Painter's Contract Extended

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him on the Boilermaker bench through the 2012-13 season. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"I'm very excited about the future of Purdue basketball," Painter said. "I'm thankful for the commitment that Morgan Burke and the university have made to our program. We are thrilled about the forthcoming renovations to Mackey Arena.

"Over the past three years, we have received a great deal of support from fans, alumni and students. I'm honored and thrilled to be able lead the men's basketball program for the next six seasons."

Burke likes the direction the men's basketball program is heading.

"Matt is putting his mark on the Boilermaker men's basketball program," said Burke, now in his 14th year as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

"I know he has the passion, knowledge and understanding to position Purdue basketball among the elite programs in the country. We are pleased to provide this endorsement of the work he has done to date."

Senior Associate Athletics Director Nancy Cross agrees with Burke's assessment.

"In my two years working closely with men's basketball, it is clear to me that the program is ascending to great things," said Cross.

"Matt and his staff have demonstrated the attributes needed to take this program back to high levels of success on and off the court."

Painter became Purdue's 18th men's basketball coach on April 1, 2005. In just his second season at the helm, Painter led the Boilermakers to a 22-12 record, a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten and into the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

During the 2006-07 season, the Boilermakers posted the fourth-best win improvement in the country and won a school-record 16 homes games. Painter is 31-31 in his two seasons at his alma mater and 56-36 in his three seasons as a head coach.

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