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April 16, 2010

Versyp signs extension

Coach Sharon Versyp has agreed to a two-year contract extension, which secures her presence on the Boilermaker sideline through the 2014-15 season.

The economic terms of the contract were not changed and provide guaranteed compensation of $358,000 per year, with bonus opportunities tied to academic, athletic and paid attendance performance that could total up to an additional $325,000 annually. It is the second contract extension for the former Boilermaker point guard who became Purdue's eighth head coach on April 10, 2006.

"Sharon has a passion for Purdue and is one of the best at developing young people in all aspects of life," athletic director Morgan Burke said. "Her student-athletes succeed in the classroom, on the playing floor and in life. With the returning nucleus augmented by two of Indiana's finest (Courtney Moses and Dee Dee Williams) we all know this team is positioned to compete for championships. Sharon is a valued member of the broader Purdue community and we were happy to offer this extension."

In four seasons, Versyp has guided the Boilermakers to two Big Ten Tournament championships (2007 and 2008) and two NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances (2007 and 2009). She has a 90-49 record at Purdue and is 207-114 in 10 seasons as a collegiate head coach.

"I am appreciative of the support shown of me and my staff by President Córdova, Morgan Burke and the entire Purdue community," Versyp said. "This contract extension is continued evidence of the commitment between Purdue University and me, and an important step toward the growth of our program. We are dedicated to guiding Purdue to an elite level for many years to come while promoting academic achievement and good citizenship with our student-athletes."

All four of Versyp's recruiting classes have been rated in the top-15 nationally, including last fall's class of Moses, Williams and transfers Antionette Howard and Drey Mingo, which was ranked as high as sixth.

Academically, the women's basketball team's cumulative grade-point average has risen from 2.69 in 2005-06, the year before Versyp was hired to a 3.14 GPA. Seven Boilermakers hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and Purdue's six Big Ten Academic All-Big Ten selections tied for second most in the conference.

Under Versyp's tutelage, three players have been selected in the WNBA draft. In 2007, Katie Gearlds was the No. 7 pick by the Seattle Storm while in 2009, Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton was a first round selection at No. 13 by the Los Angeles Sparks and Danielle Campbell went to the Indiana Fever as the 32nd pick.

The Mishawaka, Ind., native played point guard for the Boilermakers from 1984 to 1988, and is set to be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 24, in Indianapolis.

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