HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest athletics department was highlighted by many firsts, school records and other academic and athletic success during the 2017-18 season.
Each weekday for the next 15 days we will add a new moment to our top 15 countdown to showcase some of the greatest moments throughout the past year.
#11: Purdue Northwest Athletics Unveils Lalaeff & Fischer Golf Training Center
Holding a luncheon and ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the special occasion, Purdue Northwest Athletics was pleased to unveil its new Lalaeff & Fischer PNW Golf Training Center Friday afternoon at the Fitness & Recreation Center on its Hammond campus. The 800-square foot indoor golf center features five types of synthetic turf with surfaces for putting, chipping, pitching and full swings as well as two large TV screens to utilize enhanced launch monitor technology, video analysis and Ground Reaction Force (GRF) technology.
“This is a beautiful indoor facility for our Pride men’s and women’s golf programs and will help both of our golf teams continue to grow and develop,” said Purdue Northwest Director of Athletics Rick Costello. “On behalf of the PNW Pride, we sincerely appreciate all the support and generosity that Barb and Burney Fischer have shown to help make this facility a reality.”
The Fischer family wanted to honor Mike Lalaeff as well with this facility for his dedication to youth development and his love of golf. Lalaeff was a Hammond native, who won the prestigious Hammond Times District Amateur Golf Championship in 1966 and was inducted into the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
#12: Purdue Northwest Athletics Records 3.28 GPA During Fall Semester
For the third straight semester, the Purdue University Northwest Athletics Department has surpassed its collective grade-point average when the Fall 2017 academic report was recently released. With over 200 PNW student-athletes contributing, the Pride posted a new benchmark semester grade-point average of 3.28.
In addition, PNW Athletics had 27 of its student-athletes boast a perfect 4.0 GPA, nearly doubling its total of 14 from the Spring 2017 semester. In fact, 75 percent recorded at least a 3.0 GPA.
#13: PNW’s Cordova Named National Semifinalist for Wooden Cup
Purdue Northwest men’s cross country senior standout Salvador Cordova (Hammond, Ind./Bishop Noll) was named one of 25 national semifinalists for The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup presented by Athletes for a Better World (ABW) when the national organization announced the award committee’s selections. To be nominated for the Wooden Cup, an athlete must exemplify strong character and leadership both on and off the field in addition to making worthwhile contributions to sport and society.
Full recap: http://www.pnwathletics.com/mcc/news/2017-18/4224/pnws-cordova-named-national-semifinalist-for-wooden-cup/
#14: Purdue Northwest Athletics Pays Special Tribute to John Friend
In a formal dinner and ceremony at Purdue Northwest’s Fitness & Recreation Center, the PNW Pride paid a special tribute to one of its long-time athletic administrators, John Friend. During the ceremony that included nearly 200 of Friend’s family, friends and colleagues, the University also officially announced the naming of its Fitness & Recreation court as “John Friend Court” and bestowed upon Friend the title of Director of Athletics Emeritus.
#15: Flessner Named NCBWA Division II National Pitcher of the Week
Just three days after earning the program’s first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Baseball Pitcher of the Week honor, Purdue Northwest junior Kyle Flessner (Thomasboro, Ill./Kankakee CC/Rantoul Township) made history again. Flessner was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II National Pitcher of the Week award winner