HOT: Don Voudrie Out, Mike McKee In at Purdue Calumet

Purdue University Calumet has announced the resignation of head men’s basketball coach Dan Voudrie, effective immediately.

“I want to thank Dan Voudrie for his time, effort, and commitment at Purdue Calumet,” Purdue Calumet Director of Athletics Rick Costello said. “We appreciate Dan’s years of service to our men’s basketball program and wish him only the best in his future endeavors.”

Mike McKee, who most recently served as an assistant coach at the University of Denver, will take over as interim head coach effective Dec. 28.

McKee, who has been serving as an Advance Scout for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, carries 18 years of collegiate coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level. He completed his eighth season as Associate Head Coach at the University of Denver in 2014-15. Prior to Denver, McKee served as an Associate Head Coach at the University of Richmond (2005-07) and Air Force Academy (2001-05), and as an assistant Lafayette College (1997-2001).

Current Purdue Calumet Assistant Coach Sam Weisenbach will serve as head coach for Tuesday’s (12/22) exhibition contest at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The Peregrines are 5-9 overall and 1-7 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season.

“My family has absolutely loved each day we have had the privilege of serving the young men and this university as coach,” Voudrie said. “Thank you to every individual that has made Northwest Indiana and Purdue University Calumet home to our family.”

Voudrie was named the fifth head coach in Purdue Calumet men’s basketball history in 2008, leading the Peregrines to an overall record of 88-132 in his eight seasons, including a trip to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals during the 2011-12 season. He had his best season in 2013-14, when Purdue Calumet finished 19-11 overall for the best winning percentage (.633) since the 1985-86 season and the most wins since 2003-04. Voudrie coached 15 all-CCAC performers, 10 CCAC Player of the Week honorees and one CCAC Freshman of the Year during his tenure, and the Peregrines were named the CCAC’s Champion of Character Team in 2010-12, the first-ever such award for the athletic department.

McKee’s Purdue Calumet coaching debut will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30, when the Peregrines host non-conference foe Marygrove (Mich.) College.

“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to step in as interim head coach at Purdue University Calumet,” McKee said. “Purdue Calumet is a wonderful university with a rich history.

“I look forward to helping this team grow in both confidence and skill. It’s a privilege to become part of the Peregrine family.”

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