Mike Whitson is in his third year as the assistant coach for the Lady Vol golf team. He came to Tennessee in June 2001 after serving as the head women's golf coach at Transylvania University in Kentucky for one year. Whitson is in a unique position, as he is one of only a few full-time assistant coaches in women's collegiate golf. His primary responsibilities include coordinating recruiting and making travel arrangements, along with handling other administrative duties.
During his year with the Pioneers, Whitson led the team to a ranking of 16th in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). He also guided his squad to the title at the Brescia University Invitational as well as runner-up finishes at the Bluegrass Fall Classic, the Embry-Riddle Invitational and the Pioneer Classic. Additionally, he coached junior Catherine Benson to a third-place finish at the NAIA Nationals, where she earned All-America honors.
Before signing on with the Pioneers, Whitson played on a number of professional golf tours, including the Hooters Tour, Central Florida Tour and Development Players Tour. As a pro, he claimed the 1998 Owensboro Open and finished among the top 10 in five other events. As an amateur, he won the Club Car Classic in May 1998 and the Michelob Classic in May 1997. He was also a two-time runner-up at the Kentucky State Amateur Championships in June 1997 and 1998.
Whitson graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1998 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education with emphasis in sports management. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Colonels and was an all-conference selection in 1998. Whitson set the conference single-round record with a 64 at the Springhouse Golf Course in Nashville, Tenn., in April of 1998. He also served as president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee while at EKU.
A native of Paris, Ky., Whitson and his sister, Lynn, are the children of Barbara and the late Ron Whitson.