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Posts Tagged ‘Siena College.’

Purdue rewards Matt Painter for ‘positive strides’ in basketball program with a new contract

compiled from staff, wire reports and Purdue Athletics

Purdue head coach Matt Painter, one of the youngest coaches in college basketball today, not only has financial security but security in recruiting as well. “When athletes are making early decisions, they want to know if the coach will be there during their college career. We’ve been able to prove it to them with the new contract,” he said.

Painter has signed a new contract that will keep him coaching the Boilermakers through the 2016-2017 season. Purdue University said on Friday that the contract calls for Painter to be paid a $1.3 million dollar base salary, plus up to $1 million in incentives for academic, athletic and attendance performance. The deal is retroactive to July 1 and will run through 2016-2017.

Matt Painter (PU)

Coach Painter has a 112-56 record in five seasons at Purdue. The Boilermakers went 29-6 and shared the Big Ten regular season title this season, winning two games in the NCAA tournament before losing to Duke, 70-57 in the Sweet 16. The Boilermakers tied the school record for wins while winning their first regular-season championship since 1996.

The 2008-2009 season, Purdue claimed its first-ever Big Ten conference tournament title en route to its first Sweet 16 appearance in a decade.

The Boilermakers were expected to contend for a spot in the Final Four before star forward Robbie Hummel went down during a late season game at Minnesota with a torn ACL in his right knee.  After Hummel’s season-ending injury, Purdue was picked by nearly everyone across the nation to lose to Siena College in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Boilers beat Siena and Texas A&M before losing to Duke.

With the team’s top three players returning next season: E’Twaum Moore, Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson,  for their senior years, Painter feels that Purdue will be in a good position for a Final Four push.

Iowa hires Fran McCaffery to replace Lickliter as men’s basketball coach

compiled from staff, wire reports and Iowa Hawkeyes athletics

The Iowa Hawkeyes have their man to head the men’s basketball program.  Athletic Director Gary Barta has convinced 50-year-old Fran McCaffery to leave the comforts of Mid-major Siena College to coach in the Big Ten Conference.

McCaffery went 112-51 in five seasons at Siena, leading the Saints to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Siena lost to Purdue in the first round of this year’s NCAA tournament and finished with a 27-7 mark.

McCaffery replaces Todd Lickliter, who was fired after Iowa went 10-22 this season. Once upon a time Iowa was one of the top programs in the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes went 38-58 under Lickliter while dropping to the bottom of the league.

Eventhough Iowa was starting to be on target for improvement in 2010-2011, Gary Barta let Coach Lickliter go right after the Big Ten tournament on March 15.  Barta cited several reasons: Bad recruiting, a losing record, sagging attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dwindling revenue from ticket sales and contributions when he let Lickliter go. Also, the general concensus around Iowa City was Todd Lickliter was a good man and a good coach but he was “out of his league” coaching at Iowa and in the Big Ten.

Fran McCaffery Iowa Coach (Siena photo)

The Hawkeyes last made the NCAA tournament in 2006, losing to Northwestern State on a 3-point goal at the buzzer.  Then coach Steve Alford left for New Mexico following the 2007 season.  Alford in the meantime has built the Lobos into a dominant force in the Mountain West Conference, Iowa hasn’t had a winning season since he left. The feeling is that it is tough for any coach to recruit at Iowa. Plus other basketball programs in the state are more attractive to play at: Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa State in Ames and Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, is now the kingpin in the state over Iowa.

With that in mind, Coach McCaffery’s first duties will be is to keep the current Hawkeyes key players around to rebuild the program. They include: Matt Gatens, Aaron Fuller, Eric May and Cully Payne.

Fran spent six years at North Carolina Greensboro, compiling a record of 90-87, before taking over at Siena College before the 2005-2006 season.  McCaffery also coached Lehigh  for 3 years, guiding it to the NCAA tournament in 1988, before leaving to become an assistant at Notre Dame.

McCaffery is a Philadelphia native and has taken three different teams to the NCAA tournament.  He played college basketball at Wake Forest and Pennsylvania.