May 4, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke announced today that head women's basketball coach Sharon Versyp has agreed to a one-year contract extension, which secures her presence on the Boilermaker sideline through the 2017-18 season.
The financial terms of the contract provide guaranteed compensation of $511,000 per year, with bonus opportunities tied to academic performance, athletic performance and paid attendance that could total up to an additional $520,000 annually. It is the fourth contract extension for the former Boilermaker point guard who became Purdue's eighth head coach April 10, 2006.
"This extension will keep Sharon at the helm of the program for six years and acknowledges Purdue's support for her leadership and the results achieved on her watch," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "We clearly believe our best days are ahead of us as we aim to win championships in the Big Ten and nationally. It is good to have one of our own leading the program."
In six seasons, Versyp has guided the Boilermakers to three Big Ten Tournament championships (2007, 2008 and 2012) and two NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances (2007 and 2009). She has a 136-70 record at Purdue (.660 winning percentage), including 21-8 in the postseason (.724 winning percentage), and is 253-135 in 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach (.652 winning percentage).
"Professionally, I am extremely appreciative of the tremendous commitment and support shown to me and my staff by President Córdova, Morgan Burke and the entire Purdue community," Versyp said. "My staff and I are committed to attracting the most talented student-athletes in Indiana and nationwide. It is our goal to maintain and elevate our nationally competitive basketball program in the years to come and continue to have outstanding students that display excellent citizenship and compete for championships.
"Personally, I am extremely thankful and blessed for the opportunities this new contract provides myself and my extended family."
All six of Versyp's recruiting classes have been rated in the top 15 nationally, including last fall's class of Hayden Hamby, Taylor Manuel, Joslyn Massey and April Wilson that was ranked as high as 13th.
Equally as impressive as the on-court accolades are the team's academic achievements under Versyp's guidance. For three straight years, the Boilermakers earned a team grade-point average of 3.10 or better, an improvement of nearly half a grade point from the year before she became Purdue's head coach.
Under Versyp's tutelage, three players have been selected in the WNBA draft: Katie Gearlds in 2007 (No. 7 by the Seattle Storm), Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton in 2009 (No. 13 by the Los Angeles Sparks) and Danielle Campbell in 2009 (No. 32 by the Indiana Fever). In addition, Brittany Rayburn recently signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Lynx.
The Mishawaka, Ind., native played for the Boilermakers from 1984 to 1988. She was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, her first year of eligibility.