WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue head women's basketball coach Sharon Versyp retired after 15 seasons with Purdue on Thursday.
Versyp retired amid allegations of violating Purdue University's anti-harassment policy, however one former player denied the accuracy of those allegations.
Purdue Athletics released a statement on Thursday afternoon, saying in part:
"The Boilermakers' all-time winningest coach will step away as one of eight coaches across all sports at Purdue to reach the 300-wins plateau. An Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Versyp closes out a 25-year career in women's college basketball with a 418-257 record.
As part of a previously announced succession plan, Purdue alumna and 2007 All-American Katie Gearlds will take over as the ninth head coach in Purdue women's basketball history.
"Coaching at my alma mater has been the greatest honor of my professional life," Versyp said. "My purpose has always been to teach life skills through basketball: respect, hard work, discipline, selflessness, what it means to be part of a team.
"I am delighted that the alumna coaching tradition will continue with Katie Gearlds – it shows what a special program we have at Purdue. I believe that the team is in great hands with Katie and the entire staff.
"I am thankful for my close to 20 years here at Purdue and all of the people who have been such a positive and memorable part of my experience. I am ready to chase new dreams off the court."
Versyp led Purdue to four Big Ten Tournament Championships and two Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
She is succeeded by Katie Gearlds, who was already slated to take Versyp's spot during the 2022-2023 Season.