Jason Dorey, who spent the previous eight years as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois, is in his third season at Purdue after being named as an assistant coach for the Boilermakers on July 2, 2013. Dorey, who is the husband of head coach Kim Schuette, will work with the Purdue hitters and catchers.
A 1999 graduate of DeVry University, Dorey has a unique background, including work with a Chicagoland optometrist to develop a conditioned hand-eye coordination program known as COE Vision Training. Dorey has trained individual Major League Baseball players as well as members of the U.S. Olympic Softball team with the program and worked with teams such as the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners.
His vision training helped the Eastern Illinois batters boost the school’s home run tally in four of the last six seasons, including a record 45 long balls in 2011 as the Panthers won the program’s first-ever Ohio Valley Conference title. Since Dorey’s start at EIU in 2006, the program set records for doubles and home runs, recorded consecutive 20-plus home run campaigns and posted top five team marks in RBI and runs scored. The team’s batting average, RBI and on-base percentage continued to rise from 2009 to 2012.
In his eight seasons, Eastern Illinois produced 29 All-Ohio Valley Conference and All-OVC Tournament honorees, which have been honored for their hitting and defensive play. This group includes several catchers who improved their framing and glove work, ability to block and throw out runners and helped some very good pitchers become outstanding thanks to Dorey’s tutelage.
Dorey played baseball, basketball and golf at Lisle High School, before continuing on to play baseball collegiately at Northern Illinois and later Northeastern Illinois. After earning a degree in accounting, he worked as an accountant for such Fortune 500 companies as McDonald’s, Nabisco, Kraft Foods and Illinois Tool Works. He also helped launch a baseball/softball training facility in suburban Chicago, overseeing business operations as well as coaching and instructing via individual lessons.
Dorey and Schuette have a daughter, Lauren Lynn (5), and son, Kyle (born August 2013).