Coaching Staff

 

Associate Head Coach
Nadine Morgan


Nadine Morgan enters her 12th season with the Boilermakers, serving as an assistant coach for eight seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in 2014. She has spent 12 of her 14 years in college coaching alongside head coach Sharon Versyp, logging one season at Indiana before arriving at Purdue, and spending two years as an assistant at James Madison. Morgan’s primary duties with the Boilermakers include recruiting coordination, scouting and guard development.

In 11 seasons at Purdue Morgan has been a part of nine NCAA Tournament appearances, a pair of Elite Eights, four Big Ten Tournament Championships, six Big Ten Tournament Championship game appearances and eight top-five Big Ten Conference records. She’s helped guide the Boilermakers to nine 20-plus win seasons, including each of the last two seasons, and record setting team marks for free throw shooting, 3-point shooting and ball security.

Alongside Versyp, Morgan has played an instrumental role in 10 top-25 recruiting classes, including four in the nation’s top-10. The 2015 recruiting class was ranked eighth in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz, and first in the Big Ten, while the 2016 group featured the No. 20 overall player. Morgan and Versyp have teamed to produce some of the top players in program history as well, including 10 of the top-30 scorers all-time at Purdue, six of the top-10 3-point shooters, three of the top-10 assist leaders and two of the top-10 steal leaders.

In her one season with the Hoosiers, Morgan helped Indiana to a 19-14 overall record and 9-7 conference mark, and in two years at JMU, her alma mater, she helped the Dukes to a 31-29 record.

Morgan, who was recruited to James Madison by Versyp, was a four-year starter and a three-year captain for the Dukes. She finished her career ranked fourth in career rebounds (793) and seventh in career points (1,365). Those numbers put her as one of only two players in James Madison history to score more than 1,300 points and collect over 750 rebounds. She also was tied for second in games started (112), ranked third in made free throws (325), fifth in consecutive games played (119) and tied for sixth in total number of games played. Morgan was named first team All-CAA in 2001 and voted to the Colonial Athletic All-Tournament team in 2001 and 2003.

Morgan also excelled in the classroom. In 2003 she was named first team CoSIDA/Verizon Academic All-District III and to the CAA All-Academic Team. Morgan also was a finalist for the 2002-03 JMU Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. She graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences.

The Stone Mountain, Ga., native was a member of the Georgia Magic 17 and under AAU team that won a national championship in 1999. She was also a two-time all-state selection while competing at Stone Mountain High School.

Morgan is active in the Greater Lafayette community and her volunteer activities include the Read to Succeed program, Lafayette Urban Ministry and Purdue’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes program. She has also been on mission trips to Haiti and South Africa during her tenure with the Boilermakers.

 

Assistant Coach
Beth Couture

Beth Couture heads into her second season with the Boilermakers, coming to Purdue after one season as the associate head coach at Cleveland State University. Her short stint with the Vikings came after head-coaching stints at Converse College, Butler University and Presbyterian College.

Her first season with the Boilermaker was an impressive one, helping tutor an impressive group of guards that included breakout senior Ashley Morrissette and freshman standout Dominique Oden. She helped the Boilermakers to a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and one of the most impressive late-season runs in program history.

Couture started her coaching career at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, where she was an assistant coach for two seasons before serving as the head coach of the Blue Hose for 13 seasons. She compiled 258 wins, posting 20-plus victories eight times, including a 28-2 mark in 1999-00, as Presbyterian won the South Athletic Conference championship and was ranked as high as fourth in NCAA Division II.

Couture led Presbyterian to six NCAA postseason appearances, four SAC tournament titles and three SAC regular-season titles. Her squads achieved 10 all-league honors, including three SAC Players of the Year and two SAC Freshmen of the Year, and Couture was a four-time SAC Coach of the Year recipient.

Butler introduced Couture as its head coach in 2002, and she quickly built a winning program, amassing 193 wins in 12 seasons. The Bulldogs posted four straight 20-win seasons from 2008 to 2011 and had five WNIT appearances during her tenure. She is the all-time winningest coach in Butler women’s basketball history and mentored 15 Bulldogs to all-league honors, including the 2009-10 Horizon League Player of the Year and a pair of Horizon League Sixth Players of the Year.

Couture spent the 2014-15 campaign as the head coach at NCAA Division II Converse College, and then joined Cleveland State as the associate head coach of the Vikings for 2015-16. All told, she has amassed 455 victories as a head coach.

Not only has Couture been successful on the sidelines, but she was also a standout on the court at Erskine College, where she was named a Kodak All-American during her senior season. She was a two-time District 6 Player of the Year, four-time Erskine Most Valuable Player and scored more than 2,000 points during her collegiate career. Couture was inducted into the Erskine College Hall of Fame in 1989.

 

Assistant Coach
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton


Boilermaker All-American Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton heads into her sixth season on the Purdue sidelines. The Naperville, Ill., native played professional basketball between her playing days with the Boilermakers and her coaching position, most recently with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

It is technically Wisdom-Hylton’s second stint on the Boilermaker coaching staff as she served in a temporary capacity as an assistant coach for part of the 2009-10 season.

