OT: Versyp getting done at Purdue

Posted by: turkeyman on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 7:48 am

  After lots of recent criticism from fans -- Purdue chat board posters are pretty strident -- and after failing to make the NCAA tournament this year, Sharon Versyp has arranged to step down after one more year at Purdue.

  Purdue has hired Katie Gearlds, who played for Versyp in Versyp`s first year at Purdue (2006-07). Gearlds replaces Melanie Balcomb as associate head coach, and she is to take over as HC after the 2021-22 season. Gearlds has been coach at Marian in Indianapolis, an NAIA school, and won two national championships there. Her first five teams at Marian went 143-34 (.808). A couple of Boilermakers have entered the transfer portal in the past few days. Unknown whether the coaching change caused that.

  Balcomb coached Xavier (Ohio) in 2001 when it upset Tennessee in the Sweet Sixteen. The next year, she brought XU here for the Dead River tournament -- those were the good ole days -- and lost both games, the second to Maine. She went on to Vandy. She famously said coaching at Vandy was tought because all her players were smarter than she was. She committed a great faux pas at the banquet for the Dead River. After Green Bay`s coach, Kevin Borseth, had told the crowd, "I`ve heard nothing but good about this tournament," Balcomb tried to copy him but said, instead, "I`ve heard nothing good about this tournament." She caught her gaffe right away, of course, but it got both a gasp and a big laugh.

  Odd to note that three highly successful Maine coaches have gone on to high-profile jobs, and none will be coaching after `22. Joanne Palombo, Versyp and Trish Roberts. Palombo, of course, to Michigan State and Duke, Versyp to Indiana and Purdue and Roberts to Michigan. BTW, Palombo`s book "Secret Warrior" is a great read. It`s about her battle with bipolar disorder, and offers some background into her days both at and since her eight years at Maine. She writes fondly of being at UMaine.

  Bob Neal, New Sharon 

Posted by: mainejeff on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 9:10 am
turkeyman wrote:

  After lots of recent criticism from fans -- Purdue chat board posters are pretty strident -- and after failing to make the NCAA tournament this year, Sharon Versyp has arranged to step down after one more year at Purdue.

  Purdue has hired Katie Gearlds, who played for Versyp in Versyp`s first year at Purdue (2006-07). Gearlds replaces Melanie Balcomb as associate head coach, and she is to take over as HC after the 2021-22 season. Gearlds has been coach at Marian in Indianapolis, an NAIA school, and won two national championships there. Her first five teams at Marian went 143-34 (.808). A couple of Boilermakers have entered the transfer portal in the past few days. Unknown whether the coaching change caused that.

  Balcomb coached Xavier (Ohio) in 2001 when it upset Tennessee in the Sweet Sixteen. The next year, she brought XU here for the Dead River tournament -- those were the good ole days -- and lost both games, the second to Maine. She went on to Vandy. She famously said coaching at Vandy was tought because all her players were smarter than she was. She committed a great faux pas at the banquet for the Dead River. After Green Bay`s coach, Kevin Borseth, had told the crowd, "I`ve heard nothing but good about this tournament," Balcomb tried to copy him but said, instead, "I`ve heard nothing good about this tournament." She caught her gaffe right away, of course, but it got both a gasp and a big laugh.

  Odd to note that three highly successful Maine coaches have gone on to high-profile jobs, and none will be coaching after `22. Joanne Palombo, Versyp and Trish Roberts. Palombo, of course, to Michigan State and Duke, Versyp to Indiana and Purdue and Roberts to Michigan. BTW, Palombo`s book "Secret Warrior" is a great read. It`s about her battle with bipolar disorder, and offers some background into her days both at and since her eight years at Maine. She writes fondly of being at UMaine.

  Bob Neal, New Sharon 

Seems like they all chose the money and brighter spotlights with mixed results.

Posted by: parquetfloor on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 9:46 am
mainejeff wrote:

Seems like they all chose the money and brighter spotlights with mixed results.

And the last 2 made millions and will retire, enjoy life with no financial worries. 

Posted by: mainejeff on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 9:48 am
parquetfloor wrote:

And the last 2 made millions and will retire, enjoy life with no financial worries. 

1. Agreed.

2. Possibly.

3. They may or may not enjoy life.

4. No financial worries, eh?  Not so sure about that one....money tends to make some people have exponentially more financial worries.