Coming off its first NCAA tournament appearance in program history, the IUPUI women’s basketball program has a new coach. The school announced Thursday that Kate Bruce will take over for Austin Parkinson, who departed to lead the women’s basketball program at Butler University.
Bruce comes to IUPUI after spending six seasons at Walsh University, a Division II school in Ohio, where she led the program to four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. She compiled a 134-43, good for the most wins in program history.
“She emerged from a deep and talented candidate pool and impressed us with her winning background, her vision for continuing the program’s success and her ability to connect with her student-athletes,” IUPUI athletic director Roderick Perry said in a statement. to be an incredible addition to our department and a great leader for our young women. We’re excited to welcome the Bruce family to the IUPUI Athletics family. “
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IUPUI won the Horizon League tournament last season for the second time in program history, advancing to their first NCAA tournament behind a veteran-laden group that included four-time Horizon League Player of the Year Macee Williams. A number of players from last year’s Jaguars team have transferred to Butler, including the team’s second-leading scorer, Rachel McLimore, as well as freshman Anna Mortag. IndyStar Miss Basketball finalist Jessica Carrothers, who had originally committed to IUPUI, switched her commitment to Butler.
“I am very excited to be the next head women’s basketball coach at IUPUI. I would like to thank Chancellor Klein, Dr. Perry and the search committee for this incredible opportunity,” Bruce said in a statement. “My family and I are thrilled to become a part of the Indianapolis community. I look forward to building on the previous success of IUPUI women’s basketball that the university and Indianapolis communities can continue to be proud of.”
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Bruce has also spent time as an assistant coach with Florida Gulf Coast University, Youngstown State and Ohio State. She is FGCU’s all-time leading scorer.
She will be introduced as coach on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30 pm inside the Jungle on the IUPUI campus.
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