Coaching Staff

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Kim Schuette Head Coach

Kim 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.

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Jason Dorey Assistant Coach

Jason Dorey, who spent eight years as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois, was named as an assistant coach for the Boilermakers on July 2, 2013. Dorey, who is the husband of head coach Kim Schuette, works with the Purdue hitters and catchers.

In 2014, the Boilermakers posted a sixth-place conference finish and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. 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.

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Eileen Hannigan Assistant Coach

Eileen Hannigan, a successful softball instructor, travel ball coach and sports psychology coach, joined the Boilermaker staff as the second assistant coach on August 14, 2015.

Hannigan comes to Purdue after spending the last four years as the owner/operator of Goin Yard, LLC, a softball instructional company through which she has helped guide more than 40 athletes to commit to play collegiate softball. Concurrently, she has coordinated the national combine camps and recruited players to participate in skill building sessions for Diamond 9 Events.

In the travel ball world, she has been the head coach for the Jersey Intensity 16U team since August of 2013 and was the Vienna Stars 16U coach from 2011 to 2013, where she led the team to PGF Premier Nationals her last two seasons.

From 2006 to 2011, Hannigan was the assistant general manager and a senior instructor for Frozen Ropes, a baseball and softball instructional center in Chantilly, Virginia. She managed staff; trained players from ages three and up focusing on training elite travel, high school and collegiate players; ran national showcase camps, and helped promote fastpitch softball locally and nationally.

Hannigan played catcher at George Mason in 1999-2000 and at Colorado State in 2000-01, earning Mountain West Conference scholar-athlete honors, before suffering a career-ending injury. She went on earn her degree in psychology from Colorado State in 2003 and her master’s degree in counseling and developmental studies in 2004.

As a prepster, Hannigan was a three-time first team all-conference selection as a middle infielder at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia.

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