Glenn & Stacey Murphy Notre Dame head coach Micah Shrewsberry continues to fill out his staff with the additions of Grady Eifert and Tre Whitted. Both Eifert and Whitted were under Shrewsberry for both years at Penn State. Eifert will serve as Player Development and Recruiting Coordinator, while Whitted will step back into his role as Assistant to the Head Coach.
“I am very grateful to continue my coaching career with Coach Shrewsberry at Notre Dame,” Eifert explained. “His experience and leadership has taught me valuable lessons over the last several years. I am looking forward to being apart of the Notre Dame family!”
“It’s an absolute honor to rejoin Coach Shrews here at Notre Dame,” Whitted said. “His core values as a person, knowledge of the game as a coach, and determination as a leader are all inspiring. The rich history and success of Notre Dame Men’s basketball speaks for itself and I’m excited to be a part of it”
In Eifert’s role, he’ll produce all video utilized by the coaching staff for scouting, recruiting and game prep. In addition, he’ll assist with recruiting activities.
For Whitted, he’ll help manage shootarounds, practice plans and individual player workouts. Furthermore, he’ll assist with opponent scouts/breakdown of film, public relations and community efforts with Coach Shrewsberry and on-campus recruiting visits.
A Fort Wayne, Indiana, native and former Purdue student-athlete and graduate assistant, Eifert served as video coordinator in both years at Penn State under Shrewsberry.
Prior to following Shrewsberry to Penn State, Eifert spent the previous 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.
As a student-athlete, Eifert arrived at Purdue as a freshman walk-on before earning a scholarship as a sophomore and working his way to starting all 36 games as a senior for a Purdue squad that advanced the Elite Eight in his senior season. Eifert shot over 50.0 percent from the field during his senior season, a team-best 43.8 percent from three-point range and boasted an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.11 while leading the country in offensive rating. Eifert helped the Boilermakers to a pair of Big Ten championships in 2017 and 2019.
Eifert was named Purdue’s recipient of the 2019 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, the team’s Courage Award and Mr. Hustle Award. He earned a bachelor’s degree in selling and sales management from Purdue in 2019 and a master’s degree in organizational leadership and supervision in 2021.
Whitted previously worked under Shrewsberry for both years at Penn State (2021-23) as the Assistant to the Head Coach. Whitted owns more than 11 years of player development experience. A former NBA G-League assistant coach, Whitted also played professionally in the then NBA D-League and the Premier Basketball League (PBL).
Whitted was an assistant coach with the NBA G League’s Maine Red Claws, now Maine Celtics, during the 2019-20 season. He created and organized defensive drills, assisted with offensive analytics, scouting, and developed and trained key players. Whitted also served as a guest coach with the Boston Celtics during 2019 preseason training camp, where he participated in live drills and assisted coaches with player development segments of preseason training camp, summer league training and pre-draft workouts.
Whitted spent seven months as the head coach of the high school boys and high school girls travel teams with 3 Step Sports’ Blue Wave Basketball Academy. He served as the lead skill development coach and lead camp and skills clinic instructor while working with the largest youth sport event and club operator in the nation.
Whitted was the president and CEO of Groundwork Player Development from 2015-20. He handled all aspects of the company’s operations, spanning from grading top talent, lead coaching duties and program construction, and player acquisition and retention. Whitted also spent three years as a basketball skills trainer with Blizzard Athletics prior to his time with Groundwork Player Development.
Whitted played four years of professional basketball before entering the coaching ranks. He won a 2008 PBL Championship with the Rochester Razor Sharks before spending two years in the NBA G League with the Springfield Armor. Whitted was a co-captain for Springfield during the 2010-11 season.
Whitted put together an outstanding 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 three-pointers made. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a concentration in sports management and marketing.
Whitted originally hails from Wilmington, North Carolina, where he attended Laney High School, the same high school as basketball legend Michael Jordan. He was named a McDonald’s All-American honorable mention and North Carolina All-Star alongside NBA veterans Chris Paul and PJ Tucker.