98).
Painter played guard at Purdue from 1989-90 to 1992-93, totaling 276 assists. He was a team captain during the 1992-93 season when he was named All-Big Ten honorable mention. He helped lead the Boilermakers to three NCAA Tournament bids and one NIT appearance during his playing career.
In the middle of his third season as head coach at Missouri State, Martin has piloted the 2010-11 Bears to a 15-4 record (all records through 1/20/11) and a 7-1 mark in Missouri Valley Conference games.
Following his first season, when the Bears went 11-20, Cuonzo orchestrated the fifth-best turnaround in NCAA Division I play after coaching his 2009-10 team to a 24-12 mark for a 13-win improvement. Further, Martin’s team captured the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament crown. Additionally, the Bears collected 19 of their wins at home, tying Kansas for the best home record in NCAA Division I play last year.
Martin arrived at Missouri State after spending seven years (2000-01 through 2006-07) as an assistant coach and one (2007-08) as associate head coach at Purdue University under Keady and Painter. During Martin’s time on the Purdue sidelines, the Boilermakers posted a 129-119 (.520) record and advanced to postseason play five times, including three NCAA Tournaments and a pair of National Invitational Tournaments.
A four-year letterwinner at Purdue (1992-95), the first two of which were spent playing alongside Painter, Martin helped the Boilermakers to a 90-37 (.709) slate, three NCAA Tournaments, the 1992 NIT and a pair of Big Ten Conference titles. Martin’s junior season was Purdue’s best during his four-year career on the hardwood. In 1993-94 he helped Purdue earn a 29-5 mark and the Big Ten crown as the squad advanced to the 1994 NCAA Elite Eight, the program’s best finish since the 1979-80 squad placed third in the NCAA Tournament. As a senior Martin averaged 18.4 ppg. and was tabbed All-Big Ten first team as Purdue wrapped up a 25-7 record, earned the Big Ten title and advanced to the NCAA second round.
Martin spent four years playing professional basketball in the NBA, CBA and in Europe before returning to his alma mater in 2000.
Stevens, whose storied Cinderella run to the 2010 NCAA title game garnered national attention, is in the middle of his fourth season at the helm of the Butler Bulldogs and currently owns a 13-6 overall record (all records as of 1/20/11) and a 5-2 slate in Horizon League play.
In all, during his successful stint as head coach at Butler, Stevens owns an amazing 102-21 (.829) record, has made three NCAA Tournament appearances, captured three Horizon League regular season titles and two Horizon League Tournament crowns.
Last season, Stevens and his Bulldogs entered the 2010 NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed and rolled through the tournament before being stopped three points short of the title in a 61-59 loss to Duke in the championship game. Butler finished its most successful season in history with a 33-5 overall record, including a perfect 18-0 slate in the Horizon League for the regular season title and collected the Horizon League Tournament crown. The Bulldogs also assembled the longest winning streak in the nation heading into the NCAA title game with a school-record 25 straight victories. The 33 wins in 2009-10 also marked a school and Horizon League record, breaking the previous high-water mark of 30 set by Butler in 2007-08.
Stevens, who has been at the Butler helm since the 2007-08 season, earned in 2010 his second consecutive Horizon League Coach of the Year honor and was named 2010 NABC All-District 12 Coach following his undefeated regular season conference run.
Stevens in his first year piloted the Bulldogs to a 30-4 slate, marking school and conference records for single-season victories, won the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA second round. In finishing with 30 victories, at 31 years of age, Stevens became the third-youngest NCAA Division I coach to achieve that mark.
After being slated to finish fifth in the league, Stevens in 2008-09 won his second Horizon League regular season title, earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 26-6 record. For his efforts, Stevens was named the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year and the Horizon League Coach of the Year.
Prior to being elevated to head coach, Stevens spent six years (2001-02 through 2006-07) as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs. During that time Butler posted a 131-61 (.682) record, captured at least a share of three Horizon League regular season titles, won a pair of Horizon League Tournaments and advanced to the 2007 and 2003 NCAA Sweet Sixteens and played in the 2006 and 2002 NIT. He began his career at Butler in 2000-01 as coordinator of basketball operations.
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