In a somewhat shocking way, Purdue Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Sharon Versyp, has decided to retire from coaching, per. Release from the program.
This was earlier than expected as she was to train one final season this year with the Boilermakers and then hand over the keys to Katie Gearlds at the end of the season. It can be assumed that this decision has to do with the accusations and the subsequent investigation that she contributed to a “toxic and hostile” environment.
Since this news broke out in August, things had been very quiet outside the program. It is quite possible that she should have her contract revoked and Purdue gave her the option to retire or she would not be a distraction for the program heading into the season. Either way, this is pure speculation.
Versyp is retiring as Purdue’s all-time winning leader in program history and the winning top ten tournament coach in conference history. Although her team had been in decline over the last handful of seasons, she is undoubtedly one of, if not the greatest coach Purdue Women’s Basketball has seen.
Now, Boilermaker loyalists will turn their attention to first-year head coach Katie Gearlds. After a stellar start to her coaching career at the NAIA power plant Marian (Ind.), She will look to lift a once-dominant program from the basement in the Big Ten.