July 9, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As part of its strategic plan initiative, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will release comprehensive annual recaps. Following is a look back at the 2009-10 school year:
During 2009-10, 468 students participated in intercollegiate athletics. The equity rate stands at 57 percent for men (in 10 sports) and 43 percent for women (in 10 sports), which exceeds the university undergraduate gender distribution of 58 percent men and 42 percent women. Athletically related aid closely approximates the university's undergraduate student gender distribution.
In the Director's Cup rankings, Purdue placed 54th with 376.5 points. A record 14 teams finished in the top half of the Big Ten Conference (up from 12 a year ago), while 10 teams and two individuals earned NCAA postseason opportunities.
Noteworthy accomplishments include:
Football: Under first-year head coach Danny Hope, Purdue completed its transition from Joe Tiller's leadership. Sitting with a 1-5 record in mid-October, the Boilermakers began their ascent with a 26-18 win over seventh-ranked and eventual Rose Bowl Champion Ohio State at Ross-Ade Stadium. The victory snapped a 19-game losing skid to ranked opponents. Three weeks later, the Boilermakers defeated Michigan 38-36 for their first road victory since 2007 and their first win in Ann Arbor in 43 years. Moreover, Purdue beat Ohio State and Michigan in the same season for only the third time in school history (also 1984 and 2000). The Boilermakers closed the season with a 38-21 win at Indiana to keep possession of the Old Oaken Bucket and finished 5-7 overall and 4-4 (6th place) in the Big Ten. Junior defensive end Ryan Kerrigan earned first team All-Big Ten, second team All-America and second team Academic All-America honors, while classmate wide receiver Keith Smith joined him as a first team all-conference honoree.
Soccer: The women's soccer team advanced to its sixth NCAA Tournament. The Boilermakers posted a 12-6-3 record, making head coach Robert Klatte the first coach in Big Ten history to record double-digit wins in 10 straight seasons. The biggest of those 12 victories came August 28, when Purdue traveled to No. 6 Texas A&M and emerged with a 3-2 win after Sylvia Forbes tied an NCAA record for fastest goal scored by putting the opening kickoff in the back of the net four seconds into the game. At home, the Boilermakers earned an 8-1-2 mark to tie the program record for fewest losses in a season and posted a plus-19 goal differential that ranks as the second-best in program history. Forbes and Lauren Montenegro earned first-team All-Big Ten honors, while Liz Secue was voted to the second team and Vanessa Ibewuike was recognized on the All-Freshman Team. Purdue's senior class finished with a 58-21-12 record for a .703 winning percentage, earning the most wins and highest winning percentage by any graduating class in program history. Off the field, 14 of 21 eligible Boilermakers were named Academic All-Big Ten, while Jessica Okoroafo earned academic all-district and scholastic all-region honors, and Katie Seeger joined her on the academic all-district squad.
Men's Basketball: The 2009-10 campaign was a banner one for the men's basketball team, as the Boilermakers tied a program record with 29 victories en route to a share of their first Big Ten title since 1996 and a second straight trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. The Boilermakers matched the best start in program history with a 14-0 run to open the year and reeled off another 10-game winning streak in Big Ten play to capture a share of the league crown with Michigan State and Ohio State. The Boilermakers also finished the season with active streak of 44 straight weeks ranked in the Associated Press poll, a program record. Purdue's senior class finished with a program-record 103 wins, marking the first time in school history that the Boilermakers hit the century mark in a four-year span, while senior Keaton Grant established a new program standard by playing in 101 victories during his collegiate tenure. Juniors Robbie Hummel and E'Twaun Moore became Purdue's first All-Americans since 1994, and both earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. Moore became the first player since Troy Lewis in the late 1980s to lead Purdue in scoring for three straight seasons, while Hummel ranked second on the team in scoring (15.7) and rebounding (6.9). Matt Painter was his peers' selection as the Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Women's Basketball: The women's basketball team finished the 2009-10 season with a 15-17 record, including 9-9 in conference to finish fifth in the Big Ten regular season. Purdue advanced to the second round of the Postseason WNIT, defeating Eastern Michigan 56-50 before being edged out by Illinois State 59-57 to end the season. In January, the Boilermakers had back-to-back wins over ranked opponents, handing No. 4 Ohio State its first conference loss, 63-61 in Mackey Arena, followed by an 80-76 overtime victory at No. 23 Penn State. Individually, senior Jodi Howell, sophomores Chelsea Jones and Brittany Rayburn were named second team Academic All-District, while FahKara Malone was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team and Rayburn was named second team all-conference by the coaches and third team by the media. Malone set the school record for career steals with 351, moved into the 1,000-point club and became the first player since two-time All-American Katie Douglas to finish her career with more than 1,000 points, 300 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals. Howell finished her career as the Big Ten record-holder for career three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 188 of 455 treys for 41.3 percent. Purdue again was among the nation's best in home attendance, finishing fourth with an average rate of 9,043 fans during the regular season.
