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Painter In Elite Company As WUG Head Coach

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As he prepares to leave for China with some of college basketball's top players and coaches, Purdue head coach Matt Painter does so as a member of a select fraternity of coaches who have led the United States in World University Games competition.

Painter is one of six active college coaches who have also doubled as a WUG head coach, joining Lon Kruger, Mike Krzyzewski, Oliver Purnell, Bo Ryan and Jay Wright. That group, comprised of some of the biggest names in the game, has combined to post a 2,914-1,350 (.683) record on the collegiate sidelines.

While the U.S. has medaled in men's basketball in each World University Games as the event heads into its 20th edition, Painter will look to become one of only four active college head coaches, and the first since 2005, to capture gold.

Painter's appointment to lead the U.S. into the 2011 WUG is not only significant in a national context, but also because it makes Purdue the only institution to produce two Team USA floor leaders for the World University Games.

Legendary former Purdue head coach and Painter mentor Gene Keady led the U.S. to gold at the 1985 iteration of the games in Duisburg, Germany.

With the official roster for the games set to be announced on Monday before the team departs for China, Painter and his staff will soon have the pieces in place to build upon Team USA's tradition at the World University Games.

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