Soccer hires Josh Purdum as goalkeeping coach

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State women’s soccer head coach Keeley Hagen announced on Monday that Josh Purdum would join the Rams staff as an assistant coach, overseeing goaltending.

If the name sounds familiar in the area, that’s because 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, while serving as a graduate assistant coach for the Bears. He played for the club’s team and was a member of the Northern Colorado Cutthroats of the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) from 2009 to 2011.

More recently, Purdum, a goaltending specialist, comes from North Dakota State where he was the Bison’s associate head coach. He first arrived in Fargo, ND in 2018 as an assistant coach and the second year he helped goaltender Monica Polgar earn All-Summit League honors and a nod from the All-Central region. In 2019, Polgar made 110 saves during the season, the third most in school history, and had an .859 save percentage for sixth in school history.

Prior to his move to NDSU, Purdum spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. where he helped lead the Colonels to a share of their first-ever league regular-season championship. Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) in 2016 with an overall record of 13-5-1. The Colonels achieved the biggest NCAA turnover in Purdum’s freshman year, going from 4-14 in 2015 to 13-5-1 in 2016. The team also set program records for fewest goals against (15) and the total number of goals (30). Purdum played a key role in developing goaltender Anna Hall into an All-OVC performer. Under his guidance, Hall broke program records for shutouts (11) and goals-against-average (0.78) in 2016. She was voted second-team All-OVC at the end of the regular season. In his senior season, Purdum helped EKU to a tie for second place in the OVC and an 11-5-4 overall record.

His first full-time position after UNC came to Drake in 2015 for one season. He helped the Bulldogs go 4-0-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference and capture a share of the 2015 regular season conference title. Purdum worked specifically with goalie Drake, Brooke Dennis, who was named MVC Goaltender of the Year and earned All-Conference First-Team honors after the 2015 season.

In total, Purdum has worked with an all-conference goaltender in each of its stops, with five players honored. He also enjoyed success at UNC, helping the Bears capture a share of their first-ever Big Sky Conference regular season title in 2011. Two Northern Colorado goaltenders won the goalie title of the Year and Purdum All-Conference First Team – Kirsten Salminen (2011) and Natalie D’Adamio (2012 and 2013).

The head coach Keeley Hagen

About Josh Purdum…
“We are thrilled to have Josh join our program. He is returning to base, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him and his wife on board. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience specifically for the position. goalkeeper. He is a life learner and continues to put himself in a position to develop his knowledge and experience in the game.”

Assistant Coach Josh Purdum

On the decision to join the staff…
“This is a community I’ve had my eye on since CSU added the program, and I couldn’t be more excited to get started with ‘Ramily’ Soccer! I want to thank Keeley Hagen and the Senior Athletic Administration for the opportunity to contribute to the vision of this promising program. This team is poised to succeed under Keeley’s leadership, making this an exciting time to join his team!”

-CSURams.com-

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