The Boilermakers host their first home meet this weekend.
Keith McBride became the Purdue men's and women's throws coach in August 2011 after spending seven years in the same position at Marshall University.
In his first year at Purdue, McBride helped lead then-sophomore Dani Bunch to two Big Ten Championships. Bunch won the weight throw title during the indoor season while claiming the outdoor shot put title. She was also runner-up in the indoor shot put. Under McBride's direction, Bunch was a double NCAA qualifier during the indoor season (weight throw, shot put) while also qualifying for the shot put in the outdoor season.
As a member of the coaching staff for just one season, McBride has already seen one school record fall. Bunch broke the indoor shot put record with a distance of 16.65m (54-07.50) which shattered the old mark by seven inches.
While at Marshall, McBride coached three women's school records. Those records came in the indoor and outdoor shot put as well as the javelin. Along with those records, McBride led his student-athletes to numerous top three marks in multiple events.
Prior to his coaching career, McBride was a standout for Purdue from 2001-04. As a sophomore in 2002, he finished runner-up in the hammer throw at the Big Ten Championships and fifth in the discus, earning him second team All-Big Ten honors. He was also named the team's most improved. In 2003, McBride achieved first team All-American status after placing 12th at the NCAA Championships in the hammer throw. In 2004, McBride was an indoor All-American after finishing runner-up at the NCAA Championships in the 35-pound weight throw. He also achieved first team All-Big Ten status during outdoor season after winning the Big Ten Championship in the hammer throw and was again named the team's most improved. McBride was the team captain that season.
McBride graduated from Purdue in 2004 with a degree in selling and sales management. He also minored in organization and leadership supervision. He is now married to his wife, Cheyenne. They have two children, a son Brogan (5) and a daughter Eleanora (1).