Basketball teams step up
The Purdue Calumet women finished 21-10 this season, 17-5 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference good for 2nd place, and ranked 13th nationally in NAIA II. The Peregrines also competed in the NAIA national tournament. Likewise, a strong second half season propelled the Peregrine men to an 18-14 record, the most victories since 2003-04.
Baseball, softball coaches introduced
Baseball and softball emerged on the Purdue Calumet athletics scene with the January introduction of coaches Dave Griffin (baseball) and Heather Tarter (softball). Griffin, who played professionally, is a local baseball school proprietor who coached Hammond Bishop Noll to a high school state title in 2004. Tarter is a former college catcher and top assistant at national junior college power Parkland (Ill.) College. The new teams begin play in 2013-14.
Outdoor sports complex update
Peregrine soccer, tennis, softball and baseball squads are eager to make nearby Dowling Park their home, perhaps as early as next season. Purdue Calumet and the city of Hammond are in partnership to develop a sports complex at the park, a mile southeast of campus. The partnership calls for the university to raise some $2 million. “We are looking for donors interested in obtaining five-year naming rights,” Chancellor Thomas Keon said.
Hall of Fame inductee
1980s basketball player Tony Garvey was inducted into the Purdue Calumet Athletic Hall of Fame Feb. 9.