June 27, 2014
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior thrower Dani Bunch was named the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year.
During the 2013-14 school year, Bunch was a three-time first-team All-American, with a third-place showing in the weight throw and fifth-place finish in the shot put during the NCAA Indoor Championships and a fifth-place finish in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Bunch won the Big Ten Championship in the weight throw in March, the third of her career, to become the first Big Ten woman to win three weight throw titles. She also earned three runner-up finishes: indoor and outdoor shot put and the hammer throw.
Bunch was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year for the indoor season and swept the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships awards for the outdoor campaign.
Bunch broke the school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, as well as in the weight throw.
A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Bunch leaves Purdue as a nine-time All-American.
Bunch is the sixth Boilermaker to be voted the conference's Female Athlete of the Year and first since golfer Maria Hernandez claimed the honor in 2009. The other four were basketball players: Katie Douglas in 2001, Stephanie White in 1999, MaChelle Joseph in 1992 and Joy Holmes in 1991.
Men's Basketball Alumni Game Tickets on Sale to JPC Members
Tickets for the men's basketball alumni game on Aug. 2 are on sale to John Purdue Club members. The priority deadline is June 30, and seats will be assigned as orders are received. Tickets go on sale to the general public July 1.
Tickets are priced at $10 for the lower level (reserved) and $5 for the upper level (general admission), and they may be purchased on line, by phone by calling 800-49-SPORT or in-person at the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office at Mackey Arena. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Follow @BoilerBall on Twitter throughout the summer for the announcement of each returning alumnus.
Todd Hired as Assistant Wrestling Coach
New head wrestling coach Tony Ersland has hired Tyrel Todd as an assistant, the first addition to his staff.
Todd comes to Purdue after serving as an assistant coach at Arizona State (2013-14) and Cal Poly (2010-11).
A three-time All-American and 2009 Big Ten champion at Michigan, Todd made his mark on the Wolverine program wrestling at 184 and 197 pounds. In his first three seasons at 184, Todd posted an 82-24 record while placing fifth, third and second at the Big Ten Championships and earning as many trips to the NCAA Championships. Todd earned a spot on the podium his sophomore and junior campaigns, placing fifth and third. Bumping up to 197 pounds in his final season, Todd registered a 25-3 record en route to a Big Ten title and a fourth-place showing at the NCAA Championships. He finished with a career record of 121-30, with his 121 wins ranking 16th all-time at Michigan. In four NCAA appearances, Todd compiled a 16-7 mark, which ranks seventh in program history. He also is tied for third all-time with a 13-4 career record at the Big Ten Championships. Todd was a two-time team captain.
Ersland has one assistant position still to fill.
Purdue to Host B1G Women's Soccer Tournament
The Boilermaker Soccer Complex will be the host site for the 2014 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament, to be played Nov. 5 to 9.
Purdue will host the postseason event for the first time since 2001.
The entire Boilermaker soccer schedule for this fall was announced earlier this week. Purdue opens the season Aug. 15 with an exhibition game at Illinois State. The regular season begins Aug. 22 with the Boilermaker Challenge Cup.
Quite a Day for Plawecki
Former Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki had quite a day Tuesday.
First, the New York Mets' minor leaguer was selected as part of the U.S. team for the All-Star Futures Game, which will be played July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis and televised live by MLB Network.
Later, Plawecki was promoted from the Mets' Double-A affiliate in Binghamton (N.Y.) to their Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. Plawecki is ranked No. 6 among the Mets' top 20 prospects.
Clawson Wins Florida Congressional Seat
Former men's basketball player Curt Clawson (1982-84) won a special election Tuesday to replace former Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) in Florida's 19th congressional district.
Clawson easily defeated Democratic rival April Freeman and Libertarian candidate Ray Netherwood in the primary.
Clawson, a retired businessman, will have to vie for reelection in November.
Craig Voll, former Boilermaker athletic trainer and currently a continuing lecturer in the athletic training education program in the department of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue, has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers' Association's 2014 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recipients. The award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer. Voll will be honored during NATA's 65th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo today in Indianapolis ... Purdue has been selected to host the 2016 Zone C Diving Championships at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center ... An 8,500-pound pedestrian bridge was put into place Thursday, connecting the sidewalk area to the south of Alexander Field and the Boilermaker Soccer Complex to the site of the new softball stadium currently under construction ... Tracking the Boilermakers will return July 11.