Purdue men's basketball head coach Matt Painter announced on April 13 that Creighton assistant coach Steve Lutz has joined the Boilermakers' coaching staff.
The 44-year old Lutz helped Creighton to its most successful stretch in school history and is widely considered one of the top recruiters in the country.
"I'm excited to welcome Steve Lutz to our coaching staff," Painter said. "Steve has a passion and energy for this profession and a track record of success both in recruiting and on the court. He has worked for a great person and coach in Greg McDermott and helped them achieve great success at Creighton. We're looking forward to his arrival in West Lafayette and for him to start working with our guys and hitting the recruiting trail."
"I have always had respect for Coach Painter and Purdue University and was thrilled when he offered me the opportunity to join his staff," Lutz Said. "When you think of Purdue basketball from the outside, you immediately think of the culture, family and toughness that it represents. There is an incredible passion to be successful here and that is evident by how the fanbase, the administration and the coaching staff approaches everything they do. This is a great opportunity for myself and my family and I am ready to help Purdue basketball win a national title. I'm excited to dig in and get to work."
Lutz spent the previous seven seasons at Creighton (2010-11 to 2016-17), helping the Bluejays to a 166-82 combined record, four NCAA Tournament appearances, a pair of conference tournament championships and a regular-season title. The 29 wins during the 2011-12 season were a school record as the Bluejays won the Missouri Valley regular-season title and finished the year ranked No. 19 in the country. In three seasons from 2011 to 2014, the Bluejays won 84 games. During his time at Creighton, he helped the Bluejays to an 11-3 record against teams from the Big Ten.
This past year, the Bluejays were considered a legitimate Final Four contender, reaching as high as No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and opening the season with a 13-0 record featuring wins over Wisconsin, Nebraska, Arizona State, Seton Hall, Ole Miss and North Carolina State. The Bluejays were 18-1 when starting point guard Maurice Watson went down with a knee injury, hurting Creighton's chances.
His recruiting efforts were central in the Bluejays landing five-star center Justin Patton in the fall of 2015 as well as All-Big East guard Marcus Foster (Kansas State transfer). After a redshirt season, Patton was the Big East Freshman of the Year and was 1-of-12 finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year award. He is projected to go anywhere from Nos. 12 to 19 in the upcoming NBA Draft after averaging 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while recording an astonishing 72 dunks during his rookie season.
Working with big men, Lutz played a role in helping develop 2014 National Player of the Year Doug McDermott, a consensus first-team All-American and winner of the Wooden, Naismith, Associated Press, NABC, USBWA and Sporting News Player of the Year accolades. McDermott ended his Creighton career, the first four years that Lutz was in Omaha, as 1-of-3 players in college basketball history with 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds while setting an NCAA record with 135 double-figure scoring games.
As Creighton's recruiting coordinator, Lutz helped assemble the nation's No. 8-ranked non-BCS recruiting class in the fall of 2010. This year's class is currently ranked No. 24 by Rivals.com and 35th nationally by ESPN.com.
Prior to his time at Creighton, Lutz spent the previous four seasons (2006 to 2010) as an assistant coach at SMU. During his time in Dallas, Lutz served as the recruiting coordinator for the Mustangs. His first two recruiting classes were ranked in the top-35 nationally by Hoop Scoop Online. Those recruiting classes included Conference USA All-Freshman honorees Paul McCoy (2008-09) and Papa Dia (2007-08). In his fourth season, SMU finished with its most wins, highest league finish and highest conference tournament seed since joining Conference USA before the 2005-06 season.
Lutz has 22 previous seasons of experience as a college assistant. He also spent four seasons at Incarnate Word in his hometown of San Antonio, followed by a season at Garden City (Kansas) Community College and six years at Stephen F. Austin.
His teams have totaled a 386-239 record for a .618 winning percentage.
At Stephen F. Austin, Lutz served as the Lumberjacks' recruiting coordinator and assisted in all phases of game preparation under coach Danny Kaspar. Two of his recruiting classes were ranked tops in the Southland Conference. In six seasons at Stephen F. Austin, the Lumberjacks went 93-76, including a 71-44 mark his final four years.
