WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Six years ago, Micah Shrewsberry left Purdue to join Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics.
Six years later, Shrewsberry is back with the Boilermakers.
Shrewsberry was named associate head coach for Purdue on May 10th.
It hasn't taken the Indianapolis native and Hanover College graduate long to notice a change in momentum not only with the men's basketball team, but also with the entire Purdue athletics department compared to when he was last employed in 2013.
"The buzz here is off the charts," said Shrewsberry.
Shrewsberry served as an assistant for Matt Painter during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. He spent the last six seasons with the Celtics.
Shrewsberry says it wasn't easy leaving Boston, but returning to West Lafayette made a huge difference.
"It was a hard decision," said Shrewsberry. "I thought about it for a long time. It helped coming back to a place that I was familiar with. It was going to have to be a special place, a special situation for me to leave Boston. Coming here is that kind of mix of timing and opportunity."
Since 2008, Shrewsberry has had the opportunity to work as an assistant for both Stevens and Painter.
Shrewsberry says the current Celtics head coach and Boilers' head man share a lot in common.
"They're both great people," said Shrewsberry. "What you see on TV is who they are and you don't get that with everybody. Some people show you something and they act a completely different way. Those guys are straightforward. They both love basketball. They're both basketball junkies but they both care about not only their players. They are about the guys that work for them. You enjoy working for a Brad Stevens, a Matt Painter because they want you to grow. They help you to grow. They want you to have success as well."