Head women’s basketball coach Katie Gearlds is a finalist for Indy’s Best and Brightest award.
The honor, created by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Inc., recognizes 100 professionals under the age of 40 in 10 industry categories. Coach Gearlds’ nomination falls under “Media, Entertainment, and Sports.”
“We are proud to have Coach Gearlds lead our women’s basketball program,” Athletics Director Steve Downing said “Her commitment to excellence and ability to lead has brought Marian University great success and I can’t wait to see where she takes us in the future.”
The former Indiana Miss Basketball and Purdue University standout came to Marian University in 2013 for her first head coaching position. Within two years, Gearlds led the Marian University basketball team to its first automatic bid in the NAIA Division II tournament, winning the conference tournament and setting a school record for number of wins.
Prior to coming to Marian University, Gearlds’ played professional basketball abroad in Spain, Portugal, and Greece. She was drafted as the number seven overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm after graduating from Purdue University. At Purdue University, Gearlds finished her career as the fourth-leading scorer in Boilermaker women’s basketball history.
Winners of Indy’s Best and Brightest Award will be announced at an awards program set for October 15 at Ivy Tech Community College. It is the 12th year for the event. Finalists are selected for professional accomplishments, civic contributions, character, and leadership qualities. According to Junior Achievement, Best and Brightest recognizes “up-and-coming talent and the next generation of leaders in our community.”