June 28, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Kim Schuette, who led Eastern Illinois to Ohio Valley Conference championships in 2011 and 2013, was named the third head coach in Purdue softball history on Monday. Schuette (pronounced SHOOT-ee) spent the last eight seasons with the Panthers, compiling a 232-191-1 record, while boasting a 256-219-1 mark in nine overall seasons as a head coach. The 2011 and 2013 OVC Coach of the Year kept Eastern Illinois among the top half of the conference each of her eight years, including spots among the top four seven times, the regular season titles in 2011 and 2013 and a runner-up finish in 2012. She will start at Purdue on July 1.
Varsho Honored by Easton
Junior outfielder Andie Varsho has been named a first team All-American by Easton. To be eligible for such honors, a student-athlete must play for an Easton-sponsored school. Varsho previously earned third team Academic All-America, first team All-Big Ten and NFCA All-Mideast Region recognition. She started all 55 games in right field for the Boilermakers in 2013 and ranked 41st nationally with a .415 batting average, 42nd with 0.53 stolen bases per game and 49th with a .500 on-base percentage. Her batting average ranks as the third-best in a season in Purdue history. Easton manufactures equipment for numerous sports, including softball.
Mingo Accepts Honda Inspiration Award, Honored with Most Courageous Performance
On Monday, women's basketball player Drey Mingo accepted the Honda Inspiration Award from the Collegiate Women Sports Awards during a live ESPNU telecast of the 2013 Honda Cup in Los Angeles. Head coach Sharon Versyp and senior associate athletics director Nancy Cross attended the event in support of Mingo. The John Purdue Club hosted a watch party in the Spurgeon Club of Mackey Arena, where approximately 100 people, including the entire women's basketball team, watched Mingo graciously and eloquently receive her award. Then on Wednesday, Mingo was honored with the Most Courageous Performance as part of the sixth-annual BTN Awards Show. You can read Mingo's heart-warming story here.
Purdue football players hosted a clinic as part of the PALS camp at the Bimel Practice Complex on Wednesday. The Purdue Athletes Life Success program, which began June 13 and will run through July 12, has benefited nearly 3,000 low-income children in Tippecanoe County for more than a decade by providing lessons about sports and healthy living.
The greater Lafayette area is one of the smartest communities in the nation according to a study released recently. West Lafayette/Lafayette, Ind., ranked third out of 100 U.S. cities for raw cognitive performance according to a study using data from more than 3 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 75 who had played Lumosity brain games. Many of the towns on the list are home to major research universities, such as Purdue. Ithaca, N.Y., home to both Cornell and Ithaca College tops the list, while State College, Pa., home to Penn State, is No. 2. Six of the top eight cities are home to Big Ten Conference universities.
Olympic gold medalist diver David Boudia became the latest former Purdue student-athlete to have a menu item named in his honor added to the menu at the nostalgic local diner Triple XXX Restaurant. "The Boudia" is a three-cheese sandwich featuring two strips of apple wood smoked bacon and sliced tomato on a grilled sesame seed bun. The featured cheeses are American, Swiss and Philadelphia cream cheese. The sandwich is accompanied by hash browns topped with Triple XXX's signature sausage gravy ... Congratulations to assistant baseball coach Jeff Duncan on being hired as the head coach at Kent State. He joins Greg Robertson (golf) as Boilermakers-turned-Golden Flashes ... Former men's basketball player Carl Landry is an NBA free agent after declining the player option on the second year of his contract with the Golden State Warriors. Landry averaged 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 54 percent in 81 games for Golden State last season.