Kim Schuette is her second season as head coach at Purdue. Schuette, who led Eastern Illinois to Ohio Valley Conference championships in 2011 and 2013, was named as the third head coach in Purdue softball history on June 24, 2013.
Schuette (pronounced SHOOT-ee) led the Boilermakers to a sixth-place conference finish and the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals in her first season. Purdue went 27-28-1 including a 13-10 mark in conference play. The Boilers won five of their eight league series and posted three wins over Top 25 foes, downing No. 4 Michigan, No. 10 Texas and No. 12 Minnesota. The season, which saw the squad play 14 games against Top 25 foes and 14 opponents that advanced to the NCAA Regionals, also featured a no-hitter by junior Alex Whittemore and a program-best five All-Big Ten honorees. A program-record six players garnered All-Region accolades, while a record 14 players earned Academic All-Big Ten nods and senior outfielder Andie Varsho was tabbed with first team Academic All-America honors.
Schuette had spent the last eight seasons with the Panthers, compiling a 232-191-1 record, while boasting a 256-219-1 mark in nine overall seasons as a head coach. The 2011 and 2013 OVC Coach of the Year kept Eastern Illinois among the top half of the conference each of her eight years, including spots among the top four seven times, the regular season titles in 2011 and 2013 and a runner-up finish in 2012.
Schuette coached 29 All-OVC honorees in her tenure at EIU, including two Pitchers of the Year, and three NFCA All-Region honorees, including two in 2013. Her teams also found success in the classroom, carrying a 3.45 grade-point average, while five players have received Academic All-District honors and one went on to earn an Academic All-America nod in 2011.
"Kim has a proven record of success in the Ohio Valley Conference. Her teams have consistently been among the top of the conference, and won two titles, earning her Coach of the Year honors," associate athletics director Calvin Williams said. "She also brings a level of maturity and focus that will be conducive to taking our program to the championship level."
In 2013, EIU posted a 36-14 record, including a 20-3 mark in Ohio Valley play, en route to the league title. The Panther pitching staff ranked fourth nationally in ERA (1.59), while the squad also ranked 29th in doubles per game (1.42) and 33rd in fielding percentage (0.970). Pitcher of the Year Hanna Mennenga ranked second nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (11.0), seventh in hits allowed per seven innings (3.88), 12th in strikeouts (291) and 35th in shutouts (7).
"I am thrilled to get on board with Boilermaker Athletics and Purdue University," Schuette said. "I am eager to partner with such quality leadership and people in Morgan Burke, Calvin Williams, Nancy Cross and the rest of the Boilermaker staff and coaches. Purdue offers the whole package of success: a prominent degree, an outstanding personal experience, and a great opportunity in Boilermaker Athletics.
"I look forward to propelling the softball program to the national stage as Purdue has the facilities, the resources, the tradition of excellence and, most importantly, quality people supporting each other to be successful. The family atmosphere in Boilermaker athletics, the university, and the West Lafayette area make it a perfect fit. It's a great day to be a Boiler and we are so excited to be on the train."
In 2011, Schuette led the Panthers to the school's first ever regular season OVC title including a 40-12 overall mark, the best in school history. Her teams were known for their speed and power, setting the school steals mark in 2008 with 85, a tally which ranked 16th nationally, and snapping the home runs mark three straight years (2009, 2010, 2011). Her EIU squads also set school marks in all major pitching categories, team batting average, doubles, fielding percentage and double plays.
"With the hiring of Kim Schuette, we believe our softball program now has everything it takes to vie for a Big Ten championship and to continue its push into the national spotlight," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "With the solid foundation that we have built over the last 20 years, the talented roster of current players and a new stadium coming online in 2015, we are excited about the future of Purdue softball."
Prior to her time at EIU, Schuette was the head coach at Quincy University in 2005 and spent three seasons as an assistant coach at San Jose State.
A two-time Academic All-American (1999 and 2001), Schuette played collegiately at Eastern Illinois and Indiana State. In two seasons at EIU, she saw action in the outfield, at first base and at pitcher, while earning OVC All-Academic honors twice. At Indiana State, the lefty garnered All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 2001 after leading her team in batting average, hits and runs as a senior. She also capped her career with her second Academic All-America nod and the President's Scholar Athlete Award.
Schuette graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in physical education at Indiana State in 2001 and received a master's degree in kinesiology and societal studies (sports management) from San Jose State in 2002.
A native of Itasca, Ill., Schuette is married to assistant coach Jason Dorey. The couple, which married in 2007, has a daughter, Lauren Lynn (3), and son, Kyle (born August 2013).