Bryan Whitten will begin his seventh season as the Mount St. Mary’s women’s basketball coach in 2013-14. Whitten and the Mountaineers are coming off a 15-16 record in the 2012-13 season that saw the program’s first trip the Northeast Conference semifinals since the 2000-01 season. The squad’s 15 wins were also the most in Whitten’s tenure and the most for a Mount team in a season since the 2000-01 campaign.
In 2011-12, Whitten guided the Mount to the Northeast Conference
Tournament after posting a 14-16 overall mark and a 10-8 record in
the league. The squad improved its win total by six games and
notched its most overall wins since 2008-09 and notching a winning
mark in league play for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.
Since joining the NEC in 1989-90, the Mount has advanced to 22
league postseasons in 24 years.
At the Mount, Whitten has coached three 1,000-point scorers, two All-NEC second-team selections, an All-NEC Rookie team selection, one NEC All-Tournament Team selection, two NEC Player of the Week and two NEC Rookie of the Week award winners. He picked up his 250th career victory and 30th as the Mount head coach with an 86-57 win against Quinnipiac on Jan. 30, 2010.
Whitten has coached the Mount in two milestone games after guiding the Mount to its 600th victory in his first season and to the squad's 1,000th game played in 2010-11.
Whitten's first season at Mount St. Mary's was highlighted by picking up his first Mount win with a 55-51 decision against Lafayette on Nov. 17, 2007 and guiding the Mount to its 600th win in program history with a 56-43 victory against Fordham on Dec. 29, 2007. In 2008-09, the Mountaineers made a six-game improvement from Whitten's first season and posted the most wins (14) since the 2000-01 season.
Whitten is 69-109 overall record and 45-63 in NEC play in his first six seasons in Emmitsburg while he has notched a 289-212 career record as a head coach in 18 seasons.
Whitten, the fifth head coach in program history, came to Emmitsburg after serving as a women’s basketball assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. In his two-year tenure at Virginia Commonwealth, Whitten coached the 2005-06 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Year and helped the Rams to a 30-28 record, including a 17-13 mark while the team advanced to the CAA quarterfinals in 2006-07.
Prior to his time in Richmond, Va., Whitten was the head women’s basketball coach at King’s College, a Division III program in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He spent 12 seasons at the helm of the Lady Monarchs, amassing a 220-103 record and guided the team 10 winning seasons in a row, 11-consecutive Middle Atlantic/Freedom Conference (MAC) Tournament berths, two MAC Freedom Conference titles and four trips to the NCAA Division III national tournament from 2000-03.
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 Portugal. Whitten was named the MAC Freedom Coach of the Year in 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
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
Scranton, who played in the national semifinals. The team then won
its first-ever MAC Freedom League title before losing to the
eventual national runner up Messiah in the NCAA Second Round with a
19-7 record in 2000-01.
Whitten then had his best season in Wilkes-Barre in 2001-02 when his Lady Monarchs posted a school-record 25-4 mark and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, falling to Final Four bound Marymount. In the next season, King’s won its second MAC Freedom crown and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, losing to the eventual national runner up Eastern Connecticut.
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 Hockessin, Del., Whitten started his coaching career as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball team at King’s from 1989-92. Whitten then returned to Delaware for one season to serve as an assistant coach at St. Mark’s High School and co-head coach of the Delaware Patriot AAU Girl’s 14-Under squad, which finished among the top six schools in the Atlantic Region.
Whitten and his wife Angie live in Frederick, Md., with their sons, Jamie (5) and Brayden (3).
SEASON RECORD NOTE
1997-98* 23‐5 ECAC South Champion
1998-99* 18‐9 MAC Semifinals
1999-00* 24‐6 NCAA Sweet 16
2000-01* 19‐7 NCAA Second Round
2001-02* 25‐4 NCAA Elite Eight
2002-03* 24‐4 NCAA Sweet 16
2003-04* 19‐9 Freedom Champions
2004-05* 22‐4 Freedom Semifinals *At King’s College (Division III)
12 SEASONS* 220‐103
2007-08^ 8-22 6-12 NEC Quarterfinals
2008-09^ 14-16 8-10 NEC Quarterfinals
2009-10^ 10-18 6-12
2010-11^ 8-21 5-13
2011-12^ 14-16 10-8 NEC Quarterfinals
2012-13^ 15-16 10-8 NEC Semifinals ^At Mount St. Mary’s
6 SEASONS^ 69-109 45-63
|Alma Mater:||Rhode Island|
King enters her fourth season at the Mount. King serves as recruiting coordinator, heads up community service projects, serves as an academic mentor and helps with scouting reports for opponents.
During the 2011-12 season, King helped the Mount to a six-game improvement after the Mountaineers posted a 14-16 overall mark and a 10-8 record in league play. It was the most overall wins since the 2008-09 year and the squad's first winning mark in the circuit since 2006-07. The Mount returned to the NEC Tournament in 2011-12 to make its 21st appearance in 23 years.
Working primarily with guards, King helped develop player that has ranked in the Top-10 in steals in the nation for the last two seasons. She has also coached one All-Northeast Conference second-team selection, a 1,000-point scorer and one player that played professionally abroad.
King came to Emmitsburg after serving as an assistant coach at Rhode Island for four seasons. She was responsible for academics, team travel, equipment, film exchange, scouting and recruiting for the Rams. Rhode Island participated in the A-10 Tournament all four years and won its first round game in each of the last two seasons to advance to the quarterfinals. King coached two 1,000-point scorers at Rhode Island, three all-conference selections and one A-10 All-Defensive team player.
A Catonsville, Md., native, King was a four-year standout player at Rhode Island. She is one of only 18 players to reach the 1,000-point plateau with the Rams and currently sits in 14th place on the program’s all-time career scoring list (1,023). In addition to her 1,000 points, she left Rhode Island fourth in career 3-pointers made (118), fourth in free throw percentage (.772, 224-290), fourth in assists (339) and ninth in 3-point percentage (.312, 118-378).
In her senior year, King averaged 12.4 points per game, led the team with 4.2 assists per game and made 49 baskets from behind the arc (ninth most in team history) to earn a spot on the All-Atlantic-10 third team. A team captain in her final two seasons, she set a single-game program record for free throws made in a game with 14 against Massachusetts on Jan. 30, 2003 and also holds the seventh-best mark with 11 made from the charity stripe against Northeastern on Dec. 7, 2002. King also ranks sixth (124, 2002-03) and eighth (119, 2003-04) on the single-season chart for assists while also holding the eighth-best free throw percentage for a season (.791, 106-134, 2002-03) at Rhode Island.
Recipient of the University of Rhode Island Althea Gibson Award in 2004, King represented the university at the 2003 NCAA Leadership Conference and was inducted into the Phi Sigma National Honors Society, the Golden Key International Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. In addition, King was active in the community, participating in the Rhody Reads program, serving as a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and volunteering at the Special Olympics and the World Scholar Athletic Games.
|Alma Mater:||Mount St. Mary's|
Brianna Gauthier enters her third season as an assistant coach at her alma mater under head coach Bryan Whitten in 2012-13.
During the 2011-12 season, Gauthier helped the Mount to a six-game improvement after the Mountaineers posted a 14-16 overall mark and a 10-8 record in league play. It was the most overall wins since the 2008-09 year and the squad's first winning mark in the circuit since 2006-07. The Mount returned to the NEC Tournament in 2011-12 to make its 21st appearance in 23 years.
Gauthier has played with or coached four 1,000-point scorers at the Mount. She has also coached one All-Northeast Conference second-team selection.
Gauthier returned to Mount St. Mary's after serving as an assistant coach at Norwich University, a Division III program in Vermont. She joined former Mount women's basketball assistant coach Mark Zacher in his first season as head coach of the Cadets and helped the team to a 20-8 overall record and 10-2 in conference play. Norwich advanced to the conference championship game and received an invite to the ECAC Championships, falling to WPI 70-54 in the opening round on Mar. 3, 2010.
She coached one Defensive Player of the Year, one All-Conference second-team and one All-Conference third-team selection at Norwich.
Gauthier was a four-year letterwinner for the Mount women's basketball team from 2005-2009. She ended her career 18th in program history in all-time career points (1,128), second in 3-pointers made (164), second in 3-pointers attempted (490) and ninth in assists (335) and first in games played (119) and games started (116). She scored a career-high 32 points in her final regular season game against Bryant to earn Northeast Conference co-Player of the Week honors. A three-year team captain, she was named to the NEC All-Rookie team in her freshman year. Gauthier was recognized by the Mount Athletics department with the Kolon Award, which goes to the student-athlete who, through hard work and determination, earned the respect and admiration of his or her fellow athletes and coaches.
She also joined the Mount women's lacrosse team in her senior year and was selected as the Rookie of the Week once.
After graduation, Gauthier played professionally in Sweden before joining the Norwich coaching staff in 2009-10.
She earned her Masters in Business Administration in 2012.
Josh Keys begins his first season at the Mount as an assistant coach on head coach Bryan Whitten's staff.
Keys comes to the Mount after serving as an assistant coach at Stetson University last season. Keys helped the Hatters to a school-record 23 wins in 2011-12 and the squad advanced to its first WNIT appearance and third postseason berth in program history. Stetson, who was ranked as high as No. 18 in the CollegeSports.com Mid-Major Poll, featured the conference Player of the Year, two all-conference performers and one all-freshman team honoree.
"Josh adds a recruiting dimension, a more southern region, that we hope to utilize since we are the southern-most school in the NEC," said Whitten. "He is organized and aggressive. Josh and I have talked over the years, and we share a similar philosophy on the 'athlete experience' and I look forward to his insights and contributions."
Prior to his one season in DeLand, Fla., Keys served as an assistant coach at the College of Charleston. The Cougars were 68-56 overall in his tenure with the team and 43-35 in the Southern Conference. The squad boasted its first two back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2008-09 and 2009-10, including a program-record 23 wins in 2008-09. In 2009-10, the Cougars advanced to their first-ever Division I postseason. While at the College of Charleston, Keys helped develop two all-conference, three all-tournament and one all-freshman performer.
"For years now, I have observed from a distance the right way in which Coach Whitten and his staff operate the women's basketball program in a service-minded, people-centric way," said Keys. "Now, I consider myself blessed to be given the opportunity to be a part of the true family that is Mount women's basketball."
A 2007 graduate of Liberty University, Keys got his start in coaching as the women's basketball head coach at New Covenant School in Lynchburg, Va. In his two season, Keys posted a 25-19 record, including an 18-5 mark in 2006-07 that was an 11-game improvement from his first season. In addition, in his second season his team reached the VACA Final Four.
Keys also earned his MBA from Liberty in 2010 and graduated magna cum laude. In four of the seven seasons Keys has coached, the squad has posted a winning record.
Keys is married to the former Christy Eller of Sickerville, N.J. The couple resides in Frederick, Md.