One of the winningest coaches in NCAA softball history, Whitlock has guided KSU to a pair of national titles and 13 regional crowns, produced 18 straight 35-victory seasons, 15 40-win efforts and registered four campaigns with 50 or more triumphs. He also led the Owls to nine consecutive seasons (1992-2000) in which his teams never lost more than a single-digit number of contests and saw Kennesaw State finish rated in the final top 10 nationally in each year from 1991-2002.
"I know the time is right,” Whitlock said. “I have had a great ride and a lot of fun. But after weighing things over the past three months, I just feel that it's now a good time to start the process of having someone with fresher eyes and new ideas step in to lead our program. The past 28 years wasn't a dream come true, because I could have never dreamed that I would have had such a rewarding career.
"My entire career has been a wonderful accident. I didn't leave home to become a coach, I was going to be a business major and then conquer the world. 'Coaching' kind of found me while I was in college. It was while in college that I accidentally discovered the commitment and dedication of the female athlete, and it was while in college (and while competing against Kennesaw College) that I bumped into and met Spec Landrum, Kennesaw State's first athletics director, the father of my career. It was on a bus ride home from
For the 2013 season, assistant coach Wes Holly Jr. will take on the role of co-head coach and head coach-in waiting, taking over the program at the end of the season.
“It has been an honor to have worked with coach Whitlock at
Whitlock has reaped Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year honors three times (2006, 2007, 2012) since Kennesaw State joined the A-Sun conference in 2006. For his lifetime of hard work, dedication and success, Whitlock was granted the highest honor of his profession when he was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in
"I am so excited about the 2013 season and am going to give it all that I've got,” Whitlock said. “We've had a great fall and have the potential to have a special season. I couldn't ask for a better group of players and coaches with which to work during my last season."
**Quotes and Info Courtesy of Kennesaw State Athletics