Kathryn Gleason is entering her third season as an assistant coach with the Purdue softball program. She came to West Lafayette from the University of Michigan, where she spent the 2000-01 school year as a marketing and promotions intern while she fulfilled her master's degree requirements. Her main responsibilities with the Boilermakers include assisting with team academics, equipment, promotions, tournaments, facilities, recruiting, and strength and conditioning.
A 1996 graduate of Michigan, Gleason was a successful infielder for the Wolverines. Gleason was a member of the 1993, 1995 and 1996 Big Ten regular-season championship teams and the 1995 and 1996 Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Regional championship teams. She appeared in the 1995 and 1996 NCAA Women's College World Series. She was co-captain of the 1996 squad and was the team's 1994 recipient of the Maize and Blue Award for excellence and sportsmanship. Gleason also was the inaugural recipient of the Robert and Marjorie Shepherd Softball Scholarship for the 1995-96 school year.
After graduating from Michigan, Gleason was an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts, where she helped lead the Minutewomen to four Atlantic 10 regular-season conference titles and four Atlantic 10 Tournament championships. The UMass softball team made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including winning the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Regional Championships. The Minutewomen advanced to the NCAA Women's College World Series both years. In 1998, the UMass coaches earned the NFCA Northeast Coaching Staff of the Year award. Gleason also completed her master of science degree in Sport Management while at Massachusetts.
A native of Country Club Hills, Ill., Gleason was inducted into the Marian Catholic High School Hall of Fame as "Athlete of the Year" for the 2002 class.