Former Purdue great Katie Geralds has been hired as women’s basketball associate head coach.
The plan is for Gearlds to succeed Sharon Versyp as head coach at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season. Geralds played her senior season for Versyp in 2006-07, the first with Versyp at the helm. The tandem led Purdue to an Elite Eight appearance that season.
“First and foremost, I want to thank Mike Bobinski oach Versyp and Nancy Cross for believing in me,” Gearlds said. “Honestly, it just feels like I am coming home. I am thoroughly excited for the opportunity to help put Purdue back on the national scene. I believe we will accomplish great things in the years ahead, and am looking forward to being a part of the next chapter in Purdue women’s basketball history.
Gearlds has worked the last eight seasons at NAIA Marian University, winning national championships in 2016 and 2017. She is the winningest coach in Marian annals with a (228-50).
Geralds was a three-time NAIA national coach of the year who guided Marian to six consecutive Crossroads League regular-season titles, four league tournament championships and seven appearances in the NAIA Tournament.
“I am thrilled to welcome Katie back home to Purdue,” said Versyp. “Katie was one of the hardest working players I’ve ever had the good fortune to coach, and her character and leadership embodied everything we wanted in a student-athlete to represent our program.”
Gearlds was a three-year starter for the Boilermakers from 2004-07, appearing in 133 games with 100 starts. She ranks fourth in Purdue history with 1,974 points.
The Boilermakers won two Big Ten Tournament titles and never missed the NCAA Tournament with Gearlds, reaching three Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight.