Whitten becomes the fifth head coach in the 33-year history of the Mount’s women’s basketball program after Rev. James Delaney (45-30, 1974-78), Fred Carter (60-32, 1978-81), Bill Sheahan (372-104, 1981-98) and Vanessa Blair (120-135, 1998-07). The Mountaineers rank in the Top-50 in NCAA history in wins (557) and winning percentage (.664) and the team needs three victories for the 600th win in program history.
“Bryan Whitten brings his success story to the Mount which includes a proven track record from his time at both King’s College and
Whitten inherits a team that returns two starters and three letterwinners including two-time Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year Tiffany Green (Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee) along with six newcomers. The Mount went 12-17 overall last season and 10-8 in NEC play, finishing tied for fourth in the league.
“After a lengthy search with an excellent pool of candidates, we are very pleased to bring someone of
Whitten comes to Emmitsburg after serving as a women’s basketball assistant coach at
"I am very honored and excited to be the new women's basketball coach at Mount St. Mary's University,” said Whitten. “There is a strong tradition of success here and I look forward to the opportunity of continuing and building on that tradition. I would like to thank President Powell, Vice President Dan Soller, and Athletic Director Lynne Robinson for their confidence and for this great opportunity. I've met with the team and they are all pretty enthusiastic about the upcoming season. I'm really looking forward to being their coach. We are all anxious and excited to get things started and about the future of Mount St. Mary's basketball!”
Prior to his time in
“The journey to being a Division I head coach has been long and there are many people who have helped me get to this point,” said Whitten. “I'd like to thank the late John Dorish, who was the AD at King's College and gave me my first opportunity to be a college head coach, and the entire King's community for the their continual support; Beth Cunningham, the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth, who gave me the opportunity to become a Division I coach, and Mike Brey, head coach at Notre Dame, for his consistent advice and support. I'd also like to thank my former players at King's College whose loyalty, support, friendship and love have continued to inspire me. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to thank my family, especially my parents and my wife Angie, for their never ending confidence, guidance, support and love."
Whitten, a 1991 graduate at King’s College, coached one Columbus Multi-Media Division III National Player of the Year, three finalists for the Josten’s Trophy “National Player of the Year” Award, 23 all-conference players, five Most Valuable Players, 14 Division III All-Americans and 15 ECAC All-Stars. Also, Whitten coached Heather Medashefski, a 1999 graduate of King’s, who played professionally in
In additions to his team’s exploits on the court, Whitten’s players excelled off the court as well. He had 44 players named to the MAC Freedom All-Academic Team and five times his team ranked in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top-25.
After starting the first two years 15-34, Whitten led his alma mater to a 205-69 record in his final 10 seasons. In 1995-96, his team went 14-11 and followed that season up with a 17-10 mark before the Lady Monarchs produced the first 20-win season under Whitten with a 23-5 record and the squad won the ECAC South Championship, the first postseason title in program history.
After an 18-9 year and its third-straight ECAC Tournament appearance in 1998-99, Whitten led King’s to four-straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. The Lady Monarchs went 24-6 in 1990-00 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 before falling to
Whitten then had his best season in
In 2003-04, King’s advanced to the MAC Freedom Conference Tournament championship game with a 19-9 record before going 22-4 in Whitten’s final campaign with the Lady Monarchs.
A native of
Whitten and his wife Angie were married on Sept. 24, 2005 and are expecting their first child in January.