Nov. 20, 1997

Former Women's Basketball Coach Nell Fortner to Visit Purdue This Weekend

By Tom Schott

Nell Fortner, who took the women's basketball world by storm and led Purdue to a Big Ten Conference championship last season, will be back on campus this week.

Fortner, who coached the Boilermakers for one season before becoming head coach of the USA Basketball Women's National Team last April, is en route to Urbana-Champaign, Ill., for the State Farm Tipoff Classic on Sunday, Nov. 23. Fortner will be unable to attend the Purdue-Stanford game the same day.

Fortner was an assistant coach (under Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer) for the gold-medal winning 1996 U.S. Olympic team before coming to Purdue. She piloted the 1996-97 Boilermakers to a 17-11 overall record, including 12-4 in the Big Ten, and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She was named Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year by her peers and was one of 10 finalists for the Associated Press National Coach-of-the-Year.

Fortner's top assistant of a year ago, Carolyn Peck, is now head coach of the Boilermakers.