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