Women's Swimming and Diving: The women's swimming and diving team capped a landmark season, which included head coach John Klinge being named Big Ten Coach of the Year, with program-best showings at both championship meets. At the NCAA Championships, the Boilermakers had nine individuals earn All-America status and combine for 57 points that placed 16th in the country. The nine different All-Americans, who scored in a program-high seven different events, betters the previous program benchmark of five, while the 16th-place finish is an improvement over the 2005 squad's 17th-place showing. At the Big Ten Championships, Purdue scored 460 points, the most in program history, and finished fourth to tie the 1991 and 1992 teams for the best conference finish by the program. Throughout the season, 21 program records were broken in 13 different events, while the Boilermakers put together a 6-3 dual-meet record that is the best since 2004-05. Also, 13 freshman records were taken down in six different events by Klinge's first recruiting class. Outside of the pool, Purdue boasted the fourth-highest team grade-point in the country for the second straight semester during the 2009 fall grading period.
Men's Swimming and Diving: The men's swimming and diving team experienced immense success during the 2009-10 campaign, finishing 13th in NCAA's - a record. The Boilermakers were led by sophomore diver David Boudia, who earned national and conference Diver of the Year nods after winning two titles at each meet. Boudia won the 1-meter to open the NCAA Championships and become the first diver in NCAA history to win at least one crown from all three boards in a career. He also defended his 3-meter title to grab the fourth championship of his career, which ranks behind only Troy Dumais' seven and seven others tied with five for the most individual NCAA diving titles in a career. Adam Soldati was named national and conference Diving Coach of the Year after the Boilermaker divers scored 91 points at the NCAA Championships and 219 at the Big Ten Championships. Purdue had five different individuals earn nine All-America honors at the NCAA Championships, both of which are the highest in program history for a single championship meet. At the conference level, Purdue tied the highest finish in program history for the second straight season by placing fourth. The Boilermakers finished the regular season 8-1 in dual meets to become the second team in program history to lose just once. The eight wins, which included Purdue's first win in Bloomington since 1998, are the most since 2004-05.
Women's Golf: The women's golf team won the NCAA Championship, edging the University of Southern California by one stroke. The Boilermakers finished with a one-over par 1,153 - a school-record low score for 72 holes and the second-lowest four-round team score in NCAA Championships history. Purdue became the first Big Ten Conference women's golf team to win a national championship. Moreover, from 1993 through 2009, the national champion was either Duke or a Pac-10 Conference school all but once. Georgia was the exception, winning the 2001 championship. Junior Maude-Aimee LeBlanc finished tied for third with a four-round total of 281, tied for the second-lowest score in school history for a 72-hole tournament. Devon Brouse was named the National Golf Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Earlier, Purdue pulled off numerous three-peats at the 2010 Big Ten Championships, including a third consecutive conference team title. Freshman Laura Gonzalez-Escallon won the individual title by firing a conference and school-record score of 280 for four rounds. It marked the third consecutive individual conference championship for the Boilermakers. Gonzalez-Escallon was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Brouse earned his third straight Big Ten Coach of the Year award and fifth overall.
