After Meeting Coach, Coleman Faces Decision

By McGraw, Mike | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 10, 1996 | Go to article overview

After Meeting Coach, Coleman Faces Decision


McGraw, Mike, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Mike McGraw Daily Herald Sports Writer

Stevenson's Katie Coleman finally met the new women's basketball coach at Purdue.

Now Coleman must decide whether she wants to be a part of the new regime.

Nell Fortner, who was named head coach at Purdue two weeks ago, visited the Coleman house on Wednesday night. Also on the trip was assistant coach Carolyn Peck.

"She just came basically to introduce herself and say they still want Katie to come to Purdue," said Jim Coleman, Katie's father. "Nothing that surprised me.

"It's up to us now basically. She made it sound like she'd back us whatever we did."

Purdue's coaching job became available when Lin Dunn was unexpectedly fired on March 25.

In nine seasons, Dunn compiled a 206-68 record and took the Boilermakers to seven NCAA Tournaments.

Coleman signed a letter of intent with Purdue in November. After Dunn was fired, Coleman asked to be released from the letter of intent.

According to Jim Coleman, Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke initially agreed to grant a release, then denied ever making that offer.

Five of Purdue's seven remaining players asked for and received releases from the school. So far, one has announced plans to transfer.

One other high school senior - Andrea Honeycutt from College Park, Ga. - out of the Boilermakers' five incoming recruits also asked for a release.

When she was hired at Purdue, Fortner was working as an assistant coach for the United States women's Olympic team. She plans to return to the national team in July. …

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