Lutz also spent four seasons as an assistant to Kaspar at Incarnate Word in San Antonio. During those four seasons, the Crusaders went 99-20, winning three regular-season Heart of Texas Conference titles and capturing the conference postseason tournament in each of his final three seasons. He also spent one season at Incarnate Word as the head golf coach.
While at Incarnate Word, the Cardinal improved their final NAIA regular-season national ranking each year, finishing 23rd, 10th, ninth and first, respectively. He also spent the 1999-2000 season as an assistant to Jeremy Cox at Garden City Community College where his team went 24-9 and finished third in the Jayhawk Western Conference.
Lutz played basketball for three seasons at Texas Lutheran and served as the team captain as a senior. He earned his undergraduate degree from Texas Lutheran in 1995 and his M.Ed., at Incarnate Word in 1997. Lutz played one season at Ranger Junior College prior to his arrival at Texas Lutheran.
Lutz and his wife, Shannon, have two daughters, Caroline (14) and McKenna (11), and one son, Jackson (4).
Greg Gary is in his seventh season as an assistant coach at Purdue, having joined the staff in May 2011. His on-court focus centers on the development of the Boilermakers’ wing and post players.
The Anderson, Indiana, native is a 20-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, including two seasons as a head coach. He has made 11 postseason appearances as a college assistant, reaching the NCAA Tournament five times.
A year ago, Purdue led the Big Ten in 3-point percentage and free throw percentage while ranking second nationally in assists per game. Purdue’s wing players helped the Boilermakers shoot 40.3 percent from long distance, smashing a school record for 3-pointers in a season. Vincent Edwards and Dakota Mathias earned All-Big Ten accolades and freshman guard Carsen Edwards was a major factor in Team USA winning the bronze medal at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup.
Two years ago, Gary’s guidance was significant in the improvement of Vincent Edwards, Ryan Cline and Dakota Mathias. Edwards made a jump from the power forward to small forward position and led the team in assists while ranking second on the team in scoring and third in rebounding.
In 2014-15, Gary had a large impact on the development of Rapheal Davis, Mathias and Kendall Stephens, helping the Boilermakers to their first NCAA Tournament since 2012. Gary’s tutelage helped Davis become the Big Ten’s best defensive player, while also improving his offensive game. In Big Ten games only, Davis averaged 12.2 points per game, a 5.3 points per game improvement from his sophomore to his junior season. He has also improved his three-point shooting 132 points from his freshman (.250) to his junior year (.382).
Stephens made 73 three-pointers in 2014-15 as a sophomore, ranking 10th on the single-season list. And Mathias was playing his best basketball of the season late in his freshman campaign, making almost 40 percent of his three-point attempts over his last 10 games. Gary’s first season in West Lafayette was a successful one, as he helped guide the Boilers to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth year in a row. Forward Robbie Hummel was named an honorable mention All-American and received first-team All-Big Ten recognition after leading Purdue in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots.
Hummel was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft, becoming the eighth player to be drafted by an NBA franchise or spend time on an NBA roster after receiving Gary’s guidance.
In 2012-13, Gary oversaw an influx of youth in the Boilermaker frontcourt and helped guide center A.J. Hammons through one of the finest freshman seasons in program history. Hammons earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors after finishing the season with averages of 10.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. He led the Big Ten with an average of 2.3 blocks per contest in league play, and wrapped up the campaign ranked second on Purdue’s freshman charts in blocks (67), third in rebounds (204) and sixth in points (359).
Gary has also made a big impact on the recruiting trail, working the fertile state of Ohio the hardest. He helped land Vincent Edwards and Mathias in the 2014 class, which was ranked in the top 25 nationally.
Gary came to Purdue from two stints at Duquesne, where he spent the 2007-08 and 2010-11 seasons as an assistant coach, sandwiched around two seasons as head coach at Centenary. Gary resigned from his post at Centenary after the school announced in July 2009 that it would seek reclassification as an NCAA Division III member.
A program that had won a total of 10 Summit League games in the four years prior to Gary’s arrival, Centenary posted nine league wins in his two seasons at the helm.
Prior to arriving at Duquesne, Gary spent three seasons (2004-05 through 2006-07) as an assistant coach at South Florida, helping the Bulls transition from Conference USA to the Big East. While in Tampa, Gary worked with big man Solomon Jones, who was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 2006 and has played parts of seven seasons in the NBA.
