New Penn State men’s basketball coach Micah Shrewsberry announced two final hires for his coaching staff on Monday morning with the additions of Tre Whitted and Grady Eifert.
Whitted will fill the role as the assistant to the head coach – a position formerly filled by former Nittany Lion Talor Battle. Meanwhile, former Purdue standout Eifert has been selected as video coordinator.
Whitted joins Shrewsberry’s staff after time spent in the NBA D League and the Premier Basketball League (PBL) in addition to 10 years of player development experience at various stops.
“Loyalty is a huge deal for me and I tried to reflect that in the way I put together our staff,” Shrewsberry said in a press release. “I’m thrilled to have Tre joining us. I coached him when he was a player at Marshall and am now looking forward to the great experience of working with him. The basketball knowledge that he has gained throughout his career will be very beneficial for our program. On top of that, he is a great person who our players and recruits will enjoy getting to know.”
“I’m extremely honored to be a part of such an incredible staff that is being led by Coach Shrewsberry, someone I’ve known since I was 18 years old,” said Whitted. “He is a great coach and an even better person. I look forward to being of service to our coaches, the community of State College, and playing a role in developing the student-athletes in our program.”
Whitted play his collegiate career at Marshall where he was coached by both Shrewsberry and current Penn State assistant coach Aki Collins. A four-year starter and three-year captain for the Thundering Herd, he finished his collegiate career ranked in the top five in school history in minutes played and top 15 in school history in 3-pointers made.
Eifert joins Micah Shrewsberry’s staff as video coordinator as a former student-athlete at Purdue.
“I’ve had a chance to work with Grady the last two seasons at Purdue,” Shrewsberry added. “He was very influential in helping me learn our system and help put our guys in the right positions to be successful. He played a key role in Purdue’s success as a student-athlete, so he knows what it takes to win in our league. That knowledge will be critical as we try to compete for Big Ten championships.”
“I am very thankful to be joining Coach Shrewsberry and his staff at Penn State. Spending the last six years at Purdue, four as a player and two as a graduate assistant, has been an unbelievable experience with memories I will always cherish. I want to personally thank Coach Painter for everything he has done for me and jump starting my coaching career. I cannot wait to get to work for Coach Shrewsberry. His passion, poise and incredible knowledge for the game is unmatched. I am excited to be a part of his team and joining the Penn State family. WE ARE!”
Eifert spent the last two seasons on staff at Purdue as a graduate assistant. His role included opponent scouting, film breakdown and helping with individual workouts and administrative duties. Prior to that Eifert played all 36 games in each of the last two seasons of his career at Purdue in 2017-18 and 2018-19.