Katie Baumgardner
Katie  Baumgardner

Sterling, Va.

Assistant Coach & Camp Coordinator


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Drew Roff, Jim Schneiderhahn & Katie Baumgardner enjoyed lots of success as a group at ISU.

Katie Baumgardner came to Purdue for the start of the 2015 spring semester, making the move to West Lafayette after also serving on Drew Roff's coaching staff at Illinois State.

Baumgardner spent three seasons as an assistant at ISU from 2012 to 2014. She played collegiately at Ohio State and saw action at goalkeeper in Purdue-OSU games at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Along with coaching the goalkeepers, she also serves as the coordinator of Purdue's youth camps.

Defensively in 2016, goalkeepers Jordan Ginther (12 starts) and Erika Yohn (5) both made saves on penalty kicks to limit the opposition to a 1-for-4 showing on penalties. Ginther made a save on a PK among her career-high 11 saves in the overtime loss at Rutgers. It was the most saves by a Boilermaker since 2008. Yohn made a career-high nine saves at No. 4 West Virginia in a return trip to her hometown.

The defense did what it could in 2016, but ultimately injuries led to a snakebitten season for Purdue. Injuries sidelined the team's top two goal scoring threats for portions of the campaign. The Boilermakers did rally to defeat Cincinnati in overtime, but they were otherwise 0-8-1 when the opposition scored first. The five overtime games were Purdue's most since 2012 (six).

In Baumgarnder's first season as an assistant coach with the Boilermakers, goalkeepers Yohn (13 starts) and Ginther (5) both saw their fair share of action protecting the net. Ginther led Purdue to a scoreless draw against nationally ranked Rutgers team that went on to qualify for the NCAA College Cup. It was Purdue's first scoreless draw since September 2010. Yohn started the first six games of the year and then the first six Big Ten games. She was back in goal for the shutout win at Indiana in the season finale, the Boilermakers' first win in Bloomington since 2009.

Baumgardner was part of Illinois State's four consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances from 2011 to 14. She was recognized as part of the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year in 2013 and 2014 after winning regular-season conference titles both years. Highlighted by a 16-0 mark against MVC rivals those seasons, the Redbirds compiled an overall record of 56-24-3 from 2011 to 2014.

Along with winning the Missouri Valley's Fair Play Award twice, Illinois State also had a host of individuals honored from 2011 to 14. Rachel Tejada was a four-time MVC Player of the Year award winner and one of three Redbirds to win MVC Freshman of the Year honors during that span. Baumgardner also coached Aryn Newsom to Goalkeeper of the Year accolades in 2013 after the junior compiled a 0.33 goals against average in league play.

Baumgardner helped lead Ohio State to a share of the Big Ten title in 2010 and an appearance in the national semifinals at the NCAA College Cup. She was the starting goalkeeper as OSU posted shutouts against St. Francis (Pa.), Dayton and Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament that year. She was named to the College Cup All-Tournament Team after making 10 saves in a 1-0 loss to a Notre Dame team that went on to win the national title. The Sterling, Virginia, native started every game as a senior in 2011 as the Buckeyes advanced to the sweet sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament.

Baumgardner has served as an assistant on the club level with the GK 1 Goalkeeper Academy and Worthington Crew Juniors, both of Columbus, Ohio, and the Fusion Soccer Club of Normal, Illinois.


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