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Purdue will not renew Robert Klatte's Contract

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After 17 years, Klatte will no longer coach the Women's Soccer team.

Juergen Schwarz

After finishing a 6-11-2 (2-10-1 B1G) record, Purdue announced that it would part ways with the only women's soccer head coach in school history. In addition to Klatte, Purdue will not renew the contracts of assistant coaches Erin Otagaki-VanPaemel and Parrissa Eyorokon. All three contracts end on December 31st.

Throughout Klatte's career, he earned an overall record of 175-141-32 and a conference record of 71-78-17. This included trips to the NCAA Tournament six times from 2002 to 2009, finishing as high as the Round of 16 in 2003. In 2007, he won a school record 20 games, finishing second in the conference that year and earning Big Ten Coach of Year honors (which he also earned in 2002).

According to PurdueSports.com, Klatte was hired a full year before Purdue's first game in 1998. Despite not having any facilities as the program was being built from scratch, Klatte hit the recruiting trail hard, trying to bring in new players to be part of the first soccer team.

"I hope Rob will look back on his time at Purdue and recognize all that he accomplished...To start a program that didn't even have a field when he was hired and take it to the level he did speaks volumes about his work ethic, passion and knowledge of the game. I appreciate all that Rob did for our student-athletes and our department."

-Morgan Burke

Obviously, Klatte was in integral part of building Purdue's new program, but given the recent departure from the NCAA tournament and poor record this year, it was time for Purdue to start looking towards the future and ending the Klatte era. Purdue will begin a national search for Klatte's replacement. We wish Robert and his staff well as they begin a new life outside of Purdue.