Shauna Stapleton chosen for Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame

July 25, 2016

Shauna Stapleton chosen for Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame

Shauna Stapleton, a 2008 entomology graduate, has become the first soccer player to be selected for the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. She will be inducted along with eight other former student-athletes Sept. 9.

Stapleton was a four-year letter-winner in soccer from 2004 to 2007. She set a Purdue record by playing in 87 matches (now third all-time), while accumulating 15 goals and 14 assists (tied for 10th in school history) for 44 points as a midfielder.

As a senior, Stapleton was tri-captain of the most successful team in program history. She scored 10 goals (tied for the third-most in school annals) and had a school-record 11 assists for 31 points (second all-time), as the Boilermakers went 20-2-3, won the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Stapleton, who was selected Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Tournament, was named first team Academic All-American, Soccer Buzz third team All-American, first team All-Great Lakes Region and first team All-Big Ten. She was the National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Player of the Week after scoring the only goal as Purdue beat No. 1-ranked Portland.

Stapleton also was an outstanding student. She remains the only Boilermaker soccer player to earn the Big Ten Medal of Honor for demonstrating great proficiency in scholarship and athletics, and the Varsity Walk Award as the outstanding senior who participated as a varsity athlete and brought national recognition to Purdue. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree majored in entomology, was inducted into the Mortar Board national honor society and received the Flora Roberts Award, presented annually to an outstanding senior woman at Purdue to honor her scholarship, leadership, character and service to the university community.

After graduation, Stapleton served in Teach for America and earned a master's of public health degree from Purdue. She currently works for the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue and is in her third season as the head girls' soccer coach at West Lafayette (Indiana) Junior/Senior High School.

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