Women's Tennis: The women's tennis team won the most matches in program history while just missing a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Boilermakers finished with a 17-6 overall record, which bettered the previous season wins total of 16 set in 1982. Eleven of those wins were tallied at home for another Purdue record, surpassing the nine wins put up in 1998. Sophomore Jennifer Rabot earned All-Big Ten acclaim after tallying 26 singles wins, including an 18-4 mark in dual matches, and 27 doubles triumphs. Rabot teamed with senior Michelle Sammons for each of those doubles wins, which broke the season Purdue record for doubles wins by a duo of 24 that was set in 1989-90. Overall, four Boilermakers finished the season with 20 or more singles wins, and three more earned more than 20 doubles victories.
Overall, Purdue had two national champions (women's golf team and diver David Boudia), two Big Ten regular-season championship teams 20 All-America honors (by 15 student-athletes), 19 first team All-Big Ten selections and 150 Academic All Big Ten student-athletes. In addition, Purdue hosted the Big Ten and NCAA Championships for women's swimming & diving.
On the academic front, Purdue student-athletes continued over a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (3.04) and continued for the 26th consecutive semester to perform better than the student body. The NCAA graduation success rate (GSR) stood at 78 percent, 1 percent higher than last year and slightly better than the Division I average (77 percent). This latter metric, which factors in transfer activity, is not available for internal comparisons. If a student-athlete completes his/her eligibility at Purdue, 90 percent graduate.
Intercollegiate Athletics is a self-supporting auxiliary enterprise and is forecasting an operating surplus of $230,500 on an operating revenue budget of $52 million for 2009-10. Final numbers will be available in early August.
Steady progress continued with fundraising for the Mackey Complex project, albeit at a slower pace than anticipated. As of June 1, 2010, the total stood at $28.7 million, an increase of $2.4 during the past year, and 90 percent of the $32 million goal. The favorable construction and financing markets are an offset to the tougher fundraising environment. Overall, the Mackey business plan is in good order.
John Purdue Club membership is down 4 percent (showing a net gain in April and May) but annual giving is up 11 percent as of May 31, 2010. Scholarship-cost estimates for 2009-10 are $8 million. For comparison purposes, that figure was $5.2 million - or 54 percent lower - in 2003-04. It is anticipated that the John Purdue Club annual fund will generate between $6 million and $6.3 million in 2009-10 and, fortunately, because of efforts during the Campaign for Purdue to grow the athletic segment of the endowment, it will contribute about $1.3 million. So John Purdue Club reserves will need to be used to fund the balance of the scholarship bill and to fund John Purdue Club operations. This continues to be an area of emphasis.
Athletics has completed the obligation to increase the administrative support to the University from $590,000 in 2006-07 to $3.2 million in 2009-10 to $3.29 million in 2010-11. This boost is being funded by designating one-third of the new Big Ten television money for general university use. The balance of the Big Ten money is being used primarily to support operations and the Mackey Complex business plan.
So the books are balanced this year and will be next year. We are forecasting a $324,000 surplus in our operating budget in 2010-11 aided by .23 percent reduction in operating budgets.
The Mackey project is halfway complete, and it will positively affect our budget and the landscape of Purdue and remove significant remaining facility deficiencies in the athletic complex. The 2010-11 academic year will be a busy construction period with Mackey, baseball and soccer undergoing change.
In 1992, the Board of Trustees declared, "Purdue University is committed to creating a nationally recognized athletics program that is excellent in all respects and that such a commitment is consistent with the university's academic mission and reputation."
"We are committed to our strategic plan, knowing full well that only eight schools in 2008-09 achieved the 25/85 designation," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "Over the last five years, we have been between the 80th and 90th percentile of the 300 Division I programs and within the peer group, which is the same as the university's, we have been between 10th and 15th during the same period. The entire peer group is in the top quartile of the 300 Division I programs. While we are disappointed in our overall national standing this year, we believe the pipeline will show enhanced performance in the years to come. Evidence of this belief lies in our Big Ten performances, which overall ranks as the fifth-best in the past 20 years.
"The key is to ensure we have adequate resources, sound plans, and capable personnel. If we stay focused, we can succeed."