Honorary Co-Chairs

Nathan Walker | Head Coach | Purdue Rowing & Crew Team

Nathan Walker was named the head coach of the Purdue Rowing & Crew Team in July 2021. He began his rowing career at Purdue in 2000.  He graduated with a B.A. in English Secondary Education and a minor in Philosophy in 2005.  He rowed Fall 2000 through Spring 2004.  He was voted Most Valuable Oarsman twice (’03, ’04) and he stroked the V8 in 2004 to a 2nd place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta.  In 2003 and 2004, Purdue Crew earned the Women’s, Men’s and Overall Team points trophies at both the SIRA and the Dad Vail regattas.

For the 2005-2006 academic year, Nathan served as the Novice Men’s Rowing Coach at Purdue where his novice men earned medals at both the SIRA and Dad Vail regattas.  This provided a great base for the Varsity Men over the next 3 years. 

In subsequent years, Nathan was the Head Coach for the Masters Women at Alexandria Community Rowing Club, the Head Coach at Fairfax High School, the Director of Rowing at The College of William and Mary Rowing Club, the Head Coach at Norcal Crew (a Middle & High School Club) and, most recently, the Director of Rowing at Culver Academies while also being the Associate Director of College Advising at Culver.

Nathan brings over 15 years of coaching and rowing program management across all levels of rowing; club, high school and collegiate environments.  He has a proven track record of successfully coaching teams to unprecedented levels of national competitive success and he is skilled at student-athlete mentoring, staff development, fundraising, program strategy, and fostering stakeholder relationships.

Sharon Versyp | Head Coach | Purdue Women’s Basketball

The winningest coach in Purdue history, a four-time Big Ten champion, head coach Sharon Versyp will enter her 16th and final season at the helm of her alma mater for the 2021-22 season. Just as she did as a player, head coach Sharon Versyp has put her stamp on the Purdue women’s basketball program. The former Boilermaker point guard has led Purdue to four Big Ten Tournament championships and two NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances in her 15 seasons as the head coach at her alma mater. She is the winningest coach in program history, with 301 victories on the Boilermakers sidelines, good for 20 per year, and her 20-year career record as a head coach stands at 418-257. She added the Boilermakers’ career Big Ten victories record to her list of accolades in 2018-19, collecting 136 at Purdue, and her 149 career Big Ten wins is fifth-most in conference history. Versyp’s current contract has secured her presence on the Boilermaker sidelines through at least the 2021-22 season. Now, after 15-year as head coach, Versyp announced she is retiring at the end of this school year. Purdue has hired former star player Katie Gearlds as associate head coach, who will succeed Versyp as the head coach in 2022-23.

Versyp has served the West Lafayette, Lafayette and surrounding communities in numerous capacities. As an invaluable member of several organizations, her service opportunities include the co-chair of the Lafayette Urban Ministry, Hunger Hike, the Community Cancer Network Carry the Torch Walk and the Community Cancer Network Hope on the Horizon fundraiser. Versyp has also been an integral part in developing the annual Beat Cancer Pinkout Game each season to help raise funds to combat breast cancer. In addition to several other community events, Versyp helps raise more than $200,000 annually for various causes that affect the Lafayette, West Lafayette and surrounding communities.