The Herald Bulletin

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College Sports

May 6, 2011

Back home again

Highland graduate Greg Gary joins Purdue's staff

ANDERSON, Ind. — Highland graduate Greg Gary had been waiting for the chance to come back to Indiana, and on Friday Purdue gave him the perfect opportunity.

Boilermakers men’s basketball coach Matt Painter announced Gary as his new assistant saying, “I’m excited to add Greg Gary to our coaching staff. He has a great work ethic and a track record of success. We’re looking forward to him arriving in West Lafayette to begin the next chapter of his coaching career.”

“Obviously, this is very, very close to where I grew up,” said Gary in a phone interview on Friday. “I know how much this means to people in this state. I always stick my chest out with pride at being from Indiana.”

Gary sandwiched a pair of single years as an assistant at Duquesne around two seasons as the head coach at Centenary.

He left Centenary to return to Duquesne after Centenary moved to NCAA Division III.

Gary has 18 years of coaching experience at places like South Florida, Miami and his alma mater, Tulane.

Gary graduated from Highland in 1988 and attended Aquinas College for a year before being recruited to Tulane.

“Matt and I have known each other for a long, long time,” said Gary. “When I did the interview, it was amazing that he remembered every score for when we played each other. Matt was a year behind me. He told me, ‘You beat us every year. You graduated, and you guys still beat us.’”

Painter’s staff is now made up entirely of Indiana natives.

Painter is from Delta, Jack Owens is from Indianapolis Washington and Micah Shrewsberry is from Cathedral.

“As representatives of a state university, it’s important that we have a staff that understands the pride and passion that Indiana natives have for basketball,” said Painter.

“Matt really wants all of his assistants to be well-rounded,” said Gary. “He wants them to be able to recruit and still be good on the court.”

Gary and his wife have four girls, and the family will soon be making the move back to the state.

“They’re excited,” said Gary of his girls’ reaction to his new post. “They will get to see their cousins and they will be close to their grandparents. I will be coming back to start work this next week.”

Greg’s brother Mark is excited to have him coming back to Indiana.

“We’re extremely happy,” said Mark. “I know it has been a goal of his to someday come back, and it has been a goal for our entire family. He has four girls, and they are all active in sports, but getting together hasn’t been easy. We’ve been Purdue fans for a long time, really since Troy (Lewis) went up there.”

Mark believes it is a great time to be part of the Purdue program.

“There aren’t too many schools (eight) to win at least 25 games over the past four seasons,” he said. “The facilities up there have just been upgraded. We’re excited to get the chance to go up and see Purdue play.”

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