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Soccer: Cajuns Add Nick Whiting To Coaching Staff

Contact: Matt Sullivan (337) 482-6331 or (985) 981-0009; matt.sullivan@louisiana.edu




LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns women’s soccer coach Scot Wieland announced on Friday the addition of Nick Whiting to the program’s coaching staff beginning with the 2015 season.


The hiring of Whiting, a native of Panama City, Fla., is subject to approval from the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors.


Whiting spent the previous five years at Lees-McRae (N.C.) College, including the last three as head coach. During his three seasons as head coach at Lees-McRae, the Bobcats claimed back-to-back Conference Carolinas regular-season championships in 2012 and 2013, while serving as an assistant on the Bobcats’ 2011 team that claimed the conference title and reached the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.


In his three-year career at Lees-McRae, Whiting guided the Bobcats to a 29-23-4 record and an impressive 23-7-1 record in league matches.


"We are excited to have Nick join our staff,” Wieland said. “His experience at the Division I level as well as his previous experience as a head coach makes him the ideal fit for our program. Above all, he is a great guy with strong character and that’s the kind of coach we want working with our athletes.”


During the 2013 season, the Bobcats were ranked No. 10 nationally among Division II programs in the NCAA and NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Southeast Region polls. Whiting’s defense was one of the toughest in the nation while producing a shutout streak that lasted over 837 minutes.


“I’d like to thank Coach (Scot) Wieland, Director of Athletics Scott Farmer and the entire University of Louisiana staff for this opportunity,” Whiting said. “I am excited to join a program with so much prestige and potential and cannot wait to get working with this talented group of student-athletes. It is definitely an exciting time to be a Ragin’ Cajun and I look forward to helping Coach Wieland achieve his visions for this program.”


In 2012, Lees-McRae put together a 12-5-2 overall, including a 10-1 mark in league play. Eight players earned all-conference honors that season, including senior Mary Dorn, who was named the Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year as well as the league’s Scholar Athlete of the Year.


Whiting served as the Bobcats’ assistant coach for two seasons, helping Lees-McRae compile a 27-11-3 overall record over that span, including a 13-5-3 mark in 2011. Whiting played a pivotal role in the Bobcats’ success that season, helping Lees-McRae post a program-record 11-1 mark in conference play en route to the school’s first-ever outright league title and the program’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.


He has mentored 20 all-conference players over the last three seasons, including the 2011 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year (Thornton) and the 2012 Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year (Dorn). He has also been an integral component in the Bobcats’ recruiting efforts since his arrival in 2010, welcoming 29 new 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, where his players recorded 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 North Carolina in the opening round, while registering a pivotal victory over No. 20-ranked 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. 


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