Nick Whiting has been named the new head women's soccer coach at Lees-McRae College, announced Director of Athletics Craig McPhail on Monday, taking the reins of a program which he helped build into a perennial title contender in Conference Carolinas over the last two seasons as
"I'd first and foremost like to thank Craig McPhail for this tremendous opportunity," expressed Whiting. "We have a wonderful group of talented young-women and I am very excited to be leading them next season. I look forward to building upon the success we have achieved the past two years, both on the field and in the classroom. I also want to thank Cally Morrill and wish her well in her new endeavor."
Whiting takes over as the Bobcats' head coach after spending the last two seasons as the assistant, helping Lees-McRae compile a 27-11-3 overall record over that span, including a 13-5-3 mark last fall. A native of Panama City, Fla., Whiting played a pivotal role in the Bobcats' success in 2011, helping Lees-McRae post a program-record 11-1 mark in conference play en route to the school's first-ever outright league title.
"This is a great opportunity for Nick, as an assistant coach he has learned what it takes to run a program," said McPhail. "He is a tireless recruiter with a great deal of success in collegiate women's soccer. We are proud to promote him and give him his first head coaching job. I am excited to see our women's soccer program continue their great climb with him at the helm."
During his tenure, the Bobcats put together an impressive 19-3 record in conference play, advancing to the semifinal round of the league tournament in 2010. Lees-McRae took a tremendous step forward in 2011, knocking off defending regular season champion Belmont Abbey on penalty kicks in the championship match to earn the program's first-ever berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Whiting has mentored 12 all-conference players over the last two seasons, including 2011 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year Meagan Thornton. He has also been an integral component in the Bobcats' recruiting efforts since his arrival in 2010, welcoming 19 student-athletes into the women's soccer program during his tenure.
Prior to his appointment as the Bobcats' assistant, Whiting spent the 2009 season at Catawba College, where he helped the Indians to a 13-5-2 record, a sixth-place ranking in the NSCAA Southeast Regional poll and a trip to the South Atlantic Conference semifinals. Whiting's primary responsibility at Catawba was recruiting, a role in which he helped the Indians sign seven players on National Signing Day. He also served as the goalkeepers coach, guiding the Indian net minders to nine shutouts and a 0.86 goals against average.
Whiting also served as a graduate assistant coach at Western Carolina University during their Southern Conference championship season in 2008. During that campaign, Western Carolina advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they met the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the opening round, while registering a pivotal victory over No. 20 University of South Carolina.
Prior to his time at WCU, Whiting spent a year at Jacksonville University as a media relations assistant for both the men and women's soccer teams, as well as several other sports. Whiting is a 2007 graduate of the University of West Florida, having earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a specialization in public relations. Over his four years as an assistant coach, Whiting's teams have amassed an impressive 53-24-7 record.
Photo Courtesy: Nick Whiting, LMC Athletics