May 15, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue head women's basketball coach Sharon Versyp has been named to the 2013 New England Basketball Hall of Fame. On June 22, Versyp will join other honorees representing a variety of categories including coaches, players, teams and special contributors at a ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.
Versyp, who is entering her eighth season as the head coach at her alma mater, coached at the University of Maine from 2001 to 2005, compiling a 98-51 overall record (.658 winning percentage), including a 67-19 America East Conference mark (.779 winning percentage). At Maine, her teams won three consecutive conference championships (2003, 2004 and 2005) along with the 2004 conference tournament title. Versyp was named America East Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2005.
At Purdue, Versyp has compiled a 161-79 record while leading the Boilermakers to four Big Ten Tournament championships, including a second-consecutive title this season. The Mishawaka, Ind., native has made six NCAA Tournament appearances at Purdue, advancing to the Elite Eight in 2007 and 2009.
Versyp was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in in 2010 in her first year of eligibility.
The June 22 event will include a series of afternoon panel discussions featuring a number of former NBA and WNBA players who will be inducted that evening, as well as famed coaches, such as John Calipari of Kentucky, former UMASS Coach. Renowned novelist, Harlan Coben, who was an outstanding player at Amherst, will be among the inductees, and will serve as an afternoon panelist.
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame event has become one of the largest sports dinners in America. At the last ceremony, the event welcomed over 1,600 people and was a sell out.
For further information, visit nebasketballhalloffame.com.