Purdue announces coaching change coming for women's basketball program
Purdue has announced that there will be a coaching change coming to the women’s basketball program.
Friday morning, Purdue announced that former basketball star Katie Geralds will be returning to West Lafayette to join the staff as an associate head coach for the 2021-22 season. That will begin her transition to head coach in 2022-23, replacing Sharon Versyp.
The change means the end of Versyp’s run at Purdue, which she began in the 2006-07 season. She will finish her career with the Boilermakers after 16 years in charge of the program. Purdue ended the 2020-21 season with a 7-16 record, which included a 4-14 mark in B1G play.
It was just the third time under Versyp that the Boilers ended a season with a losing record. In her time at Purdue, she’s posted a 301-192 record.
Welcome Home, @katiegearlds4❗
Associate Head Coach 👉 2021-22
𝗣𝘂𝗿𝗱𝘂𝗲 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗮𝗰𝗵 👉 Starting 2022-23 pic.twitter.com/Sy6BvlfyAp
— Purdue Women's Bball (@PurdueWBB) March 26, 2021
Geralds is a former Purdue basketball player who has been the head coach of Marian, an NAIA program located in Indianapolis. In eight years with the program, she’s compiled a 227-49 record and has won two national championships. In the Crossroads League, her teams have an overall record of 120-22, with over half of those losses coming in her first two seasons.
Geralds played at Purdue from 2003-07 and averaged 14.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Her best season came in her senior year, when she averaged 19.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest. Geralds then went on to be the No. 7 overall selection in the 2007 WNBA Draft, selected by the Seattle Storm.
She played in the league from 2007-13 before taking the head coaching job at Marian.