July 16, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph is one of nine former Boilermakers selected to be enshrined in to the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, announced the Purdue athletic department Thursday.
“I am very honored to be inducted into the Purdue hall of fame,” Joseph said. “I am very proud of what we accomplished there and I cherish the great memories of helping to build the Purdue women’s basketball program into a national power. I appreciate the opportunity Purdue provided me to receive a degree from a great university doing what I loved…playing basketball.”
Joseph came to Purdue from Auburn, Ind. She was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and starter at guard from 1989 to 1992 for head coach Lin Dunn, becoming one of the most decorated players in Purdue and Big Ten history. Joseph helped put the Boilermaker program on the map, leading the team to a 96-23 record, including a 59-13 mark in the Big Ten, the program’s first conference championship in 1991 and two trips to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 1990 and 1992.
Purdue’s all-time scoring leader, male or female, with 2,405 points, Joseph is also the women’s career leader with 902 field goals made, ranks fourth with 463 free throws made and is seventh with 138 three-pointers made. She is women’s career assists leader with 628, as well. As a senior, Joseph was named first team Kodak All-American, USBWA All-American and Big Ten Female Athlete of Year. She also was named Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient. Joseph was Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1989.
The 2010 honorees will be recognized at an induction banquet at the Purdue Memorial Union on Sept. 24 and at halftime of the Purdue-Toledo football game the next day. Ticket information for the banquet, set to get under way at 6:30 p.m., is forthcoming.
The 2010 class was chosen by a select committee of Hall of Fame members, former student-athletes and current university administrators.
Joining Joseph in the 2010 class are:
* Jeff Bolin, track and field, 1971-74
* Gene Keady, basketball, 1980-2005
* Carl McNulty, basketball, 1950-52
* Henry Rosenthal, broadcaster, 1961-82
* Jerry Shay, football, 1963-65
* “The Three Amigos”: Troy Lewis, Todd Mitchell and Everette Stephens, basketball, 1985-88