Josh Purdum was hired as an assistant coach for the Eastern Kentucky soccer program in May of 2016.
Purdum arrived at EKU following a successful stint as the goalkeepers coach at Drake University. In his lone season in Des Moines, Purdum helped lead Drake to a 4-0-2 record in the Missouri Valley Conference and to a share of the 2015 regular season conference crown. It was the Bulldogs’ first MVC regular season title since 2006.
Purdum worked specifically with Drake’s goalkeeper, Brooke Dennis, who was named the MVC Goalkeeper of the Year and earned first team all-conference honors following the 2015 season.
“When taking over a program, it’s extremely important to build a staff who share the same vision and also bring different strengths to the team,” Flohre said. “I think we’ve done that by adding Josh. He comes highly recommended from everyone he’s worked with in the past and brings unique experiences to EKU.”
Before working at Drake, Purdum was a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Northern Colorado, from 2011-14. He also experienced success at UNC, helping the Bears win a share of their first-ever Big Sky Conference regular season title in 2011.
Two Northern Colorado goalkeepers earned Big Sky Goalkeeper of the Year and first team all-conference honors under Purdum’s guidance – Kirsten Salminen (2011) and Natalie D’Adamio (2012 and 2013).
Purdum earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Colorado in 2011, and a master’s degree in clinical counseling from UNC in 2014.
He played on the Northern Colorado men’s club soccer team and was a member of the Northern Colorado Cutthroats of the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) from 2009-2011.
“Josh has coached three goalkeepers to conference Goalkeeper of the Year awards, and he is also a certified counselor,” Flohre added. “His experience working with goalkeepers and defenders, as well as his counseling expertise, will be a great help as we work to build a championship culture within the EKU soccer program. The players and I are extremely excited to be able to have Josh as part of the team!”
Purdum and his wife, Kelly, reside in Lexington.
The native of Weddington, N.C. will be working towards a master's degree in sports management at EKU.
Rachael Doyle, a former Australian National Team member and Academic All-American at Washington State, was hired as an assistant coach for the Eastern Kentucky soccer program in July of 2016.
“We’re thrilled to have Rachael join our program and the Eastern Kentucky community,” head coach Nick Flohre said. “Rachael has played at the highest level of soccer (collegiately, professionally and internationally) and will be an invaluable resource of knowledge for our players. It’s not every day we can add a coach who has represented her country in international play. We’re lucky to have Rachael become a Colonel!”
Doyle earned a cap with the Australian National Team in August of 2007. She was also a member of the Australian U-20 Team at the Asian Football Confederation Championship that same year.
The native of Sydney played professionally for the Central Coast Mariners of Australia’s W-League from 2008 to 2009.
After wrapping up her playing career in Australia, Doyle earned a scholarship to play collegiately at Washington State. She was a four-year letter-winner (2010-14), a three-time team captain (2011-13) and a three-time second team All-Pac-12 selection (2011-13) for the Cougars.
Doyle was also a standout in the classroom during her time at WSU. She was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic first team member (2012-13) and was voted a second team Academic All-American in 2013. She graduated summa cum laude from Washington State in 2014 with a degree in kinesiology. Her cumulative GPA was 3.96.
“I am very elated to be given the chance to coach and be part of the Eastern Kentucky University community,” Doyle said. “First and foremost, I would like to thank President Michael Benson, Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller and Head Coach Nick Flohre for the opportunity to be involved in the EKU’s soccer program. Nick has a strong and detailed plan for the future success of this program and I am honored to assist him and the team moving forward. I also want to thank my parents, family and friends for their enthusiasm and support of my new endeavor here in Richmond.”
Since graduation, Doyle has worked as a disability support practitioner at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance while also serving as the head coach of the North West Sydney Women’s Koalas’ U-13 team.
“Rachael possesses the work ethic, drive, passion and character that will help this program continue building toward an OVC Championship,” Flohre added. “We’ve had coaches from all of the country calling to congratulate us on adding her to the staff. It’s a sign of how well-respected she is as a player, coach and person. We’re lucky to have her working with us."