Jeff Boardman enters his fifth year as the head softball coach at Purdue North Central.
Boardman has overseen a remarkable turnaround during his tenure. He inherited the program late in 2005 with only 12 eligible players, including just five returners. After finishing 6-32 overall in 2006, the Panthers finished 21-17 in 2007 and 25-19 in 2008 and 29-23 in 2009. The last three seasons have established single season win records at PNC.
Furthermore, the Panthers are now competitive within the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. In 2009 PNC finished 10-8 in the CCAC and qualified for the postseason, earning the sixth and final spot (of 10 teams) for the CCAC Tournament. Their late season run allowed the Panthers to finish third in the Tournament before bowing out to the eventual tournament champion 1-0 in 12 innings. The 10 wins matched the 2007 total for most wins in conference play in the program's history.
In 2008 PNC was 8-10 and finished seventh, narrowly missing the final spot for the CCAC.
But the fourth place finish in 2007 with a record of 10-8 is the highest ever for PNC and completed the dramatic turnaround from 1-17 in 2005, Boardman's first year.
Prior to his arrival at PNC, Boardman served as the head coach at the Calumet College of St. Joseph, a fellow Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference member for two seasons.
While at Calumet, Boardman inherited a program of only seven players and doubled the roster after one season. In just one year's time, Boardman led the Crimson Wave program to a competitive level they had never experienced before.
Before entering the college ranks, Boardman had coached various levels of softball for 20 years, including many summer travel "A" teams with present PNC assistant coach Denny King.
Boardman resides in Wheeler with his wife of 37 years (Lynn) and has two married daughters and one grandson.
While not coaching, Boardman's favorite hobby is golfing.