Former Boilermaker standout Tari St. John is in her first year as an assistant coach. She was named to her current position in January of 2006.
"We're very excited to have Tari join our staff," said head coach Rob Klatte. "She's a good recruiter and knows what it takes to compete and win at the Big Ten level, both academically and athletically. Her experience will help her communicate with the players, because she understands how to be a successful student-athlete in spite of the pressures."
St. John fills the vacancy left by Erin Otagaki, who recently accepted an assistant coaching position at Washington State.
St. John returns to Purdue following a two-year stay at Butler University, where she was an assistant coach. This past season, five Bulldogs earned postseason Horizon League accolades under her tutelage. Meredith Buemi and Ashley Twehues were named to the league's first team, while Kate Lord and Angie Muir were tabbed to its second team. Muir an Jenny Southard were selected to the all-newcomer team.
St. John was honored as an adidas Scholar All-American following the 2002 season, helping the Boilermakers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance. In addition to being a two-year captain, St. John also earned Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-Region honors.
In her first two seasons at Purdue, St. John started 37 straight matches and earned Offensive MVP honors at the inaugural Boilermaker Challenge Cup, prior to tearing an ACL during the 2000 campaign. A midfielder, St. John finished her Purdue career with nine goals and nine assists through 73 appearances.
St. John graduated from Purdue in 2003 with a degree in management.
Originally from Brookfield, Wis., St. John was a member of eight Wisconsin club and two high school championship teams, earning first-team All-State honors three consecutive seasons. She has also played internationally with the Varsity Club in Christchurch, New Zealand.
St. John currently holds a `C' license from the United States Soccer Federation and received her National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) during the summer of 2005.