Gary served as an assistant coach under Perry Clark at Miami from 2000-04, helping lead the Hurricanes to the NIT in 2001 and the NCAA Tournament in 2002. During his tenure at Miami, Gary aided in the development of current NBA players James Jones and John Salmons, as well as former NBA player Robert Hite. He also served as the `Canes academic coordinator.
Gary spent six of his first seven years in the coaching industry at Tulane, helping guide his alma mater to the NCAA Tournament in 1995 and the NIT on four occasions. In his second stint with the Green Wave, he also served as the team’s recruiting coordinator and oversaw the players’ academic responsibilities.
At Tulane, Gary coached three players - Jerald Honeycutt, Linton Johnson and Chris Owens - who spent time on NBA rosters.
Gary served as an assistant coach at McNeese State for the 1997-98 campaign. After graduating from Anderson Highland High School in 1988 and spending a year at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., Gary transferred to Tulane. He was a vital component in the revitalization of a program that was dropped in 1985 and reinstated in 1988, leading the Green Wave to the 1992 NCAA Tournament as a senior.
Despite playing only three seasons in New Orleans, Gary finished his career as Tulane’s all-time leader in assists, and now ranks fifth (370). He is second in career assist-to-turnover ratio (1.97).
Gary earned a B.S. in sport management from Tulane in 1992. He and his wife, Claudia, have four daughters, Gabrielle, Logan, Alexandra and Brooklyn, and son, Nash.
Brandon Brantley enters his fifth year as an assistant coach at Purdue.
Head coach Matt Painter tabbed the former Boilermaker captain to fill the vacancy on his coaching staff on August 14, 2013.
Brantley spends the majority of his on-court duties coaching Purdue’s big men. A year ago, he helped in the development of Caleb Swanigan, who was named a consensus first-team All-American, the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award winner and the Big Ten Player of the Year. Swanigan was a completely different player from his freshman to sophomore season under Brantley’s guidance. In addition, junior center Isaac Haas led the Big Ten in points / 40 minutes and ranks seventh on Purdue’s career field goal percentage list.
Swanigan finished the season as the first player in college basketball since Tim Duncan to average at least 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game and is the only player in college basketball in the last 31 years to have 640 points, 430 rebounds and 100 assists in a season. His 436 rebounds as a sophomore were the most in school history.
During the 2015-16 season, A.J. Hammons was named first-team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-America while freshman Swanigan was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team. In addition, the Boilermakers led the country in points scored on post-ups and ranked third nationally in rebound margin, setting a school record in the process. Swanigan led the league in rebounding as a freshman.
Hammons ended his career ranked 17th on the school’s career scoring list, third in rebounds and second in blocked shots and is 1-of-2 players in Big Ten history with 1,500 career points, 900 rebounds and 340 blocked shots.
Three years ago, Purdue’s two big men, Hammons and Haas were the key components in the Boilermakers’ return to the NCAA Tournament, combining to average 19.5 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game with 121 blocks while shooting 248-of-461 (.538) from the field between them.
In addition, Hammons was named second-team All-Big Ten after leading the Big Ten in blocks for the third straight year, while Haas was selected to try out for the US National Team’s contingent for the Pan-Am Games.
Hammons became the first Big Ten player in 35 years and just the third ever to tally 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 250 blocked shots by the end of his junior campaign.
During his first season at Purdue, Brantley played a center role in Hammons’ improvement, who earned a spot on the Big Ten’s All-Defense team after blocking 96 shots, the second most in a season in school history, while recording six double-doubles during Big Ten play, the most of any player in the league. With his guidance, the Boilermakers’ 168 blocked shots a year ago were the second most in school history, while ranking fourth in the Big Ten in rebound margin, the highest mark for a Painter-coached team at Purdue.
Brantley has made a solid impact on the recruiting trail as well, recruiting the fertile grounds of Indianapolis and nationally in the search for Purdue’s next dominant big man.
Brantley has extensive experience on the sidelines, spending the last two years with Basketball University and as the EG10 AAU Under-16 head coach. During his time with the EG10 Under-16 squad, he guided the team to the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions title in Atlanta during late April of this past year.
