WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Kim Schuette, who led Eastern Illinois to Ohio Valley Conference championships in 2011 and 2013, was introduced Tuesday as the third head coach in Purdue softball history.
Schuette has 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.
"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."
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 EIU assistant coach Jason Dorey. The couple, which married in 2007, has a daughter, Lauren Lynn (3).
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