Penn State‘s Micah Shrewsberry hired to be the new head coach at Notre Dame, the school announced on Thursday. Shrewsberry is an Indiana-native who previously served as the head coach at IU South Bend and also spent time as an assistant at Purdue and Butler, among other in-state programs.
“We are so excited to have Coach (Shrewsberry) join the Notre Dame family,” AD Jack Swarbrick said in a statement. “Throughout this process, it reaffirmed for me that this job was among the best in the country as we had many great candidates express interest. During our two month process, we weekly reviewed our candidate pool and each week he (Micah) stayed at the top of our list due to his fit at the University and his commitment to the student-athlete experience. Not only do his personal & family values align with the University, but his dedication to the development of each member of his program as well.”
Shrewsberry was hired at Penn State two years ago and quickly built the normally middling program into a NCAA Tournament. The Nittany Lions reached the Big Ten Tournament final as the 10-seed, then won their first NCAA game as a 10-seed again over 7-seed Texas A&M.
Senior guard Jalen Pickett, who transferred to Penn State last year after Shrewsberry’s hiring, became the first AP All-American in program history this year, earning Second-Team honors.
But with that success and his ties to the state of Indiana and city of South Bend, Shrewsberry’s name quickly moved top of mind for the open Notre Dame job. Shrewsberry, who previously spent six seasons with Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics, was also brought up for the vacant Georgetown job that ultimately went to Ed Cooley.
“I’m very excited to be joining the University of Notre Dame family,” Shrewsberry said. “The combination of top notch academics, plus a long storied history of success on the basketball court, made this a very attractive job for me. The power of the Notre Dame brand, and the passionate alumni family, will allow us to recruit the brightest student-athletes from coast to coast. I can’t wait to get to campus and begin connecting with the students, faculty and staff which make this place special.”
The Irish have been led by Mike Brey for the last twenty-three seasons. They last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2022 and last reached the Sweet Sixteen in 2016.
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