After narrowing their list of possibilities down to a quartet of finalists a week ago, Purdue chose a familiar face as the new leader for their softball program after former Arkansas assistant Boo Gillette De Oliviera was announced as the new Boilermaker head coach.
De Oliviera comes to Purdue after a single-season stint as an assistant at Arkansas. Prior to her short-lived tenure with the Razorbacks, De Oliviera served as an assistant coach under Craig Nicholson at Arizona State and at North Carolina.
A Boilermaker assistant coach from 2007-2010, De Oliviera was part of two NCAA tournament berths for the program during that span.
Prior to beginning her Division One coaching career, De Oliviera's resume also included a stint as an assistant at Edgewood College in Madison, WI and as head coach at Madison Area Technical College for a single season in 2007.
As a four-year member of the Wisconsin Badgers, De Oliviera three times earned all-B1G honors as a catcher. In 2005, she was named her squad's Most Valuable Player and still holds top-ten spots in four categories in the UW all-time record books.
In addition to coaching, De Oliviera holds the position of second vice president of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the NFCA.
She takes over a Boilermaker program that finished a single game below .500 in 2016, posting a 27-28 mark, including an 8-15 record in conference play. The Boilermakers are coming off a three-year stint that saw them post an 85-81-1 record.