1. Women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph has been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, which is a little bit like being inducted into the Kenyan long-distance running hall of fame. Joseph without question is one of the greatest basketball players the state has ever produced, which is saying something. The announcement was made Tuesday.
She was a high-school Parade All-American after averaging a state-high 35.1 points per game and a career in which her team at DeKalb High was 90-12. At Purdue, she was Big Ten freshman of the year, a three-time all-conference player, a conference player of the year and was national player of the year. She left Purdue as the all-time leading scorer (men or women) in conference history.
She is in her 12th season as Tech’s coach and is now four wins shy of becoming the all-time winningest coach in team history. She’ll be inducted April 25, 2015, an honor that would seem long overdue.
Joseph will join Tech great Roger Kaiser, who was a two-time All-American for the Yellow Jackets in 1960 and 1961.
2. This is a bit delayed, but golf coach Bruce Heppler was named the U.S. coach for the 2015 Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition between U.S. and European college golfers. Tech senior Ollie Schniederjans played on the U.S. team this past summer. The 2015 event will be played at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
This will be Heppler’s second time leading the U.S. team, having done so previously in 2003. Tech has been represented 10 times on the U.S. team by a player or coach since the event’s inception in 1997.
Heppler’s European counterpart is Jean Van de Velde, best known for triple-bogeying the final hole of the 1999 British Open when he could have won with a double bogey, and then losing the playoff.
3. Those of you who contributed to the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive are due congratulations, as this year’s drive set a record for donations –more than $11,000 and 2,400 toys. They’ve been distributed to the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Mission on the Move and the Ronald McDonald House associated with Egleston Children’s Hospital. By comparison, last year’s drive raised $6,500 and 1,500 toys.