WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue softball coach Kim Schuette announced the hiring of assistant J.T. Gasso on Friday.
He has spent the last three years with the University of Oklahoma softball program.
Gasso will work with all aspects of the Boilermaker program, specializing in defensive instruction.
"We have spoken with a lot of colleagues whom we respect and J.T.'s name kept coming up," Schuette said. "He has the energy, communication skills, determination to win and work ethic we were looking for to complete our staff. He is a coach's kid who has grown up around the game, constantly learning and building experience. I truly value loyalty and hard work and want to surround myself with good, quality people who do the right thing all of the time and who also love to coach, teach and inspire young athletes … we have found that in J.T."
A collegiate baseball player at Eastern Oklahoma State and East Central University, Gasso has spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma, where he was responsible for compiling scouting reports, game day and practice set up and assisting in hitting instruction and game planning for the team, including its 2013 national championship and 2012 national runner-up seasons. His coaching pedigree also includes time as a camp coach with national championship programs at LSU and UCLA and at the IntenCity Sports Training Academy in Norman, Oklahoma.
"I am really happy to get the opportunity to coach with Coach Schuette and Coach Dorey," Gasso said. "Coming to Purdue was an easy decision for me to make, because their coaching philosophy and the family atmosphere surrounding the program matches up with what I am used to at Oklahoma. I want to thank the coaches at OU who have helped me get to this point in my career. Purdue has the potential to be a national contender and I am ready to help the team make a big impact on the national and conference scenes."
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