I was already excited when it was announced that Katie Gearlds would be joining Purdue Women’s Basketball next season to learn behind Sharon Versyp before becoming the Head Coach in 2022-23... After having the honor of talking to her, I could not be more ecstatic about the new era of this storied program. Coach Gearlds is as real as they come, full of energy, and puts a lot of emphasis on building relationships with her team. I could not think of a better fit for Purdue than the former Boilermakers All-American.
You can watch the full interview using the link below and scroll down for an outline of the conversation. Hope you guys enjoy, Boiler Up!
During the interview, Coach Gearlds & I discussed:
- The whirlwind over the last few weeks since accepting the job.
- What this period has looked like in terms of practice, recruiting and getting acclimated.
- Why she felt now was the time to make the transition from NAIA Marian to Purdue.
- How are herself and Coach Versyp working together this year to help her take over the reigns the following season?
- Her growth as a player and leader in four years at Purdue.
- The relationship she has formed with Coach Versyp.
- Why this is a “dream come true” for her to be coaching Purdue Women’s Basketball.
- Looking back at her amazing playing career and the path she took.
- The success she had at Purdue & being an All-American as a senior.
- Why she is more proud of her coaching career than her playing career.
- Interacting with LeBron James at the 2003 McDonald’s All-American Games.
- Her message to Purdue Boilermakers fans on becoming the new leader of the program.
- AND MORE!