In a press release issued by the school, Purdue University announced that they have agreed to a three-year contract extension with Matt Painter that will keep him on the Boilermaker sideline through the 2021-22 season.
Painter has been Purdue’s coach for the past 11 seasons and has led the team to a 238-134 record with eight appearances in the NCAA tournament during his tenure.
Since he took over as head coach in 2005, the Boilermakers have produced five players who went on to be picked in the NBA draft, including Carl Landry in 2007 and a first-round pick in JaJuan Johnson in 2011. Landry’s selection in 2007 ended a seven-year drought since Brian Cardinal was drafted in 2000. In 2011, Johnson became the first Purdue player selected in the first round since Glenn Robinson went first overall in 1994.
In Painter, Purdue will have an alumnus patrolling their sidelines for a total of 17 seasons if he sees his contract to it’s conclusion. In his four years as a point guard from 1989-1993, he started 50 games and overlapped with Glenn Robinson. That sort of institutional loyalty is probably not nothing in the recruiting process.
“I’m really excited about where we are as a program,” Painter said in the release. “Purdue is a special place with special people, and I’m humbled to be a part of it. There is no place I’d rather be, and I am excited to get the 2016-17 season started.”
Last season, Purdue went 26-9 and remained in the AP Poll’s Top-25 rankings for the entirety of the season. They were eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by 12-seed Arkansas-Little Rock in a game that went to double overtime. They open the 2016-17 season on November 11 at home against McNeese State.