Whitis replaces Steve Walker, who is now head coach of the new Arizona sand volleyball program
Jan. 29, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. – Gregg Whitis, a veteran coach in the collegiate ranks for more than 17 years, has been named assistant coach of the Arizona indoor volleyball program, head coach Dave Rubio announced on Tuesday. Whitis will take over for Steve Walker, who is now the head coach of the new Arizona sand volleyball program.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with both Dave (Rubio) and Melissa (Walker),” Whitis said. “I am thrilled to be back at a high caliber program in one of the best volleyball league’s in the country (Pac-12).”
Whitis joins the Wildcats staff after serving this past season as the associate head coach at Appalachian State University.
In his only season with the Mountaineers, Whitis helped guide a very young Mountaineers squad. In addition to his duties as associate head coach, Whitis also served as Appalachian's recruiting coordinator. During the 2012 signing period, the Mountaineers inked three outstanding high-school prospects, all of whom earned all-state or all-district honors during their careers.
“I’m happy to have someone with Gregg’s experience and expertise as a part of our program,” Rubio said. “He has always been regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country and that along with his on-court knowledge will really be a great asset to our team.”
Prior to his time at Appalachian, Whitis spent three seasons at the University of Tennessee where he helped the Lady Volunteers to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, an overall record of 71-25 and a mark of 46-14 in the always competitive Southeastern Conference.
In addition to his work on the court with the Lady Vols, Whitis served as the team's recruiting coordinator where he established himself as one of the top talent evaluators and recruiters in the nation. Tennessee's 2010 recruiting class, regarded as the best in program history, was ranked as the fourth-best class in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com.
The Lady Vols' 2010 recruiting class included three top-50 recruits and helped Tennessee to its first-ever outright SEC championship and a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance during the 2011 campaign. Kelsey Robinson, one of the members of the 2010 recruiting class, was named as the SEC Player of the Year and earned second-team All-America accolades.
In 2011, Whitis hauled in the No. 8 recruiting class in the nation as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com, giving the Lady Vols back-to-back top-10 classes and the top-ranked class in the SEC for two consecutive seasons.
Prior to his arrival in Knoxville, Whitis spent two seasons at the University of Michigan where he helped the Wolverines to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program's first-ever appearance in the Sweet 16 in 2007 before losing to eventual national champion Penn State.
During his final season in Ann Arbor, Whitis helped lead Michigan to a top-10 national ranking as the Wolverines spent every week of the season either ranked or receiving votes in the AVCA Top-25.
Prior to coaching in the Big Ten with Michigan, Whitis was highly successful as an assistant coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference with the Clemson Tigers, where he coached for three seasons where he served as recruiting coordinator.
In 2007, with a class comprised mainly of Whitis' former recruits, Clemson capped off the year with a top-25 national ranking and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Before his time at Clemson, Whitis served as an assistant coach at Southern Methodist University for two seasons where he coached several all-conference players for the Mustangs.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Indiana State from 1995-97 before taking the head coaching job at Kankakee Community College from 1997-98. Whitis also spent time at South Dakota State, where he helped the Jackrabbits to the 1998 NCAA Division II Tournament.
He has also coached at the University of South Carolina and Northern Michigan University.
He is a 1991 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University where he earned a bachelor's degree in English education. Whitis played three years of club volleyball and two years of varsity golf for the Tigers.
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