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Ex-Boiler to coach IU women

Indiana has once again hired a former Purdue player to coach its women’s basketball team.

The Hoosiers hope Teri Moren is there longer than Sharon Versyp was.

Moren was announced Saturday as the replacement for Curt Miller, who stepped down in a surprise move on July 25, citing health reasons.

Moren coached Indiana State for the past five seasons, leading the Sycamores in 2013-14 to their first 20-win season in eight years.

“This is an unbelievable day for me and my family,” Moren said in a statement issued by Indiana. “It is a dream come true. I’m very grateful and blessed to become a part of the IU family.”

Moren rooted for the Hoosiers growing up in Seymour but played collegiately at archrival Purdue, where she graduated in 1992 after playing on three NCAA tournament teams.

Versyp, who starred at Purdue in the late 1980s, took over as Hoosiers coach in 2005 and led them to a 19-14 mark in her only season. She left to coach the Boilermakers and has been there ever since.

Like Versyp, Miller seemed to be the right coach in Bloomington for a program that has never had a lot of success. He agreed to a six-year contract when he left Bowling Green in 2012 to replace Felisha Legette-Jack.

In Miller’s first year, Indiana improved to 11-19. The Hoosiers went 21-13 this past season, including three wins in the NIT.

One of the keys for athletic director Fred Glass was finding a candidate who could maintain the momentum started by Miller.

“Not unlike our recent head baseball coaching search, we were very pleased with the extremely high caliber of coaches who expressed interest in this position,” Glass said in the statement. “Teri emerged early in the process as a lead candidate. I am confident with her at the helm, the future of Indiana women’s basketball is very bright.”

Moren also has been the head coach at the University of Indianapolis, for seven years, and an assistant at Butler for six, Northwestern for two and Georgia Tech for three.

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