Apr 4, 2011
Missouri State Hires Purdue Assistant Lusk

The last week of Paul Lusk’s life has been pretty crazy. First, rumors swirled that his boss, Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter, would leave the program to take over at Missouri.

And just as Painter’s decision to stay was settled, it turned out that Lusk would be the one leaving.

Saturday afternoon in Springfield’s Meyer Alumni Center, Lusk was introduced as the 17th men’s basketball coach at Missouri State.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, when asked if Painter’s decision had him in a holding pattern, Lusk told the crowd of Bears boosters, It had me in an emotional wreck pattern.

His own decision turned out to be much easier than Painter’s. Lusk met with Missouri State athletic director Kyle Moats on Thursday, and a day later Lusk chose the Bears over other schools who were reportedly interested in him.

“I was just so impressed with Kyle and his vision, Lusk said. It was very important that we go with the right people. The right people are here.”

Lusk has agreed in principle to a five-year contract, which will be finalized and then approved by the MSU Board of Governors in May, according to the school.

Lusk served the previous seven years as an assistant coach at Purdue, the past three as associate head coach for Painter. He replaces Cuonzo Martin, who left after three years to become the coach at Tennessee.

A 1995 graduate of Southern Illinois, Lusk and his wife, Melanie, have a daughter, Madison, and a son, Jackson. The couple both earned their Masters of Science in Education from Missouri State in December 2000.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/04/02/2771792/missouri-state-welcomes-lusk-as.html#ixzz1IZQlBezJ Missouri State Hires Purdue Assistant Lusk

Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/04/02/2771792/missouri-state-welcomes-lusk-as.html

The last week of Paul Lusk’s life has been pretty crazy. First, rumors swirled that his boss, Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter, would leave the program to take over at Missouri.

And just as Painter’s decision to stay was settled, it turned out that Lusk would be the one leaving.

Saturday afternoon in Springfield’s Meyer Alumni Center, Lusk was introduced as the 17th men’s basketball coach at Missouri State.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, when asked if Painter’s decision had him in a holding pattern, Lusk told the crowd of Bears boosters, It had me in an emotional wreck pattern.

His own decision turned out to be much easier than Painter’s. Lusk met with Missouri State athletic director Kyle Moats on Thursday, and a day later Lusk chose the Bears over other schools who were reportedly interested in him.

“I was just so impressed with Kyle and his vision, Lusk said. It was very important that we go with the right people. The right people are here.”

Lusk has agreed in principle to a five-year contract, which will be finalized and then approved by the MSU Board of Governors in May, according to the school.

Lusk served the previous seven years as an assistant coach at Purdue, the past three as associate head coach for Painter. He replaces Cuonzo Martin, who left after three years to become the coach at Tennessee.

A 1995 graduate of Southern Illinois, Lusk and his wife, Melanie, have a daughter, Madison, and a son, Jackson . The couple both earned their Masters of Science in Education from Missouri State in December 2000.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/04/02/2771792/missouri-state-welcomes-lusk-as.html#ixzz1IZQlBezJ






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