Natalie Shadowen is in her second season as the head coach of the Peregrines’ women’s volleyball team, after helping restart the program after a decade-long hiatus.
She led PUC to a 2-19 mark in her first season at the helm, including the school’s first conference victory of the new millenium with a three-set win over local rival Calumet St. Joseph.
Purdue Calumet shined in the classroom during the first year of the program’s resurgence, highlighted by the team’s selection as a NAIA Scholar Team with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.28. PUC had several individuals earn recognition for excellence in the classroom, as Savannah Hauter, Heather McCaslin and Alexis Valle each were tabbed as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Shadowen and her team also set an impressive example in the community during the Peregrines’ opening campaign. PUC volleyball was involved with the Disabled American Veterans Walk, the Girls on the Run program, painting projects at the East Chicago Boys and Girls Club and the South Shore Dance Alliance last year alone. Those accolades earned the team a nomination for the Buffalo Funds/NAIA Five Star Team Character Award.
The former three-year captain at Purdue Calumet is a veteran of the Northwest Indiana volleyball scene, with over 13 years of coaching experiences at both the high school and club levels. She was previously a member of the Highland High School coaching staff, a program that she has served for six seasons.
Prior to her time at Highland, Shadowen held coaching stints at Chesterton High School, Valparaiso High School, Lowell High School and Griffith Senior High School as well as three seasons with Dunes Volleyball Club. She has also served as a women’s basketball coach, highlighted by her two-year stint at National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C.
The 1996 graduate was inducted into the Purdue Calumet Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, as part of the school’s nationally-ranked women’s basketball team in 1994-95.
Erin Zeller is in her second season as a member of the Purdue Calumet volleyball coaching staff. She came to Purdue Calumet, after spending two seasons as a member of the Highland High School coaching staff. Zeller will be involved in all aspects of the program, but primarily focus on player development and strength and conditioning.
She was three-sport star in high school at Conant High School in Illinois, starring in basketball, softball and volleyball. The Schaumburg, Ill. native continued her softball career collegiately at Western Illinois, earning three all-conference honors during her time with the Leathernecks.
Zeller, who currently lives in St. John, Ind., obtained a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Western Illinois in 2007.