Kennesaw State Head Softball Coach Scott Whitlock Announces 2013 will be Last Season
Scott Whitlock to remain as senior associate athletics director To watch Whitlock's…
Georgia (Oct 8, 2012) — Scott Whitlock to remain as senior associate athletics director
To watch Whitlock's announcment at the annual alumni game and Circle of Honor induction ceremony, please click on the link below.
KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 8, 2012) — Following a legendary 27 seasons at the helm of the Kennesaw State softball program
and one as an assistant coach, head coach Scott Whitlock will retire at the end of the 2013 season, Whitlock announced on Saturday at the
annual alumni game and Circle of Honor induction ceremony. He will remain on staff
in his current administrative role as senior associate athletics director.
Whitlock is one of the all-time winningest and most respected coaches in NCAA softball. During his illustrious career, he has garnered two national titles and 13 regional crowns. Whitlock is the driving force who has made Kennesaw State softball one of the most admired and respected programs in the country.
"I know the time is right,” said Whitlock. “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."
For the 2013 season, assistant coach Wes Holly Jr. will take on the role of co-head coach and head coach-in waiting. Holly Jr. will then become head coach at the end of the season.
“No doubt Scott Whitlock has been an icon to Kennesaw State University and KSU Athletics,” Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams said. “He has been very instrumental in every phase of growth of this institution. His legacy does not end, but it continues just in another way. He will become an important part of the senior administrative management team. I am very honored and fortunate to work with an individual who has been so successful in impacting lives and showcasing the values of Kennesaw State then, now and in the future.”
Holly Jr. said, “It has been an honor to have worked with coach Whitlock here at Kennesaw State. It is a bittersweet moment for me as he has been a mentor, peer, co-worker and friend, and he has done so much for Kennesaw State and for the game that he will always have a place here and at my table, and retirement, in this case, is well deserved and has been earned. I want to say thank you to his family that has made the ultimate sacrifice for a coach, which is the time missed and being away throughout the years.”
"My entire career has been a wonderful accident,” Whitlock said. “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 Florida, during a conversation, that I found Don McKinlay, my assistant coach for 13 years. He was the program's backbone in the early days. I mean, I have been really, really lucky."
While at the helm of the Owls, Whitlock produced 18 consecutive 35-win seasons from 1991 to 2008. He has had 15 40-win campaigns and has had four seasons in which he won 50 or more games. Additionally, Whitlock led the Owls to nine consecutive seasons (1992-2000) in which his teams never lost more than a single-digit number of games. Every year from 1991 through 2002, Whitlock had the Owls ranked in the top 10 nationally at season’s end.
"I have been coaching softball a long time,” Whitlock said. “And now that my time on the field is winding down, I know that I owe nearly everything that I have to the players, to coaches and to the game itself. And, what has made my career extra special is that I have had the distinct honor of doing it all at Kennesaw State. This is not where I work, it's my home."
Whitlock himself has earned A-Sun Coach of the Year honors three times (2006, 2007, 2012) since Kennesaw State joined the Atlantic 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 National Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame in Orlando, Fla. He also was part of the 2010 class inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame.
"Of course, everything goes back to the players,” continued Whitlock. “We coaches are nothing without the players. I have enjoyed the extraordinary good fortune of working with some outstanding players, who are even better people."
After successful runs at the NAIA and NCAA Division II levels, Whitlock has carried his success into Division I. The Bostwick, Ga., native has compiled a 227-161 overall Division I record since guiding the Owls to the top level of collegiate softball beginning in 2006. Whitlock looks to cap his renowned coaching career with another successful season at Kennesaw State.
"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."
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.