2016-17 Women's Basketball
Record: 35-3 Home: 16-1 Away: 11-1 Neutral: 8-1 Crossroads: 17-1
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Katie Gearlds
Head Coach
4th Season
Alma Mater - Purdue '07
Phone: 317.955.6587
  • In her fourth season, head coach Katie Gearlds has taken the Marian University women's basketball program to new heights already.
  • 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.


Overall Record
Conf. Record
Conf. Finish
National Finish
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
76-28 (.731)
38-16 (.704)



"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


2016-17 Women's Basketball Roster
Roster for 2016-17 Women's Basketball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
1Jessica AlmeidaSRG5-9Lisbon, PortugalCochise College
11Joana SoeiroJRG5-7Aveiro, PortugalJose Augusto Lucas
12Kellie KirkhoffJRG5-5Indianapolis, Ind.Roncalli HS
15Rachel TitzerFRG5-9Indianapolis, Ind.Roncalli HS
21Candace DanzFRG5-9Trafalgar, Ind.Indian Creek HS
22Julia TitusFRC6-0Eaton, OhioEaton HS
23Karen JonesSOF5-10Pittsboro, Ind.Tri-West HS
24Jenna SullivanSRG6-2Brookston, Ind.Frontier HS
25Anastacia KirbySRF5-11Kokomo, Ind. Kokomo HS
31Katie ErnstbergerJRG5-5Pekin, Ind.Eastern HS
33Sarah CorbinSOF5-9Mooresville, Ind.Mooresville HS
34Dejah CyrusSOF5-9Marion, Ind.Marion HS
Katie Gearlds - Head Coach - 4th season - Purdue '07
Vicky Volonaki - Assistant Coach - 4th season
Mark Parker - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
Lakan Hasser-Smith - Assistant Coach - 1st season - Marian '16
Skyler Gick - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Jeremy Renz - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Zac Shewmaker - Manager