Paul Lusk

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Paul Lusk
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Missouri State
Conference MVC
Record 88–106 (.454)
Biographical details
Born (1971-11-14) November 14, 1971 (age 45)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1997 Southwestern Illinois (assistant)
1999–2002 Missouri Southern (assistant)
2002–2003 Dubuque
2003–2004 Southern Illinois (assistant)
2004–2010 Purdue (assistant)
2011–present Missouri State
Head coaching record
Overall 88–106 (.454)

Paul Lusk (born November 14, 1971[1]) is an American basketball head coach. A former assistant coach at Purdue under Matt Painter, he was introduced as the new coach at Missouri State University on Friday, April 1, 2011. He was hired to replace Cuonzo Martin after he left for the head coaching position at Tennessee.[2]

Playing career[edit]

A native of New Baden, Illinois,[3] Lusk played high school basketball at Trenton (Wesclin) high school, leading the Warriors to the 1990 Class A state title with an 83-78, 2OT win over top-ranked Fairbury (Prairie Central). Lusk originally committed to the University of Iowa, but suffered a broken leg in his freshman year with the Hawkeyes and later transferred to Southern Illinois University where he played under longtime head coach Rich Herrin.[4]

Coaching career[edit]


Lusk was an assistant at Purdue University from 2004-11 under legendary coach Gene Keady and Matt Painter. From 2004-08, Lusk was on the staff along with longtime friend, Cuonzo Martin, who he would eventually succeed at Missouri State.


In Paul Lusk's first season as a head coach, the Bears entered the year with strong expectations and returned Missouri Valley Player of the Year, Kyle Weems. The team would go on to hold a 15-16 record. A major highlight of the season was a road victory over 21st-ranked Creighton in the opening game of conference play.


In Paul Lusk's second season as head coach, with a roster including six freshmen and only one returning senior, the Bears were the youngest team in the Missouri Valley Conference and one of the youngest in the nation. Struggling early in the season the Bears went 0-10 against Division I programs, only gaining 2 wins in their first 12 games against Division II teams. The Bears registered their first win over a Division I team on December 30, beating Southern Illinois University 70-59.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Missouri State (Missouri Valley) (2011–present)
2011–12 Missouri State 16–16 9–9 T–3rd
2012–13 Missouri State 11–22 7–11 T–8th
2013–14 Missouri State 20–13 9–9 T–4th CIT 1st Round
2014–15 Missouri State 11–20 5–13 8th
2015–16 Missouri State 13–19 8–10 T–6th
2016–17 Missouri State 17–16 7–11 T–6th
Missouri State: 88–106 (.454) 45–64 (.413)
Total: 88–106 (.454)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Player Bio : Paul Lusk". Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Missouri State hires Purdue associate head coach Paul Lusk to lead men's basketball program". The Washington Post. April 1, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Scott, Mike (April 1, 2011). "Paul Lusk Officially Named Missouri State Head Coach". Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ Donnelly, Michael (April 4, 2011). "Paul Lusk Is Named 17th Head Basketball Coach At MSU". Retrieved April 4, 2011.