Kathy Jewell, a native of Jeffersonville, Ind., is in her 12th year at Purdue after joining the Boilermakers as the first assistant in March of 2003.
"Kathy is extremely well organized and extremely driven to be successful," head coach Dave Shondell said. "She is certainly the coach on our staff that does the most behind the scenes. She doesn't get a lot of the attention or notoriety, but she is a rock for John and I and has made a great impact on Purdue volleyball during the last eight years. She is a great liaison between our student-athletes and coaches and she takes control of this team in so many ways that people don't see. Without Kathy, there is no way that our program would be in the position that it is, ready to take the next step to become one of the premier programs in the country."
Jewell brought five years of coaching experience on various levels to the Purdue program. From August 2000 until her hiring at Purdue, she was an assistant coach at Central Michigan, acting as recruiting and travel coordinator while working with the outside hitters on the court. In her three seasons with the program, Jewell also worked with the Chippewas' summer camps, community activities and high school and state Special Olympics games.
After a four-year career as an outside hitter for Division II Northern Michigan (1994 to 1997), Jewell began coaching in Louisville, Ky., with the Derby City Volleyball Club. In 1999, Jewell landed the assistant varsity coaching job at Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville, Ind., where she assisted with team conditioning and training as well as summer camp administration. In 2001, she coached the Valley Volleyball West 18 Elite team in St. Louis, Mich.
"Coaching in the best conference in the nation has given me a chance to train some great young women and to prepare them to compete against the best talent in the nation," Jewell said. "There is nothing like coaching in the Big Ten and at a great university like Purdue. Purdue has given us all of the tools to succeed and to be one of the top programs in the nation and we are on our way to doing just that."
As a player at Northern Michigan, Jewell helped guide the Wildcats to the Division II Elite Eight three times, as they captured second, third and fourth place. The Wildcats won the Division II national championship during Jewell's freshman year in 1994. A three-year team captain, Jewell garnered NCAA Elite Eight All-Tournament team honors during her sophomore and junior seasons. A 2000 inductee into the NMU Hall of Fame as part of the 1994 national championship team, Jewell was named All-Great Lakes Region her final two years. She ranks second in career digs (1,359), third in career matches played (145), fourth in career service aces (159), and ninth in career kills (974) at NMU. Her 1996 and 1997 season dig totals both rank in the top five in the Wildcat record book. The Wildcats posted a record of 134-16 during her collegiate career.
As a prep athlete at Our Lady of Providence High School, Jewell earned four letters each in volleyball and softball and three in basketball. The outside hitter was twice named team MVP while leading the team in digs. Jewell was a member of the 1994 ICGSA/Mizuno South All-Star team. Her team was sectional champion three times.
Jewell graduated from Northern Michigan with a bachelor's degree in management of health and fitness in 1998.
In June 2011, Jewell was an assistant coach for one of two teams competing in the Bring It Promotions/USA-China Challenge, which also featured Boilermakers Catherine Rebarchak and Carly Cramer.