Matt Painter

Matt Painter (born August 27, 1970)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Purdue Boilermakers
Current conference: Big Ten Conference
Southern Illinois record: 25-5 (.833)
Purdue record: 447-203 (.688)
Overall record: 472-208 (.694)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2005-present Purdue
2004-2005 Purdue (assoc. HC)
2003-2004 Southern Illinois
1998-2003 Southern Illinois (asst)
1995-1998 Eastern Illinois (asst)
1994-1995 Barton (asst)
1993-1994 Washington & Jefferson (asst)

Matt Painter Facts

  • Matthew Curtis Painter
  • Born August 27, 1970
  • Hometown: Muncie, Indiana
  • Alma Mater: Purdue University (BS, 1994) / Eastern Illinois University (MS, 1998)
  • Played for four seasons with the Purdue Boilermakers under legendary head coach Gene Keady
    • Bruce Weber and Steve Lavin were both assistant coaches at Purdue when Painter was a player
    • Selected as team captain as a senior and named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention
  • First jobs were as an assistant at Washington & Jefferson (under Tom Reiter) and Barton (under Dave Davis) for one year each
  • Spent three years as an assistant at Eastern Illinois under head coach Rick Samuels
  • Hired by his former coach Bruce Weber to be an assistant on his Southern Illinois staff; Painter spent five seasons as an assistant at SIU and took over as head coach is 2003 when Weber left for Illinois
    • Went 25-5 and led the Salukis a MVC title and NCAA Tournament berth in his only season as SIU head coach
    • Left after the season to become the associate head coach and “head coach in waiting” at Purdue under Keady
  • Keady retired just one year later and Painter became the new Purdue head coach
    • Painter has won five Big Ten titles and two Big Ten Tournaments and has been to the NCAA Tournament with Purdue fifteen times in nineteen seasons, including seven  trips to the Sweet Sixteen; he’s been named Big Ten COY five times
    • In 2023, Purdue became the second-ever 1-seed to lose their opening game to a 16-seed, falling to Fairleigh Dickinson
    • The following year, the Boilers again earned a 1-seed and reached the NCAA Final Four for the first time since 1980, finishing as Runner-up

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