Painter to be Inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
Credit Source: Purdue University Athletics
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that Purdue head coach Matt Painter will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the organization’s 60th class.
The induction class will be honored in a ceremony to held at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 23, 2022.
Painter has earned national acclaim during his tenure as head men’s basketball coach at Purdue University. In his 17th season as head coach in West Lafayette, the Boilermakers have five Sweet 16 appearances, 12 NCAA Tournament berths, three Big Ten regular-season championships and a Big Ten Tournament title.
Entering the 2021-22 season, he is the third-winningest coach in Purdue history with a 355-184 (.659) mark and a 380-189 (.668) career record, which includes one season leading Southern Illinois. At the time of this announcement (Nov. 30, 2021), Painter’s current team is ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 6-0 record, tying the highest ranking in Purdue basketball history.
The 2019 NABC National Coach of the Year, he has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year more than any other active coach, receiving the recognition four times, ranking tied for third in league history with the four accolades.
Painter is a 1993 graduate of Purdue, he was a senior captain and remains among the program leaders in career assists. His prep career at Delta High School included school records in career scoring (1,497) and assists. As a senior, he set Delta’s record for single-season scoring, averaging 27.7 points along with 9.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game, leading the Eagles to a 21-4 record, a sectional championship and his selection as a 1989 Indiana All-Star.