Purdue Volleyball vs. Illinois - October 20, 2006 (Photos by Richard Myers-Walls)
Brittany Dildine is in her first season as a volunteer assistant with the Boilermakers after completing her eligibility on both the basketball and volleyball courts.
"I have been blessed with opportunity at Purdue," Dildine said. "I am so thankful that Dave and his staff took me into consideration when I expressed interest in the position. I am very lucky. I plan on enhancing my coaching style this season by playing a role much like a sponge would. I want to learn what it is like behind the scenes. I want to be as good as a coach as this staff has been to me. I think I can bring enthusiasm to the program. I hope to be a figure that some of the players would feel comfortable to approach for any sort of help in their athletic career. I hope I can be a big contributor."
On the volleyball court, Dildine saw action in all 131 matches in her career from 2003-2006, including 60 starts and 16 at libero, while helping lead the Boilermakers to three straight NCAA Tournament berths, including back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances. In that span, she became the 10th player in program history to reach 1,000 digs, ranking fifth on the all-time career digs list with 1,243. The West Lafayette native averaged 2.67 digs per game, while also tallying 142 aces and 226 kills. Dildine posted double-digit dig tallies 60 times, including 20 or more digs on eight occasions. She also added 10 or more kills on three occasions.
In her final campaign, Dildine garnered the team's Carol Dewey Mental Attitude Award and Mortar Board Premier MVP honors. She racked up 458 digs, 109 kills and 48 aces, the latter tally ranked her third in the Big Ten for the second straight season and paced Purdue for the third consecutive year.
For her work in the weight room, Dildine garnered the Sue Jurkonis Strength Award for Strong Freshman in 2003 and for Strongest Upperclassman in 2006. She graduated in May 2007 with a degree in organizational leadership and supervision. Dildine is currently pursuing a second degree in health and kinesiology.
One thing Dildine brings to the table is a ferocity and a passion for the game, head coach Dave Shondell said.
"Brittany is as responsible as anyone for turning this program around," Shondell said. "From an attitude standpoint, she changed the complexion of our gym environment. I am thrilled that someone who made such a contribution as a player is coming back as a coach. Her presence on the coaching staff will encourage the same mentality that she influenced as a player. Her emphasis will be on defense and ball control and just continuing to foster more intensity in the gym; we have lost a little bit of that since she left."
Dildine joined the staff at the conclusion of the 2007-08 women's basketball season and aided the team during the spring and throughout its European Tour.
On the hardwood, Dildine played in 39 games, 30 in her final campaign, contributing 32 points, 24 rebounds, six steals and five assists as the team advanced to the Elite Eight in 2006-07 and the NCAA Tournament Second Round in 2007-08.
The Harrison High School alumnae was a four-year letterwinner in both volleyball and basketball for the Raiders. She was named to the Indiana All-Stars North team, while receiving all-conference, all-area and team MVP honors for volleyball as a senior. She also set a school record in career digs with 729, while being named Female Senior Athlete of the Year. A two-time MVP and all-conference honoree in basketball as a junior and senior, Dildine reached the 1,000-career points milestone during the 2002-03 season.
2005: Saw court time in all 34 matches, starting eight plus three at libero ... averaged 2.87 digs per game, including 17 double-digit efforts ... pulled up career-high 21 digs at Iowa (11/25) ... led team in aces with 48 ... served up 0.40 aces per game, which ranked third in the Big Ten ... served up 0.39 aces per game in conference contests, second-most in the league ... served up three aces on six occasions: last vs. College of Charleston (12/3) ... served up at least one ace in 27 of the team's contests ... added 36 kills and 27 asssists ... made good on 95 percent of serve receive attempts ... led Purdue in aces 17 times ... surpassed the 700-dig milestone vs. Indiana (11/18) ... surpassed 100-kill milestone vs. Michigan State (10/29) ... surpassed the 75-ace milestone vs. Iowa (10/15) ... led Purdue in digs in final two regular season matches with 21 against Iowa and 15 at No. 17 Minnesota ... posted team-high 18 digs in Sweet 16 match against No. 3 Washington.
2004: Played in all 32 of the team's matches, starting 27 ... averaged 2.42 digs per game ... led the team with 36 aces ... ranked fifth in the Big Ten in aces per game with 0.32 (36 in 114 games) ... her six aces against Central Michigan were the third most by a Big Ten player in 2004 ... ranked fifth in aces per game with 0.27 in conference play (19 in 70 games) ... posted double-digit dig totals in 14 matches, including a career-best 18 on three occasions ... led the team in digs against Wisconsin with 15 ... recorded 31 assists, including a career-high six against No. 12 Georgia Tech ... tallied 24 kills from the back row.
2003: Saw action in all 31 matches, starting six ... averaged 1.51 digs per game ... recorded double-figure digs in six matches ... added 57 kills and six blocks in limited front row action ... breakout match brought a career-best 16-kill, 14-dig double double to go with a career-best four blocks ... served up career-best three aces against Butler, helping her total to 10 for the year ... handed out 21 assists ... made first appearance in a Boilermaker uniform against Saint Louis in the season opener ... garnered Sue Jurkonis Strength Award for Strongest Freshman.
High School: Four-year letterwinner in volleyball and basketball at Harrison High School ... named to the Indiana All-Stars North team, while receiving all-conference, all-area and team MVP honors for volleyball as a senior ... also set a school record in career digs with 729, while being named Female Senior Athlete of the Year ... garnered second team all-state, all-area, and all-conference accolades her junior year ... named Lafayette Journal and Courier Player of the Year as a junior while picking up team MVP honors and being selected as an alternate for the Indiana All-Star team ... named most improved player for volleyball as a freshman, as her team won sectional and conference championships ... two-time MVP and all-conference honoree in basketball as a junior and senior ... reached the 1,000 career points milestone during the 2002-03 season ... received most improved player and academic honors as a freshman.
Personal: Given name is Brittany Nicole Dildine ... born June 8, 1985 ... parents are Anthony and Eyvonnia Dildine ... mother is the late Karen Dildine ... has two brothers, Travis and Shawn, and one sister, Amber ... nine relatives are Purdue alums ... majoring in Organizational Leadership and Supervision ... nickname is Dilly.