Whitney Hite
Whitney Hite

Hometown:
Denver, Colo.

Last College:
Texas

Position:
Head Coach

Whitney, L. Hite, the ninth head coach in Wisconsin swimming history, completed his third season with the Badgers in 2014.

Hite's guidance helped the Badgers earn 13 school records and a pair of Big Ten marks in 2013-14, pushing his three-year total to 35 broken school records. Thirteen men and 19 women have qualified for the NCAA Championships in three years under Hite, including seven men during the 2013-14 season.

In just his third season at the helm, UW earned four Big Ten titles, including a pair of individual crowns as 12 Badgers earned All-Big Ten accolades, led by 2014 Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships and three-time Big Ten champion, Ivy Martin.

Under Hite's tutelage, Martin capped off a stellar conference season with Big Ten titles in both the 50 (21.58) and 100-yard (47.78) freestyle events at the Big Ten championships, erasing her own previous conference record of 21.84 in the 50 free, a mark which she set at the 2013 Big Ten meet.

Hite also guided the men's squad to eight school-best marks, as junior Nick Caldwell earned UW school records in the 200 (1:34.10), 1000 (9:01.33) and 1650-yard (15:02.16) freestyle events, while Cannon Clifton set the 100-yard freestyle record (43.28) during his rookie campaign in Madison. Nick Schafer also set UW records in both the 100 (52.88) and 200-yard (1:54.23) breaststroke races during the 2013-14 season.

On the women's side, Hite had a hand in the squad earning five new school records. Aside from Martin's achievements, the 200 (1:27.76) and 400-yard (3:13.85) freestyle relay squads swam to Big Ten and school records in Hite's third season, while senior Rebecka Palm capped off the team's record-setting performances by setting a new program-best in the 100-yard butterfly (52.62).

The men's team made tremendous strides in the 2012-13 season under Hite. The team improved two spots in the Big Ten Championship team standings and rocketed from 27th-place last year at the NCAA Championships to 15ththis season. The men broke 11 school records, claimed two Big Ten individual titles and took home just the third NCAA individual championship ever in school history. Three men won four All-American honors, with four more honorable-mentions as well.

Hite coached senior Michael Weiss and sophomore Drew teDuits to a pair Big Ten titles before teDuits went on to earn the program's first individual NCAA title since 1959. teDuit's time of 1:38.27 in the 200-yard backstroke was the third-fastest in NCAA history.

Hite also coached four women's relays to top-12 finishes at the NCAA Championships: 200 medley-yard relay team (9th), 200-yard freestyle relay team (10th), 400-yard freestyle team (12th) and the 400-yard medley relay team (12th).

In Hite's first season, he coached Beckie Thompson to Big Ten titles in five different events (50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay, 100 medley relay and 400 medley relay). Hite also helped Ashley Wanland capture a pair of Big Ten championships to go along with her All-America honor.

Hite joined the Badgers in 2011 after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona, where he was responsible for training the middle-distance and distance swimmers. The men's and women's teams each earned top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships in Hite's two seasons. The men's team took third place at the NCAA Championships in 2010 before earning a fourth-place finish this past season. The women's team earned a fifth-place finish in 2011, a year after taking fourth place.

Prior to his time with the Wildcats, Hite served as the University of Washington men's and women's head coach from 2006-09. During his tenure in Seattle, Hite led the Huskie women to their best-ever NCAA finish, 12th in 2008. On the men's side, they earned a top-16 finish in 2009, the best finish for the team in the last 30 years. While at Washington, Hite coached 18 All-Americans and four Pac-10 Champions.

Before becoming the head coach at Washington, Hite was the women's assistant coach at California from 2004-06. At Berkeley, Hite helped the Golden Bears to three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, sixth in 2004, eighth in 2005 and fourth in 2006. While working under head coach Teri McKeever, Hite coached the mid-distance and distance program that included three U.S. National Team members.

Hite also served as an assistant coach with the University of Georgia for five seasons from 1998-2003. With the Bulldogs, Hite helped Georgia's women's team capture three straight national championships from 1999-2001. In 2002 and 2003, Georgia finished as NCAA runner-up.

A Denver, Colo., native, Hite was a four-year swimmer on the University of Texas men's swimming team. He swam sprint freestyle for the Longhorns and graduated with a B.S. in sports management in the spring of 1997. He earned his master's degree in education from Georgia in 2001.

Whitney and his wife, Helen, reside in Madison and have one child, Jackson.

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