2017-18 Women's Basketball
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 Crossroads: 0-0
2017-18 Women's Basketball Coaches
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Katie Gearlds
Head Coach - 5th Season
Alma Mater - Purdue '07
Phone: 317.955.6587
  • In her fifth season, head coach Katie Gearlds has taken the Marian University women's basketball program to new heights already.
  • In 2016-17, Gearlds led the Knights to their second-straight NAIA national championship, finishing with an all-time best 35-3 record. Marian won both the regular season and conference tournament titles in the Crossroads League.
  • Gearlds was named the NAIA Coach of the Year for the second-straight season in 2016-17.
  • During 2015-16, the Knights continued making strides under Gearlds' leadership. In her third season, she led the Knights to a new all-time best 32-6 record. Gearlds continued making an impact on the team and university, leading Marian to their first ever Women's Basketball NAIA National Championship Title.
  • In 2014-15, her second season, Gearlds led the Knights to an all-time best 28-6 (.824) record, which is the most wins in program history and the highest winning percentage in program history.
     
  • She also led the Knights to their second-ever trip to the NAIA Division II National Championship tournament after winning the program's first-ever Crossroads League Tournament championship.
     
  • She guided the Knights to a 13-game winning streak in 2014-15, which is the second-longest in program history. During that stretch, the Knights set the NAIA record for combined points in a game with a 135-124 win over Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), scored at least 90 points five times and surpassed the century mark three times.
     
  • Under her tutelage, the Knights garnered their best-ever record of 14-4 in the Crossroads League and finished second in the league for the first time since winning the regular season title in 2001-02. MU hosted all three Crossroads League Tournament games for the first time and earned the title for the first time.
     
  • She currently has a 44-22 (.667) career head coaching record and is 22-14 (.611) in Crossroads League play. She has seen Lakan Hasser-Smith earn all-league first team (2014-15) and second team (2013-14) honors and had two others honored by the league after the 2014-15 season. Jenna Sullivan, Kellie Kirkhoff and Joana Soeiro each earned all-freshman team honors, while Kaylee Walters (2nd team) and Jessica Almeida (honorable mention) also earned league honors.
     
  • Gearlds brings extensive collegiate and professional experience to her first head coaching position. Last season, she spent the year in Portugal and averaged 14.3 points per game for Alges where she was part of the league and cup championship teams. She spent two two seasons (2011-12) in Spain as a professional player, and she also spent three years (2008-10) in Greece where she played and served as an assistant coach. She also spent some of 2007 in Slovakia as a player.
     
  • The Beech Grove, Ind., native, was drafted as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm after graduating from Purdue University. From 2007-09, Gearlds saw action in 87 career games for the Storm and scored a career-best 20 points in 2008 in a game versus Atlanta.
     
  • At Purdue University, Gearlds finished her career as the fourth-leading scorer in Boilermaker women's basketball history. From 2003-07, she tallied 1,974 career points and tied for the single-season record for points with 707 in 2006-07. She is the seventh-fastest Boilermaker in program history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau after eclipsing the mark in just 80 games. She led the team in scoring in 2005-06 and 2006-07 and led the team to three Big Ten Conference regular season runner-up finishes as well as a pair of Big Ten Tournament championships. She led her team to four NCAA Tournament appearances with a NCAA Elite Eight berth in 2006-07, her senior year. She was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and earned first team honors both her junior and senior seasons. As a freshman, she was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten. She was also named a third team Associated Press All-American as a senior.
     
  • Gearlds was named the 2003 Indiana Miss Basketball after her senior season at Beech Grove High School. At Beech Grove, she scored 2,521 career points, which ranks her sixth in Indiana history. As a senior, she led the state with 30.1 points per game and also averaged 9.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 5.1 steals per game in leading Beech Grove to the IHSAA Class 3A state championship. She was named a Nike/WBCA All-American and was the 2003 Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year. She was also named first team all-state by the Associated Press as a junior and as a senior.
     
  • ​She assumed control of a program that has experienced unprecedented success over the five seasons prior to her hiring. MU went 95-58 over the last five years and competed in the the most competitive league in the NAIA and earned at least 18 victories in four the last five seasons. The Knights went to the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament for the first time in school history in 2010-11 after a school-record 23-8 season. Last season, the Knights went 16-14 and earned a trip to the Crossroads League Tournament.
     
  • Gearlds graduated from Purdue University in 2007 with a bachelor of science degree in sociology with minors in psychology and communications. She currently resides in Beech Grove, Ind.
     

 

THE GEARLDS FILE
Year
School
Overall Record
Conf. Record
Conf. Finish
National Finish
2013-14
Marian
16-16
8-10
5th
 
2014-15 Marian 28-6 14-4 2nd/CL Tourney champs Round of 32
2015-16 Marian 32-6 16-2 1st/CL Tourney Runner-Up National Champions
Totals
 
76-28 (.731)
38-16 (.704)
 
 

 


WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT KATIE GEARLDS...

"Katie is one of the greatest competitors that I have ever coached. She will carry this same competitiveness into her ability to coach, recruit and give back to the community. She's a bright young star and, without a doubt, Marian University hired a winner!"
-- Kristy Curry, University of Alabama Head Women's Basketball Coach

“Katie was one of the best players I have ever coached. Her confidence, understanding of and passion for the game is tremendous. She always had that winning attitude. She is just a great human being. Katie is a tremendous fit for Marian University. She will do a phenomenal job. She is a great teacher of the game who has a great mind. Having a player like that, as well as a WNBA player and professional player, come in and be able to guide young women on and off the court is fantastic. I think she will be exceptional with her attention to detail, her teaching skills, and understanding of what she needs to do in order to empower her young women to the next level both on and off the court. She will build a strong team chemistry and I think she will be exceptional.”
-- Sharon Versyp, Purdue University Head Women’s Basketball Coach

 

 
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Vicky Volonaki
Assistant Coach - 5th Season
Phone: 317.955.6587

Coach Vicky Volonaki is entering her 4th season as the lead assistant coach at Marian University.

A Greek National born in Sydney, Australia.

Coach Volonaki played 20 years of professional basketball, starting at the age of 16. She played in Greece, Spain, and Sweden. During her playing career she won four Greek Cups, one Greek Championship, one Spanish Cup, and one Eurocup Championship.

Coach Katie Gearlds on Volonaki: "Vicky's experience and knowledge of the game of basketball and of the way I want us to play is unmatched. Her attention to detail and work in individual skill development is a product of her being Greek. We are lucky to have her on board with us here."

 
Lakan Hasser-Smith
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Alma Mater - Marian '16
 
Skyler Gick
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
 
Jeremy Renz
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
 
Zac Shewmaker
Manager - 2nd Season