Paul Lusk

Paul Lusk (born November 14, 1971)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: Purdue Boilermakers (Head coach: Matt Painter)
Current conference: Big Ten Conference
Teams coached: Dubuque Spartans, Missouri State Bears
Dubuque record^: 2-23 (.080)
Missouri State record: 106-121 (.467)
Overall record^: 108-144 (.429)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2014)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present Purdue (asst)
2018-2021 Creighton (asst)
2011-2018 Missouri State
2004-2011 Purdue (asst)
2003-2004 Southern Illinois (asst)
2002-2003 Dubuque
1999-2002 Missouri Southern (asst)
1998-1999 Southwestern Illinois (asst)

Paul Lusk Facts

  • Paul Lusk
  • Born November 14, 1971
  • Hometown: New Baden, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: Southern Illinois University (BA, 1995) / Missouri State University (ME, 2000)
  • After two years at Iowa, spent three seasons playing for head coach Rich Herrin at Southern Illinois
    • Helped lead the Salukis to the NCAA Tournament each year (1993-95) and earned All-MVC Second Team honors in 1994
  • First coaching jobs were assistant positions at Southwestern Illinois College and Missouri Southern State
  • Spent one season as the head coach for D-III Dubuque, finishing with a 2-23 (1-17) record
  • Returned to his alma mater SIU to work as an assistant under head coach Matt Painter
  • Followed Painter to Purdue in 2004, where he was first an assistant under Hall of Fame head coach Gene Keady for one season and then under Painter for six seasons
  • Left in 2011 to become the head coach at Missouri State, replacing another former Purdue assistant, Cuonzo Martin
    • Led the Bears to a 20-win season and CIT berth in 2014, his third year on the job
    • Fired in March 2018 after seven seasons at the school, 106-121 overall record
  • Joined Greg McDermott‘s staff at Creighton in April 2018, spending three seasons as an assistant with the Bluejays
  • Returned to Purdue in 2021, rejoining Matt Painter‘s staff as an assistant coach
  • Along with his wife, Melanie, has one daughter and one son

Paul Lusk Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division III levels