July 5, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - For the 2012-13 school year, Purdue's 20 teams accumulated 518.5 points in the Directors' Cup to rank 42nd out of 335 schools, which placed us in the 89th percentile. When tallying only those sports that we offer, our ranking moved up five spots to 37th. Last year, we finished 47th with 493.5 points, with an adjusted ranking of 40th when counting only our sports. Twelve teams earned NCAA postseason opportunities, matching our average over the last five years.
Women's golf placed third at the NCAA Championships, its eighth consecutive top 10 finish, and volleyball advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last eight years. Three other programs finished in the top 25 nationally - men's indoor track and field (18th), women's swimming and diving (19th) and men's swimming and diving (25th), while wrestling placed 31st and women's basketball and women's tennis both advanced to the round of 32 of their NCAA tournaments. Football played in a bowl game for the second straight season - the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day - and for the 12th time in the last 16 years.
Trio Promoted to Assistant Athletics Director
Mike Braughton, Doug Boersma and Tom Mitchell were promoted to assistant athletics director, effective July 1. Braughton serves as senior director of the John Purdue Club, with an emphasis on major and planned gifts. Boersma has been director of sports medicine since 2012. Mitchell joined the athletic department staff as compliance director in 2010.
Baseball Alumni Accomplishments
Former Purdue pitcher Josh Lindblom earned his first win as a member of the Texas Rangers on Thursday night. He entered the game against the Seattle Mariners with the runners on second and third and one out in the top of seventh and the Rangers trailing 3-1. He deftly worked out of the jam with a strikeout and a lineout, then watched his teammates score four runs in the bottom of the inning and hold on for a 5-4 victory ... Another former baseball player, Dan Black, was named a Southern League All-Star this week. The first baseman/designated hitter is the fourth Boilermaker picked for a league all-star team this season, following Cameron Perkins (Florida State), Kevin Plawecki (South Atlantic) and Nick Wittgren (Florida State). Black currently leads the Southern League with 52 RBI and a .395 on-base percentage. The Southern League All-Star Game will be played Wednesday, July 17 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Purdue, Soldati Receive U.S. Olympic Achievement Award
Purdue was among the 41 American colleges and universities to receive a U.S. Olympic Achievement Award. The Boilermakers were honored for head diving coach Adam Soldati's role as an assistant coach with USA Diving at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Soldati helped coach David Boudia to a pair of medal-winning performances, a gold in 10-meter platform and a bronze in synchronized 10-meter platform. The U.S. Olympic Achievement Award recognizes colleges and universities with student-athletes and coaches who contributed to Team USA's medal count during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Carly Cramer won a gold medal, while Kiki Jones and Val Nichol both earned bronze medals at the USA Volleyball A2 Tournament in Dallas on Wednesday ... New softball coach Kim Schuette hired her husband, Jason Dorey, as an assistant. Dorey spent the last eight seasons as an assistant with his wife at Eastern Illinois. He will work with the hitters and catchers. Read more about Dorey's hand-eye coordination program known as COE Vision Training
here. Schuette has one more assistant position to fill on her staff ... Junior running back Akeem Hunt has been named to the watch list for the Hornung Award, which is annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung.