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Saturday, April 02, 2011 | Men's Basketball
Missouri State Hires Paul Lusk as Basketball Coach
Lusk will be introduced at a news conference Saturday (April 2) at 1:30 p.m. in the Turner Hospitality Room at the Meyer Alumni Center. The news conference will be streamed live through www.MissouriStateBears.com.
Lusk and his family came to Springfield Friday and met with Missouri State President James E. Cofer, Sr., and Board members. The new coach met with Bears’ players late Friday night. .
"Paul is a quality person, an excellent coach and will be a tremendous addition to Missouri State and the Springfield community," said MSU Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. "He is a proven winner and has had success at every level. I know our fans will embrace Paul and his family as part of the Bears' family and make them feel at home right away."
The 40-year-old is a native of New Baden, Ill., and spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach at Purdue. When Cuonzo Martin accepted the Missouri State job in 2008, Lusk was promoted to the Purdue associate head coach position under Matt Painter. In the summer of 2010, he was named by FoxSports.com as one of the nation's top 25 high-major assistant coaches.
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.
His collegiate playing career began in 1990-91 at Iowa before he found a home at SIU under coach Rich Herrin. He helped guide the Salukis to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1993-95), earning All-Missouri Valley Conference second-team honors in 1993-94. His 15.2 scoring average as a junior set the stage for an equally-impressive senior campaign in which he earned a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete and All-Tournament teams. He finished his career in Carbondale with 1,031 career points.
Lusk played professionally both in the United States and in Argentina after his collegiate playing days, earning two different invitations to the Phoenix Suns' training camp.
Missouri State’s new sideline boss replaces Martin, who resigned on March 27 to accept the top post at Tennessee. Martin was 61-41 in three seasons with the Bears with postseason trips to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in 2010 and the National Invitation Tournament in 2011 along with Missouri State’s first ever Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title in 2010-11.
The Missouri State Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve the terms of a memorandum of understanding and granted authority to Dr. Cofer to hire a coach during the closed session of its regularly-scheduled meeting Friday in West Plains. The Missouri Sunshine Law requires that personnel decisions made in closed session be released within 72 hours.
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