Ivy Martin and Drew TeDuits set another pair of pool records Saturday at the Big Ten Quad Duals
Whitney L. Hite, the ninth head coach in Wisconsin swimming history, isin his second season with the Badgers.
Ten school records fell during Hite's first year on the job, and the number of NCAA qualifiers nearly doubled on both the men's (from one to two) and women's (from six to 11) squads compared to last year. The women's team improved its team finish at the Big Ten Championships from seventh place last year to fourth place this year. The men's team posted six school records at the Big Ten Championships alone, up from only two the last year.
In 2011-12, Hite led the women to a 6-6 dual record, a fourth place finish in the Big Ten championships and a 15th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Hite coach Beckie Thompson to Big Ten titles in five different events (50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay), took home two All-America honors (50 free, 200 free relay) and swam to Honorable Mention All-America honors in four events (100 free, 200 free relay, 200 free 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 and an Honorable Mention All-America performance at the NCAA Championships. Her 59.17 time in the 100 breast set a pool-record at the Big Ten Championships and she would go on to capture All-America honors in the event a month later 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.