Micah Shrewsberry, Penn State’s coach, will be hired by Notre Dame

Notre Dame is finalizing a deal to hire Micah Shrewsberry of Penn State as the school’s next head men’s basketball coach.

According to sources, Shrewsberry will sign a seven-year deal with the Fighting Irish. According to sources, he decided against Penn State’s lucrative long-term contract extension because he wanted to return home.

Shrewsberry helped the Nittany Lions reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011. They advanced to the Big Ten tournament championship game, where they were defeated by Purdue, after winning five of their final six regular-season contests. Penn State was a 10-seed in the NCAA tournament. In the first round, it beat Texas A&M, which was a 7-seed, and in the second round, it lost to Texas, which was a 2-seed.

Overall, the Nittany Lions went 23-14 and were 10-10 in the Big Ten.

Shrewsberry, 46, sees Notre Dame as a return to the state where he began his coaching career and where he grew up. Shrewsberry was born in Indianapolis and went to Hanover College before working as an assistant at Wabash College and DePauw University. He spent two seasons as head coach at Indiana University South Bend, where he got his start.

In 2007, Shrewsberry joined Brad Stevens’ staff at Butler, where he later worked under Matt Painter at Purdue before joining Stevens’ Boston Celtics staff. He worked as Painter’s assistant at Penn State for two more years before accepting the position in 2021.

Considered one of the sharpest offensive minds in college basketball, Shrewsberry helped produce reliably successful offenses at Purdue and afterward helped make the country’s No. 13-ranked offense in adjusted efficiency at Penn State this season.

Shrewsberry takes over at Notre Dame for Mike Brey, who announced in January that he would be leaving after 23 years in charge. The Fighting Irish went on to win 13 NCAA tournaments, three Sweet 16s, and two Elite Eights under Brey’s direction.