Paul Lusk
Paul Lusk

Hometown:
New Baden, Ill.

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Experience:
Seventh Season

Alma Mater:
Southern Illinois '95



Paul Lusk is in his seventh season at Purdue, and his third as associate head coach after being elevated to that position of in July of 2008.

Lusk joined the Boilermaker coaching staff for the 2004-05 season under legendary head coach Gene Keady and has continued to serve under current head coach Matt Painter.

During his tenure at Purdue, Lusk has helped preside over one of the most prosperous periods in the history of the program. The Boilermakers have made four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Sweet 16 in each of the last two seasons, and won both a regular-season Big Ten championship and a Big Ten Tournament title.

In the summer of 2010, FoxSports.com included Lusk on its list of the nation's top-25 high-major assistant coaches.

Prior to his arrival in West Lafayette, Lusk spent the 2003-04 season as an assistant on Painter's staff at Southern Illinois, his alma mater. The duo guided SIU to a 25-5 record, an NCAA Tournament berth and a national ranking as high as 15th during their year together in Carbondale.

The New Baden, Ill., native began his coaching career at Southwestern Illinois College, where he was an assistant during the 1996-97 season before assuming the same position at Missouri Southern from 1999-02. Before joining Painter at SIU in 2003, Lusk served as head coach at Division III University of Dubuque for the 2002-03 campaign.

Lusk scored 1,031 points during his playing career at Southern Illinois, propelling the Salukis to three-straight NCAA Tournament berths from 1993-95. He garnered second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 1994 after averaging 15.2 points per game, and was named to the both the MVC All-Tournament Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete Team as a senior in 1995.

Prior to joining the Salukis, Lusk was a member of the University of Iowa basketball program during the 1990-91 season.

Lusk played professionally both in the United States and abroad after his collegiate playing days ended, earning two different invitations to the Phoenix Suns' training camp.

Lusk holds a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois and a master's degree from Missouri State. He and his wife, Melanie, have a daughter, Madison, and a son, Jackson.