Working primarily with the post players, Wisdom-Hylton has been a key part of the development of recent standouts Sam Ostarello, Drey Mingo, Whitney Bays and Liza Clemons. She’s helped the Boilermaker interior players post several marks in the Purdue record books, including Ostarello’s single-season rebounding mark in 2012-13, and Bays’ single-season double-double total in 2014-15.

Wisdom-Hylton graduated from Purdue in May of 2009 and was the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2009 WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. She played two seasons with the Sparks, one with the Chicago Sky and her final season with the Mystics. Wisdom-Hylton also played professionally on the international level, competing for teams in Austria, France, Greece and Israel.

As a senior at Purdue, Wisdom-Hylton led the Boilermakers in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage. She holds the school record for career rebounds (968) and blocked shots (281). Wisdom-Hylton was part of a senior class that led the Boilermakers to a 25-11 record and the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, the second appearance in the regional final for the group.

For her college career, Wisdom-Hylton averaged 11.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 2.1 blocks and 2.0 assists while shooting 52.4 percent from the floor. She is the only player in Big Ten history to accumulate at least 1,500 points, 900 rebounds, 300 steals and 200 blocks in a career. The 6-foot-2 forward was named honorable mention All-American, first team All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten in her final year at Purdue. She was the 2007 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, a three-time member of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team, two-time honorable mention All-American, two-time NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team, two-time Big Ten All-Tournament Team, a member of the 2005 Big Ten All-Freshman Team and three-time All-Big Ten, including a first team selection as a junior and a senior.

Wisdom-Hylton also won two gold medals with USA Basketball, the first at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship and then again in 2007 at the U21 World Championship in Moscow. It was there that Wisdom-Hylton tore her ACL, causing her to take a medical redshirt as a true senior.

A standout at Neuqua Valley High School, Wisdom-Hylton averaged 15.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 5.2 blocks and 4.9 steals as a senior, totaling 1,752 career points and 1,200 career rebounds. She is believed to be the first female in Illinois high school history to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists, 500 blocked shots and 500 steals.

 

Director of Basketball Operations
Terry Kix


Director of Basketball Operations Terry Kix is in her 12th year with the Boilermakers. She brought 15 years of field hockey head coaching experience and three years as the senior women’s administrator at the University of Maine to the Boilermaker program.

Kix’s primary duties include coordinating team travel, assisting with academic progress, community outreach and marketing as well as coordinating summer camps.

For two seasons she served as the supervisory administrator for the Purdue women’s soccer and men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs.

In addition to the wealth of time she gives to the team, Kix serves with numerous community service groups in the Greater Lafayette area. She sits on the board of directors for the Community Cancer Network and has implemented two major fundraisers for the organization with all proceeds benefiting local cancer patients. Kix’s additional community works include the Lafayette Hunger Hike, Habitat for Humanities, Carry the Torch and Feast of the Hunter’s Moon.

As the head coach at Maine, Kix was named America East Coach of the Year four times, Northeast Region Coach of the Year and compiled a 174-109-5 record. Her field hockey team achieved the highest team grade-point average five times while she was at the helm.

The Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native was an outstanding student-athlete, honored as a two-time field hockey All-American at Connecticut. She won a national championship as a player in 1981 and again as an assistant coach in 1985 for the Huskies. Kix was selected as the 1985 Connecticut Female Athlete of the Year, and in 1984 was a finalist for college field hockey’s top honor, the Broderick Award.

 

Director of Player Development
Matthew Layman


Matthew Layman is in his third season with the Boilermakers as the team's video coordinator, and was recently named the team's Director of Player Development.

Layman came to Purdue after stops at Heidelberg University and Case Western Reserve, and he was a student-athlete at Manchester University in Northeast Indiana.

Layman was a two-sport athlete at Manchester, participating in men's basketball and track & field during his time with the Spartans. He still holds the school record in the 60-meter hurdles, and was a conference placewinner in several events, including the high jump and triple jump.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in athletic training in 2012, Layman joined the Heidelberg women's basketball staff as a graduate assistant. In two seasons with the Student Prince, he served in a variety of roles, including recruiting, video services, strength & conditioning, and academic advising, and filled in as a co-interim head coach in the spring of 2013. Their top season in his tenure was a 12-14 mark in 2013-14, where they saw an impressive jump in their overall win total and qualified for the conference tournament for the first time in four years. While at Heidelberg, he also earned a master's degree in education. Most recently, Layman worked at Case Western Reserve as an assistant athletic trainer, serving with the Spartans' men's soccer, men's basketball and baseball programs.

Layman has been a regular at a variety of basketball summer camps for the last four years, including the Boilermakers' regiment that coaches various age groups. He also has traveled to Colorado, Eastern Kentucky and helped at Heidelberg during his tenure there. He was the head coach of The Training Area boys' varsity team in 2011, leading his squad to an American Youth Basketball Tour national runner-up finish.

 

Graduate Student Manager
David Pennewell


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Graduate Student Manager
Meghan Thornburg


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