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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 second season with the Badgers in 2013.

Ten school records fell during Hite's first year on the job and another 12 in his second season. Eight men and 17 women have qualified for the NCAA Championships in two years under Hite, including six men in the 2012-13 season. The men's team improved its team finish at the Big Ten Championships from eighth place last season to sixth in 2013.

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 Championships before coaching teDuits to 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.

In 2012-13, Hite led the women to a 7-7 dual record, including a 4-3 mark Big Ten competition. The women finished seventh in the Big Ten Championships and 15th at the NCAA Championships with 65 points.

Ivy Martin earned All-American honors for her sixth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships. Under Hite, Martin claimed a new Big Ten record in the 50 freestyle, at 21.84

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 free different events (50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay, 100 medley relay and 400 medley relay). Hite also coached Ashley Wanland, who captured a pair of Big Ten Championships to go along with one All-America award at the NCAA Championships.

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 is married to his wife, Helen.

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