June 25, 1997

Former Purdue All-American Darlene Renie Named Assistant Women's Swimming Coach

Purdue head women's swimming coach Cathy Wright-Eger has announced the hiring of former Purdue two-time All-American Darlene Renie as assistant women's swimming coach.

The 29-year-old Renie comes to Purdue from after spending the past six years coaching the boys and girls teams at Logansport H.S. and various age-group club teams at the Cass County YMCA.

"I swam under Cathy at Purdue and she's always been the first ones I'd call when I had questions about swimming, she a real important person to me," Renie said. "I respect her judgment as a coach and an individual and I'm really looking forward to working with her."

Among Renie's coaching accolades are: sectional coach of the year in 1992 and 1994 and she led the Logansport girls to two straight undefeated dual meet seasons in 1993-94.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to come back to Purdue and coach swimming," Renie said. "It's kind of like coming back home. I've always followed Purdue and the swim program. My husband and I are looking forward to moving back to Lafayette and back with the Purdue family on a daily basis."

Formerly Darlene Warta, the Chicago native swam for the Boilermakers from 1986-90. She currently resides in Galveston, Ind. with her husband Jeff Renie, who swam for the Purdue men's team. They are the parents of two young children, Jessica and Jake.

"I feel that Darlene brings in the knowledge of Purdue athletics we were looking for," head coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. "She is loyal to Purdue and that is very important. She has the youth, enthusiasm, spirit and knowledge of swimming that will make her an excellent coach. Her personality and love for Purdue will help her to be a great recruiter."

Renie's swimming credentials are impressive. She was Purdue's first female swimming All-American after placing fifth in the 200 butterfly at the 1989 NCAA Championships. She also earned All-America acclaim in the 200 fly in 1990, while swimming on the honorable mention All-America 400 medley relay team.

"I really enjoyed swimming at Purdue which is why coming back as a coach I think is going to be a good fit for myself and the university," Renie said. "I know what it takes to be good, I know you have to work hard. You have to swim and use academics, while at the same time having fun."

Renie captured two All-Big Ten awards after winning the conference's 200 fly title in 1988 and 1990. A four-year letter winner, she was a Senior Nationals consolation champion, a Junior Nationals qualifier and a four-time NCAA qualifier. As a senior, she was named Purdue's outstanding senior athlete by Mortorboard and the John Purdue Club's Chicago Athlete of the Year. Upon completing her career in 1990, she held four school records: 100 and 200 butterfly, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay.

She currently ranks second behind Kim Fritsch in both butterfly events. Renie, Purdue's team captain in 1989 and 1990, replaces Ginger DeCoursey, who resigned last month shortly after the birth of her first son, Kyle Emerson.