Brantley also spent time in the Indianapolis Pro-Am Summer League from 2008 to 2012, where he was the head coach to several NBA and NCAA Division I players in the AAU and summer league circuits.
From 2006 to 2010, Brantley was the head JV basketball and assistant coach at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, where he assisted in coordinating youth programs and student study tables.
Brantley was key figure in Purdue’s run of success in the Big Ten Conference in the mid-90s. He helped the Boilermakers to three Big Ten Championships, serving as the team captain of the 1995-96 squad that posted a 26-6 overall record, a 15-3 Big Ten mark and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s West Region.
During his time at Purdue, Brantley competed on three NCAA Tournament teams (1994-96) and one NIT Tournament squad (1992). He finished his career appearing in 129 games, scoring 803 points with 591 rebounds and 114 blocks, the seventh most in a career in Purdue history. He was honored with the team’s Courage Award in 1995, the Doc Combs “Play Hard” Award in 1996 and he shared the John Wooden Most Valuable Player Award in 1996.
Following his stint in West Lafayette, Brantley participated in the Indiana Pacers Training Camp and then played professionally in Spain, Finland, England, Italy, Greece, France and the American Basketball Association (ABA). Brantley won rebounding titles in four different leagues and was a four-time MVP, earning English League All-Star Team honors in 2000.
He was a member of the Purdue Athletic Advisory Council and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Restaurant and Hotel Management.
Brantley and his wife, Michelle, live in Lafayette.
Director of Basketball Administration and Operations
Elliot Bloom is in his 10th year as director of basketball operations at Purdue after making the transition from his former position in the athletics communications department (formerly sports information). He is in his 17th year overall as a member of the Purdue athletic department, spending seven years in a sports information role.
In his current role, Bloom serves as the program's point person for scheduling and team travel, while also assisting in recruiting efforts and coordinating the team's weekly schedule. He also oversees Purdue's team of undergraduate student managers.
Bloom was the key point of contact for the Boilermakers' trips to Australia in 2008, Italy in 2012 and Spain in 2016. He handled the logistics for Purdue's trip to Chinese Taipei in August 2017 as part of the World University Games.
Bloom was the Boilermakers' communications contact from 2001-08, as well as the primary contact for men's and women's golf (2001-06), secondary contact for football (2001-06) and director of new media (2006-08).
Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2001, Bloom worked in the sports information office at Kansas for the 1999-00 season and Duke during the 2000-01 campaign. In his athletics communications experience, Bloom worked with Hall of Fame coaches Gene Keady, Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams, as well as current Boilermaker head coach Matt Painter.
Bloom graduated from Purdue in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. He and his wife, Monica, have a daughter, Lucy, and a son, Charlie.
Andrew McClatchey is in his first year in the newly created position of statistical analyst for the Purdue men's basketball team.
McClatchey arrives at Purdue after spending the previous two years at his alma mater, IUPUI, where he served as both a graduate manager and more recently, a statistical analyst. Prior to his time at IUPUI, he was an assistant coach at Anderson University. He recently became a co-founder of BAM Analytics, LLC, which provides statistical analysis to basketball programs around the country.
In 2013-14, he was an assistant coach/analyst for the boy's varsity team at his alma mater New Palestine High School.
He earned his master's degree in mechanical engineering from IUPUI in May 2016. He obtained his bachelor's degree from IUPUI in mechanical engineering, with minors in both mathematics and economics, while achieving a 3.93 grade-point average as an undergrad.
Graduate Student Manager
Joey Brooks is in his first year as a graduate student manager for the Purdue men's basketball program.
Brooks is a 2013 graduate of Notre Dame, where he was a four-year letterwinner under head coach Mike Brey. He was a two-time member of the Big East Academic Honor Roll and was appointed by Brey to the Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Brooks comes to Purdue after spending a year with SAP as a Senior Analytics Specialist. Prior to that, he spent time with Pure Sweat Basketball (NBA skills trainer), the Santa Cruz Warriors (basketball operations associate), the Marketing Arm (content strategist), Krossover Intelligence (basketball specialist, account executive and business development assistant), John Lucas Enterprises (NBA / NCAA Player Development assistant) and IBM.
Brooks is a native of Houston, Texas, where he enjoyed a standout scholastic career at Strake Jesuit College Prep.
