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MaChelle Joseph to be Inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

Dec. 16, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Ind. – Georgia Tech’s head women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph has been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors announced on Tuesday.

Joseph, a native of Auburn, Indiana, played at DeKalb High School and then went on to have a storied career at Purdue University. Joseph is one of 11 members of the 2015 Women’s Induction Class that will be honored on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

“This is a huge honor for me and my family,” Joseph said. “We have tremendous respect for Indiana basketball and the rich tradition of greatness represented in its history. I am humbled to be included in this prestigious class of inductees. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to represent DeKalb High School and Purdue University and their basketball programs.”

As a senior at DeKalb High School, Joseph averaged a state-best 35.1 points per game. She was named both a Parade Magazine and Street & Smith All-American in 1988 and honored on the 1988 Indiana All-Star team. During her time at DeKalb, Joseph scored 1,633 career points and aided her team to a 90-12 record over four years. She scored 57 points in a single game during her time at DeKalb.

“I was taught the game from tremendous basketball minds in Gary Daub, my high school coach, and Lin Dunn, my college coach at Purdue,” Joseph said. “I was fortunate to be surrounded by my teammates throughout my career that made my success possible. I am very thankful to all associated with Indiana basketball during my AAU, high school, and college careers that helped me live my dream as a kid growing up in Indiana.”

After graduating from DeKalb, Joseph stayed in the state of Indiana for college, playing for Purdue University in the Big Ten.  A four-year starter for the Boilermakers from 1989-1992, Joseph is one of the most decorated players in Purdue and Big Ten Conference history as she garnered numerous conference and national accolades. After earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors as well as second-team all-conference accolades in 1989, Joseph was a first-team all-Big Ten selection in 1990, 1991 and 1992 and was named the Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior. She also earned Kodak All-America honors in 1992, when she was tabbed the Women’s Basketball News’ College Player of the Year.

Joseph graduated from Purdue as the all-time leading scorer in school (men or women) and Big Ten Conference history (2,405 points) and was the only player in conference history to rank in the top-10 in both points and assists. Joseph helped the Boilermakers reach the NCAA Tournament all four years, including the school’s first appearance in 1989 and a pair of trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1990 and 1992. Joseph was inducted in to the Purdue Intercollegiate Hall of Fame on Sept. 24, 2010, and was named one of Purdue’s “Legends of Mackey” in January 2012.  

Joseph is currently in her 12th season as head women’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech and has the highest winning percentage in program history. With 219 career wins, Joseph is just five wins shy of becoming the all-time winningest coach in program history. Joseph has had unprecedented success at the helm of the Yellow Jackets during the past 11 seasons. She owns a career-record of 219-138, and she is just the second head coach in the Yellow Jacket history to hit 200 career wins. Her 61 percent career winning percentage is the highest in Georgia Tech history.

Joseph has seven 20-win seasons and a matching seven NCAA tournament appearances, including six-straight from 2007 through 2012. Under Joseph’s direction, 17 Yellow Jackets have garnered All-ACC accolades. Two Jackets have been named All-ACC First Team members since Joseph became the head coach in 2003. Six freshmen have been named to the All-ACC Freshman Team, including one a year from 2011 to 2014. Tyaunna Marshall was named an AP honorable mention All-American in both 2013 and 2014.

Joseph has coached six Jackets that were selected in the WNBA Draft. Both Alex Montgomery and Sasha Goodlett were chosen in the first round of the WNBA Draft in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Joseph was named the Georgia College Women’s Coach of the Year twice in her tenure and five of her players were recognized as the Georgia College Players of the Year.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 14th Annual Women’s Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The day’s events will include a free reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum that afternoon and a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis. Reservations are available online now and tickets for the banquet will be made available in 2015. Call the Hall at 765-529-1891 or visit for more information.




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