Assistant Women's Tennis Coach Honored

Chris Karges-Iandolo named Assistant Coach-of-the-Year.

May 8, 1998

Chris Karges-Iandolo, the assistant women's tennis coach at Purdue University, was named Assistant Coach-of-the-Year for the Midwest Region. This award is sponsored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Rolex.

"This is a great honor for myself and the team," said Karges-Iandolo. "We had the most successful season in Purdue history because of our great teamcharacter and camaraderie. That's what makes our job as coaches very enjoyable."

Karges-Iandolo, whose husband is Boilermaker head coach Mat Iandolo, is currently in her sixth season at Purdue. She played an instrumental role in leading the 1998 Boilers to an 8-2 Big Ten record, their best conference mark ever in the 22-year history of the program. Those eight wins came consecutively, with the first two over 22nd-ranked Northwestern and 28th-ranked Michigan. The win against the Wildcats, as well as a win over Indiana late in the regular season, marked the first time the Boilers have ever defeated those teams.

Karges-Iandolo, who spent her collegiate career at Kentucky and was a three-time All-SEC pick before graduating in 1989, is considered an invaluable resource to the Purdue program.

"This is a significant award for Chris and a great honor for our team," said Mat, the 1998 Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year. "She is far too qualified to be an assistant coach, so we are extremely lucky to have her. She is a tremendous teacher and a great asset to this program."

Purdue placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships, tying its highest finish ever (also 1995), and received a bid to compete in the NCAA Regionals in Champaign, Ill. The Boilers' first opponent in that national tournament will be Indiana on May 15.