May 3, 2012
LOS ANGELES - LMU women's soccer head coach Michelle Myers announced Wednesday that Wendi Whitman has been named the associate head coach on the Lions' coaching staff.
"We are very lucky to have Wendi join our coaching staff," said Myers. "She brings a wealth of experience as a coach at this level and will help in all aspects of our program. Her academic and playing background are a perfect fit for our student-athletes who are held to a high standard at LMU both on and off the field."
Whitman most recently served as an assistant coach at UC Irvine, helping lead the Anteaters to back-to-back Big West Conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011. The achievements in 2010 were the first-ever in program history for UCI. Whitman's main duties at UC Irvine were directing team training sessions and individual player development, recruiting, arranging team travel and coordinating and directing youth camps and clinics.
Prior to UCI, Whitman spent six seasons (2004-10) as an assistant coach at Long Beach State, helping guide the 49ers to Big West Conference championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and a first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008. She coordinated recruiting for three consecutive nationally-ranked recruiting classes, managed team travel, provided academic support, conducted team and individual training sessions, directed camps and clinics and was involved in fundraising activities.
"Wendi is very active in Southern California's soccer community, is well respected by players, parents, and coaches and has been a part of successful programs both as an athlete and a coach," added Myers. "She and I worked together for many years with Cal South Olympic Development Program. In filling this position it was important to me to bring in someone I knew and trusted. Someone who was not only a good coach but a good person, and someone who could help us continue to reach our goals of winning championships, graduating our student-athletes and providing a quality student-athlete college experience."
Whitman was a standout collegiate player in her own right as a goalkeeper at Stanford from 1996-2000. She was a member of Pac-10 championship teams in 1996 and 1999 and three NCAA Tournament teams, including an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 1999.
Whitman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Stanford in 2000. She went on to earn a master's degree in social psychology and interpersonal relations from Stanford in 2001 and an elementary school multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, Northridge in 2003.
Whitman has been involved as a coach within the Olympic Development Program, first for the California South Youth Soccer Association from 2003-09 and then for the Region IV Youth Soccer Association from 2009-present. She also served as the Beach Futbol Club U15 head coach from 2006-11 and currently coaches the U10 girls team for the Olimpia Soccer Club in Rancho Cucamonga.
Whitman holds a United States Soccer Federation "B" License and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Goalkeeping Level I and Level II Certificates.