Success has been hard to come by for the Purdue Northwest women’s soccer team since the program was established prior to the start of the 2012 season.
Three coaches have tried to deliver the first winning season in program history and all have come short, culminating in a 0-15 campaign in 2017 that saw Purdue Northwest get outscored 72-3 during the season.
The Pride hope to have turned a corner with the hiring of Jake Truty as the new women’s soccer coach in a move that was announced last week. Truty, who was an assistant on the Purdue Northwest men’s team last fall, has extensive coaching experience at Robert Morris where he coached both the men’s and women’s team over a period of 16 years.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jake aboard as our women’s soccer head coach,” Purdue Northwest director of athletics Rick Costello said in a statement. “He has a wealth of coaching experience at the collegiate level for both women’s and men’s teams. Jake also has a lot of familiarity with the Chicagoland area from his time at Robert Morris and that will be a huge asset for recruiting quality student-athletes for the Pride.”
Truty was named the 2012 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2012 and won the men’s conference title in 2011 with a 9-1 record while leading the Eagles to a 14-4 overall record. Truty coached the Robert Morris women’s soccer team from 2001-06 before coaching the men from 2007-16. He also coached the Robert Morris women’s lacrosse team for three seasons, going 41-13 and winning the 2014 National Women’s LaCrosse National Championship.
Truty was an assistant on the Purdue Northwest men’s team in 2017, leading the Pride to a 4-9-3 record and a 3-7-2 record in conference play.
“I’m so played to have been given the opportunity to coach the women’s soccer team and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the next few seasons,” Truty said in a statement. “I want to thank Rick Costello for giving me the chance as well as the entire PNW athletic department and I can’t wait to meet the returning players who will take the field this fall.”
The Pride have 24 players eligible to return on the roster following the 2017 season, including a host of players from Northwest Indiana. Griffith product Megan Miller and Boone Grove product Allie Hill both scored a goal for the Pride this season. Miller was named Honorable Mention All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as a freshman this season.
Truty replaces former head coach Danielle Foxhoven after the former professional soccer player went 5-26-1 in two seasons with the Pride. Purdue Northwest’s other former coaches include Leslie Ferguson (17-36-1 in three seasons) and Kellie Evans (2-15-1 in one season).
Crimson Wave fall to Judson: The Calumet College of St. Joseph’s men’s volleyball team began its 2018 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference campaign Tuesday night.
The Crimson Wave captured the first set against Judson, but then lost the remaining three sets as the Eagles won their first game in program history with a 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 29-27 win over CCSJ. Judson improved to 1-8 this season and Tuesday’s match was the first home contest in program history for the Eagles.
Senior Tim Williams had 20 kills to lead the Crimson Wave (0-2, 0-1) while freshman setter Roberto Morales had 38 assists. CCSJ will return to action tonight when it hosts Trinity Christian College in the CCAC home opener at the Rittenmeyer Athletic Center in Whiting.