WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Purdue head softball coach Kim Maherhas announced her resignation, effective immediately.
“I will forever be grateful to the late Roger Blalock for giving me an opportunity to coach at Purdue University,” Maher said. “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 (.540 winning percentage). 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. The Boilermakers garnered the program’s first-ever national ranking on Feb. 10, 2009, as the No. 23 team in the ESPN.com/USA Today Top 25 poll.
Her student-athletes were honored with eight All-Mideast Region, 18 All-Big Ten, one Academic All-America, seven Academic All-District and 57 Academic All-Big Ten accolades. The Boilermakers had at least one All-Big Ten honoree each of the last six seasons, including Andie Varsho and Maia Monchekin 2013. Maher’s teams also had at least four players earn Academic All-Big Ten honors every year, including 11 in 2013.
In addition, the Boilermakers were committed to community service. In 2012, the team helped out at the Hanna Fest carnival on Labor Day, raised more than $6,800 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the Light The Night Walk, worked with Indiana travel ball teams at the National Softball Association softball camp, volunteered at the American Heart Association “Red Out” event promoting a healthy lifestyle, danced for the children of Riley Hospital at the Purdue University Dance Marathon and served Thanksgiving dinner to Tippecanoe county residents at the Hanna House.
“Kim is a true believer in developing the complete student-athlete, as evidenced by her players making headlines on the field, in the classroom and in the community,” said assistant athletics director Calvin Williams, who oversees the softball program. “It has been my privilege to work with her over the last two seasons, and I appreciate all her efforts on behalf of our student-athletes.”
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.
SPY NOTE: Head coach vacancies: Auburn, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Purdue. If current rumors become reality, more vacancies will occur.