Amy Kyler is in her second year as an assistant coach with the Boilermakers after joining the Purdue softball coaching staff on Nov. 1, 2005.
"I am very excited to become a part of the Purdue coaching staff and work under head coach Kim Maher," Kyler said. "I also look forward to working with such high caliber student-athletes."
Kyler, who came to Purdue from Cleveland State University, will work primarily with the Boilermaker pitching staff. The Marshallville, Ohio, native, was a highly decorated pitcher in both the collegiate and professional ranks. She has spent the last three years working with the Viking pitching staff and outfield, while assisting with recruiting and travel coordination. Kyler also has played softball professionally since 1997.
"I am very excited that Amy Kyler will be joining our coaching staff," Maher said. "She brings tremendous experience and knowledge of the sport. Amy is going to be a key factor in bringing success to our pitching staff this year and in the years to come. Exciting things are happening with our softball program and I'm pleased to have Amy Kyler on staff."
Prior to joining the coaching staff at her alma mater CSU in the fall of 2001, Kyler served as an assistant at Bowling Green State University for three seasons. Beginning in the fall of 1998, she acted as the Falcons' pitching coach, while also coordinating the team's travel schedule and fundraising efforts.
During her playing days, Kyler broke every major pitching record at Cleveland State. She currently owns career records for ERA (1.35), innings pitched (728.1), wins (68), winning percentage (.624), appearances (121) and strikeouts (909). She also set single-season records in 1997 with 33 appearances, 24 wins, an 0.56 ERA, 210.2 inning pitched and 325 strikeouts.
A seven-time letterwinner at CSU (4 for softball, three for volleyball), Kyler was named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference's Pitched of the Year while earning second team all-district honors as a senior. She tied an NCAA record for single-game strikeouts with 26 against Illinois-Chicago in the league semifinals as the Viking went on to win the conference championship and earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. For her efforts in the MCC tournament, Kyler was named tournament MVP.
Since finishing her playing career at Cleveland State, Kyler has pitched professionally in both the National Pro Fastpitch league and the Women's Professional Softball League since 1997. She was a member of the Carolina Diamonds in 1997 and 1998, posting a 16-16 record with a 2.42 ERA in 219.1 inning pitched.
In 1999 and 2000, Kyler played for the Akron Racers, helping the team advance to the WPSL Championship semifinal in 1999. She posted a 7-7 record with a 1.97 ERA that season. In 2001, Kyler competed on the WPSL All-Star team and tossed a perfect game against the Chicago White Sox All-Stars. Kyler also threw a no-hitter as part of the team's 14-city tour from June to August. She was a member of the National Pro Fastpitch All-Star tour team in 2003, played for the California Sunbirds in 2004 and led the Akron Racers to the NPF National Championship in 2005. While in the professional ranks, Kyler has been named to the WPSL or NPF All-Star team five times (1998-2001, 2003).
Kyler graduated cum laude from Cleveland State in 1997 with a bachelor of arts in both social work and psychology. She also earned CSU's Faculty Athletic Representative's Award her senior year due to her great academic strides. A two-time recipient of CSU's Athletic Academic Excellence Award for special academic achievement and a three-time NSCA Academic All-American Scholar Athlete (1995-1997), Kyler went on to earn her master's degree in sport management from CSU in 2002.