OXFORD, Miss. (Ole Miss Athletics/WTVA) - Ole Miss head softball coach Mike Smith has announced the hiring of Kim Schuette as the Rebels pitching coach. Schuette has spent the past 14 seasons as a head coach at the Division I level.
"I am very excited to join the Ole Miss softball program, the athletic department, and the University of Mississippi," said Schuette. "I want to thank Mike and Lynnette Johnson for this great opportunity. Mike has elevated Ole Miss softball to a top-20 program in the country. Together with the staff, I look forward to helping sustain that and propel the program to being an annual national contender."
A longtime veteran of the coaching profession with more than 400 wins, Schuette has served as the head coach for 11 seasons across two stints at her alma mater, Eastern Illinois. In addition to her coaching duties at EIU, she has also held the role of the school's Senior Woman Administrator since January of 2018.
In between her two stops at EIU, Schuette gained Power Five head coaching experience in the Big Ten, heading up the program at Purdue for three seasons from 2014-16.
"We are excited about Kim and her family coming to Oxford to join our staff and community," said Smith. "She is an excellent coach and will help us to continue the direction our program is headed in. Adding someone with a head coaching pedigree will be a tremendous asset for our players and program, and Kim's Power Five experience adds to the complete package. Kim has been highly recommended and her colleagues speak highly of her character and expertise in pitching."
The all-time wins leader at EIU, Schuette has racked up an overall record of 312-271-1 during her time in Charleston. She twice led the Panthers to the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title in 2011 and 2013, claiming the OVC Coach of the Year award for both campaigns. In each of those seasons, Schuette coached the OVC Pitcher of the Year in Amber May (2011) and Hanna Mennega (2013).
In total, Schuette's Panthers have garnered 25 All-OVC selections, with seven players being named to the NFCA All-Mid-East Region Teams.
During her three-year stretch at Purdue, Schuette led the Boilermakers to an 85-81-1 record, registering five wins over top-25 teams. In 2015 Schuette's squad won 31 games, tied for the second most in a season at Purdue since 2008.
In her short stay, Schuette coach seven All-Big Ten performers, including three-time all-league pitching honoree Lilly Fecho. The Boilermakers also boasted nine NFCA All-Mid-East Region selections over Schuette's three seasons.
Before joining the Division I ranks, Schuette made her head coaching debut in 2005, coaching one season at Division II Quincy University. She got her start in coaching as an assistant at San Jose State, coaching in the Bay Area for four seasons from 2001-04.
Schuette began her playing career at EIU, ultimately finishing her career at Indiana State. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Indiana State in 2001 and a Master's Degree from San Jose State in 2002. A native of Itasca, Illinois, Schuette and her husband, Jason, have two children.
"I look forward to getting to know the team, being on the beautiful campus, and our family joining the Oxford Community," said Schuette. "This is a great time for this program and you can feel it. Hotty Toddy!"