Purdue Northwest Athletics had plenty of its student-athletes recognized when the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announced its All-Academic & All-Academic Excellence Teams Thursday morning following the Spring 2018 semester. The Pride had 30 student-athletes across five spring teams (baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s tennis and softball) named to either the All-Academic or All-Academic Excellence Team.
The Purdue Northwest student-athletes shined in the classroom again with the recent release of the 2018 Spring Semester Academic report. Over 200 student-athletes combined to average a collective grade point average (GPA) of 3.21.
The RailCats signed infielder Will Savage to his first Independent Professional Baseball contract before Sunday’s 10-2 loss vs. Fargo-Moorhead and placed infielder Randy Santiesteban on the Disabled List retroactive to June 2 with a strained left hamstring. Savage made his IPBF debut after coming in at shortstop as a defensive replacement in the top of the seventh and recorded an infield single in his first at-bat in the eighth.
Railcats fans know that a day at the U.S Steel Yard always brings much more than a quality baseball game. From fireworks and autographs to Taco Tuesdays, something exciting is always happening be it on, or off the field. This year, the Railcats are celebrating a legendary workplace comedy with “The Office” Wednesdays, featuring “The Office” themed games, contests, jerseys, and more.
Jon Newcomb has been hired as Purdue Northwest’s Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information, Marketing and Event Management. Newcomb officially begins his new role on Monday, June 4. Newcomb served as a graduate assistant for Pride Athletics from August 2015 to December 2017.
The accolades continue to come in for senior Kyleigh Payne (Bourbonnais, Ill./Kankakee CC/Bishop McNamara) as she was selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NCAA Division II All-American Third Team Wednesday evening. Earlier this month she was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Softball Player of the Year. Payne was also a NFCA Division II All-Midwest Region First Team honoree. She became the first female student-athlete to win GLIAC Player of the Week on March 26.
You don’t have to love baseball to have a blast at a RailCats game.
The Gary SouthShore RailCats 2018 season is now underway. Game after game is lined up with rivals such as the Chicago Dogs facing off with the RailCats, but there are a ton of other events that will draw crowds out to the field this summer!
Coming off the program’s first season in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), Purdue Northwest men’s soccer coach Ryan Hayes recently announced the addition of 13 incoming student-athletes as part of his 2018 recruiting class. The class consists of three college transfers and 10 incoming freshmen. The signees are listed below in alphabetical order, including a quote by Hayes on each.
On Thursday afternoon, Purdue University Northwest (PNW) welcomed a new member to their team: Boomer Roberts, head coach of the PNW Men’s Basketball Team. With a life mission based on family values and living a meaningful life, Roberts is a promising leader who hopes to have an incredible impact at the university.
Purdue Northwest Director of Athletics Rick Costello announced the hiring of Brian “Boomer” Roberts as the university’s new men’s basketball head coach Monday evening. Roberts joins the Pride after a nearly four-year stint at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill., where he compiled an 84-48 overall record (.640 win percentage) over four seasons. Roberts engineered the largest three-year turnaround at any level of college basketball from 2014 to 2017 bringing the Trojans from five wins in a season to 30.
Freshman Kyle Freel (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) was named the 2018 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Freshman Pitcher of the Year and sophomore catcher Hunter Thorn (Portage, Ind./Portage) and freshman pitcher Chad Patrick (Hebron, Ind./Hebron) both earned All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team recognition on the 2018 All-GLIAC Baseball Team when the postseason awards were announced Wednesday evening by the conference office.