Graduate Student Manager
D.J. Byrd is in his first season as a graduate student manager for the Purdue men's basketball program.
Byrd returns to the program after graduating from Purdue in 2013. During his time at Purdue, he played in 130 career games, scoring 890 career points and making 195 3-pointers, the sixth most in a career in school history. He helped Purdue to three NCAA Tournaments (2010, 2011, 2012) and was named the Big Ten's Sixth Man of the Year in 2012.
More recently, Byrd was the JV basketball coach at Franklin Community High School and he owned and operated RIMROC Basketball, an organization that provides Indiana youth with training opportunities, league games, tournaments and team camps.
Associate Director of Strength & Conditioning
One of the most highly regarded strength coaches in America, Josh Bonhotal is in his seventh season as director of strength & conditioning for the Boilermaker men's basketball team, having joined the program prior to the 2011-12 campaign.
Bonhotal's philosophy centers on increasing general strength and stability, while also removing limitations, deficiencies and imbalances. By doing so, he can focus on the development of strength, power and speed.
He also seeks to increase each student-athlete's motor vocabulary in order to provide the framework for Purdue's coaches can work to improve a player's basketball-specific skill set. He views training as a four-year process constantly guided by short-term goals and the desire to significantly increase a player's athletic efficiency and durability on the court.
Bonhotal played a critical role in the development of 2017 All-American Caleb Swanigan, helping Swanigan cut weight while developing improved quickness and explosiveness. Swanigan lost over 20 pounds from his arrival date to his selection in the NBA Draft.
Prior to his arrival at Purdue, Bonhotal spent nearly three years with the Chicago Bulls as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Bonhotal's duties with the Bulls included coaching athletes through all aspects of the strength and conditioning program, traveling with the team to manage player workouts and lead warm-ups, testing and evaluating NBA Draft prospects and coordinating recovery protocols. Bonhotal also served as a strength and conditioning intern with the Bulls following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin in 2006 with a degree in kinesiology.
Bonhotal's additional work experience includes a stint as strength and conditioning coach at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Winchester, Mass., and a sports performance internship at the International Performance Institute in Bradenton, Fla.
He worked in the UW sports conditioning department as a student assistant while pursuing his undergraduate degree, while also founding Get In the Game Sports Performance and serving as its director from 2004-07.
Bonhotal is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is also a certified Heartsaver AED through the American Heart Association.
He received a Master of Exercise Science degree from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, in December of 2011.
Chad Young is in his sixth season as the athletic trainer for the Boilermaker men's basketball team, having joined the program for the 2012-13 campaign.
Prior to his arrival at Purdue, Young served as the athletic trainer for men's basketball and women's swimming at Bowling Green University, while also overseeing the graduate assistant assigned to the Falcons' women's basketball and volleyball squads.
Young earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health education with a minor in athletic training from BGSU in 1999, and received his Master of Education degree in developmental kinesiology from the university in 2001. His tenure in the Bowling Green department of athletics began as a student trainer in 1996, and he later served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer before assuming full-time duties.
Director of Video Services
Nick Terruso is in his 14th season as video coordinator and 18th year overall with the Purdue men's basketball program. Beginning in 2009, Terruso was promoted to oversee the efforts of the entire Purdue athletics' video department.
Terruso assists the Purdue coaching staff with breakdown of game, practice and opponent films, while also coordinating film exchange with other schools and the taping of games from TV and satellite. Additionally, he assists with special team videos and projects.
Terruso was honored as the national Basketball Video Coordinator of the Year by the Collegiate Sports Video Association (CSVA) in June 2014.
After serving as a volunteer video coordinator at Purdue from 2001-02 and working as an intern in the athletics department at Duke University from 2002-03, Terruso was named a video graduate assistant for Boilermaker athletics in 2003. He held that position until 2005, when he was promoted to assistant sports video coordinator with men's basketball as his main focus.
The Plymouth, Indiana, native has served as assistant to the camp director for Purdue Basketball Camps since 2001. Terruso was also a student manager for the Boilermakers from 1997-01.
Terruso owns three degrees from Purdue, earning bachelor's degrees in biology and management in 2000 and 2001, respectively, and a Master's degree in sports management in 2006.
He and his wife, Lauren, have two sons, Henry and John.