Three-year starting forward was the Big Ten Player of the Year during Boilers' 20-win 2007 season.
After spending 12 years coaching some of the finest high school teams in Ohio, Jim Daugherty has successfully returned to the collegiate ranks.
The 2011 season will be Daugherty's fourth at Purdue. He helped lead the Boilers to the NCAA Tournament in 2009.
Daugherty's main pupil since becoming Purdue's first genuine goalkeepers coach was Jenny Bradfisch, who wrapped up her career following the 2009 season as the winningest and stingiest goalkeeper in program history. Bradfisch won 42 games in her career, tying the program record, and posted a goals-against average of 0.81 to shatter the previous Purdue record of 1.02.
The 2011 campaign marked the third year in a row in which Purdue had a new starting goalkeeper. Under Daugherty's tutelage, Clara Kridler provided consistency at the position in her first opportunity to be a starter. She led the way in shutout wins against Toledo, Colorado and Indiana State and finished the regular season ranked second in the Big Ten in saves (91). Kridler's total was just six shy of the Purdue single-season record.
Kridler became the first goalkeeper since 2008 and only the fifth since 2000 to start every game of a season.
A resilient midseason stretch that kept the Boilers alive in the Big Ten Tournament chase until the final day of the regular season highlighted the 2011 campaign. Despite starting the conference season 0-2-1 and earning only seven of a possible 18 standings points at home during Big Ten play, Purdue was the last team officially eliminated from tournament contention. Wins against Northwestern (8-game win) and Indiana (15-game unbeaten) extended notable streaks against those Big Ten rivals. Purdue also posted its first win against Minnesota in St. Paul since 2005.
In 2010, senior goalkeeper Carianne Betts finished the season ranked second in the Big Ten with 87 saves, the fifth-highest single-season total in program history. She missed only one game despite battling injuries throughout much of the Big Ten schedule. Betts made a career-high 10 saves at Michigan, the first double-figure save total by a Boilermaker goalkeeper since 2008, and was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 27 after her back-to-back shutouts of Wisconsin and Northwestern.
Purdue's 2010 team enjoyed some positive results along the way but a rash of injuries ultimately ravaged the program's depth and in turn brought to an end the Boilers' impressive streak of 10 consecutive seasons with a double-figure win total.
Purdue is Daugherty's third collegiate coaching stop, all of which have placed him alongside Boilermaker head coach Robert Klatte. The two first coached together as assistants to Meridy Glenn at the University of Cincinnati in 1993. Klatte was the top assistant to Glenn while Daugherty played the role of graduate assistant.
Daugherty joined Klatte at Wright State as an assistant coach in 1995 and 1996. From there, Klatte laid the foundation for Purdue's varsity soccer program and Daugherty began the start of his successful high school coaching career.
Daugherty started coaching the girls' varsity team at Fairborn High School in 1996 and went on to win the 2000 district championship and the first two of his seven coach of the year awards. He later claimed a 2005 state title as head coach of the Bexley High School boys' varsity team. The longtime math, algebra and geometry teacher wrapped his scholastic coaching career in 2007 by leading the Dublin High School boys' varsity team to a district title.
Daugherty is pleased to be collaborating with Klatte once again on a collegiate sideline.
"Rob is one of the most intelligent and organized soccer coaches I've known," said Daugherty. "It's going to be good for me to see how he runs a collegiate program and to learn the game the way he sees it."
The Daugherty Family
In addition to his high school work as coach and teacher, Daugherty spent 11 years working in the offseason for the Soccer Plus Goalkeeper School in Wethersfield, Conn. He was a staff coach from 1993 to 1998 and then the school's director for six additional years.
Daugherty served as a coach for several years with the Columbus, Ohio-based Eagles Soccer Club, training goalkeepers and mentoring the boys' and girls' U-17 teams.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Daugherty played three years of varsity high school soccer at St. Francis DeSales where he helped his team win a state championship in 1986. His collegiate career with the Dayton Flyers included a Most Improved Player award in 1991. He played in 17 games for UD, compiling 83 saves and two shutouts.
Daugherty's professional career consisted of one season (1994) playing for the Cincinnati Cheetahs of the United States Interregional Soccer League (USISL).
Daugherty graduated from the University of Dayton in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He received a master's degree in education from the University of Cincinnati in 1998.
Daugherty and his wife, Emily, live in West Lafayette with their daughters, Rebecca, 6, and Meredith, 1.