Aug. 24, 2009
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 2008-09 school year:
During 2008-09, 468 Purdue students participated in intercollegiate athletics. The equity rate stands at 54.9 percent for men (in 10 sports) and 45.1 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 38th - after three consecutive 35th-place showings - which ranks in the 87th percentile among NCAA Division I schools. The Boilermakers' 570 points were the second-most in school history, trailing only the 581 points in 2007-08. Twelve teams finished in the top half of the Big Ten (up from 10 a year ago) and 10 teams plus one individual earned NCAA postseason opportunities.
Noteworthy accomplishments included:
* Football: Old Oaken Bucket win, Joe Tiller's retirement as winningest coach in school history, seamless transition to Danny Hope as head coach
* Volleyball: Best overall record since 1985 and best conference record since 1987, fourth in Big Ten, NCAA Sweet 16, fifth consecutive NCAA appearance, one All-American (first since 1985)
* Soccer: Despite finishing third in the Big Ten was an NCAA bubble team
* Women's Cross Country: 10th in NCAA Great Lakes Region
* Men's Cross Country: 15th in NCAA Great Lakes Region
* Women's Basketball: NCAA Elite Eight, 16th consecutive NCAA appearance, Big Ten regular-season runner-up, one All-American
* Men's Basketball: NCAA Sweet 16, third consecutive NCAA appearance, Big Ten regular-season runner-up and tournament champion (first in school history)
* Women's Swimming & Diving: 21st at NCAA Championships, five All-America recognitions
* Men's Swimming & Diving: 13th at NCAA Championships (best finish since 1962), double national diving champion and three-time All-American David Boudia, three other All-America recognitions
* Wrestling: 23rd at NCAA Championships, one All-American
* Men's Indoor Track and Field: 59th at NCAA Championships, one All-American
* Women's Golf: 10th at NCAA Championships, individual champion Maria Hernandez (first in school history), two All-Americans, second straight Big Ten championship
* Men's Golf: Tyler Duncan qualified for NCAA Championships
* Softball: Second straight NCAA Tournament appearance - advanced to regional championship
* Baseball: Big Ten Tournament berth
* Women's Outdoor Track and Field: 20th at NCAA Championships, two All-Americans
* Men's Outdoor Track and Field: 52nd at NCAA at Championships, one All-American
* Women's Tennis: Improved from 11th to 6th in Big Ten under second-year coach
Overall, Purdue had two national champions (diver David Boudia and golfer Maria Hernandez), 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 Championships for men's swimming and diving and women's golf.
Purdue's student-athletes moved over 3.0 cumulative grade-point average for the first time (3.03) and continued for the 24th consecutive semester to perform better than the student body. The four-year average federal graduation rate fell below the student body by 3 percent and the graduation success rate stood at 77 percent, 2 percent lower than last year and equal to the Division I average. This latter metric, which factors in transfer activity, is not available for internal comparisons. If a student-athlete completes his/her eligibility at Purdue, 89 percent graduate.
Intercollegiate athletics is a self-supporting auxiliary enterprise and is forecasting a surplus of $20,000 on a revenue budget of $56.4 million for 2008-09. As in past years, about 70 percent of the revenue is attributed to football and men's basketball, and they use about half of it to pay their expenses with the remainder being used to support the other sports.
Steady progress has been made with the Mackey Complex fundraising. Presently, the total stands at $26.4 million toward the $32 million goal. Favorable construction and financing markets are an offset to a fundraising environment made understandably more challenging during these tougher economic times.
Construction on the Mackey Complex project is well under way, and it will positively affect the budget and the landscape of Purdue and remove significant remaining facility deficiencies in the complex. The 2009-10 academic year will be a busy construction period.
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 six schools in 2007-08 achieved the 25/85 designation," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "Over the last four years, we have been between the 80 and 90th percentile of the 300 Division I programs, and within the university's peer group - all Big Ten schools, Georgia Tech, California (Berkeley), Texas and Texas A&M - we have been between fifth and 10th during the same period. The entire peer group is in the top quartile of all Division I programs.
"The key is to ensure we have adequate resources, sound plans, and capable personnel. If we stay focused, success will come."