May 6, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Purdue head men's basketball coach Matt Painter filled the remaining vacancy on his coaching staff on Friday with the announcement that Greg Gary will join the Boilermakers as an assistant coach.
The Anderson, Ind., native brings 18 years of college coaching experience, including two as a head coach, to the Purdue bench. He has made seven postseason appearances as a college assistant, reaching the NCAA Tournament twice.
"I'm excited to add Greg Gary to our coaching staff," Painter said. "He has a great work ethic and a track record of success. We're looking forward to him arriving in West Lafayette to begin the next chapter of his coaching career."
Gary comes to Purdue from two stints at Duquesne, where he spent the 2007-08 and 2010-11 seasons as an assistant coach, sandwiched around two seasons as head coach at Centenary. Gary resigned from his post at Centenary after the school announced in July 2009 that it would seek reclassification as an NCAA Division III member.
A program that had won a total of 10 Summit League games in the four years prior to Gary's arrival, Centenary posted nine league wins in his two seasons at the helm.
Prior to arriving at Duquesne, Gary spent three seasons as an assistant coach at South Florida (2004-05 through 2006-07), helping the Bulls transition from Conference USA to the BIG EAST. While in Tampa, Gary worked with Bulls' big man Solomon Jones, who was drafted by Atlanta in 2006 and helped lead the Indiana Pacers to the playoffs this season as a fifth-year pro.
Gary served as an assistant coach under Perry Clark at Miami from 2000-04, helping lead the Hurricanes to the NIT in 2001 and the NCAA Tournament berth in 2002. During his tenure at Miami, Gary aided in the development of current NBA stars and James Jones and John Salmons, as well as former NBA player Robert Hite. He also served as the `Canes academic coordinator.
Gary spent six of his first seven years in the coaching industry at Tulane, helping guide his alma mater to the NCAA Tournament in 1995 and the NIT on four occasions. In his second stint with the Green Wave, he also served as the team's recruiting coordinator and coordinated the players' academic responsibilities.
At Tulane, Gary coached three players - Jerald Honeycutt, Linton Johnson and Chris Owens - who made NBA rosters.
Gary served as an assistant coach at McNeese State under current Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart for the 1997-98 campaign.
After graduating from Anderson Highland High School in 1988 and spending a year at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., Gary was recruited to Tulane by then-assistant Everhart. Gary was a vital component in the revitalization of a program that was dropped in 1985 and brought back in 1988, leading the Green Wave to the 1992 NCAA Tournament as a senior.
Gary graduated from Tulane in 1992 as the program's career leader in assists despite playing only three seasons in New Orleans.
"I'm extremely happy to join the Purdue family and work with Coach Painter," Gary said. "He and his staff have done a tremendous job in recent years. Coming home to Indiana has always been a dream of mine, and I'm excited to get there and join the crew."
With Gary's hiring, the Boilermakers' coaching staff is now entirely comprised of Indiana natives. Painter graduated from Muncie Delta, while assistants Jack Owens and Micah Shrewsberry are Indianapolis Washington and Cathedral alums, respectively.
"Basketball has always been more than just a game in the state of Indiana," Painter said. "As representatives of a state university, it's important that we have a staff that understands the pride and passion that Indiana natives have for basketball. Every member of this staff has that same pride and passion, and is excited for the opportunity to add to the state's rich basketball tradition."
Purdue, one of eight programs in the nation to win at least 25 games in each of the last four seasons, posted a 26-8 record in 2010-11, finished second in the Big Ten and made its fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.