WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue head softball coach Kim Maher resigned from her position on Saturday.
"I will forever be grateful to the late Roger Blalock for giving me an opportunity to coach at Purdue University," said Maher. "The support I have received from the administration and support staff throughout my eight years has been astounding. I will miss my athletes greatly but know they will continue to work hard and keep Purdue softball moving in the right direction."
In eight seasons under Maher, the Boilermakers posted a 240-204-3 record. They posted a .500 or better record seven times, while reaching the 30-win milestone on six occasions. Purdue made back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009, the first in program history.
Maher came to Purdue in 2005 as the second head coach in program history after serving as an assistant at the University of California for six years. As a player, she represented the United States in numerous international competitions, including the 1996 Olympic Games, where she won a gold medal.
"Kim's tenure as our head softball coach was highlighted by our first two NCAA Tournament appearances, and she built the program into a more consistent contender in the Big Ten," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "We thank her for eight years of loyal service to Purdue University and wish her all the best."
A national search will begin for Maher's replacement.
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