In his third year at the University of Tennessee, assistant coach Gregg Whitis serves as the team's recruiting coordinator and is involved in all phases of the program, including on-court coaching and scouting.
Whitis has made an immediate impact at UT, bringing in the nation's fourth-rated recruiting class in 2010 as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com
Whitis came to Rocky Top after spending two seasons at Michigan where he helped head coach Mark Rosen guide the squad to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program's first ever berth in the Sweet 16.
In 2007, the Wolverines finished with the third-most wins in program history, reached its highest national ranking (No. 10) and spent every week of the season either ranked or receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 poll.
One of the top recruiters in the country, Whitis has found success at every stop in his 14-year coaching career. The recruiting coordinator at Clemson from 2003-05, a squad consisting mainly of recruits from his tenure capped off the best season in school history in 2007 with a top-25 national ranking and appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his time at Clemson, Whitis spent two seasons (2001-02) as an assistant at Southern Methodist University, where he coached multiple all-conference selections.
Whitis began his collegiate coaching career at Indiana State University, serving as a graduate assistant coach from July 1995 to May 1997. He was named the head coach of Kankakee Community College in 1997 where he remained until May 1998. Whitis left KCC to become the recruiting coordinator at South Dakota State University, where he recruited and trained all-region and All-America athletes. The Jackrabbits were participants in the 1998 NCAA Division II Tournament, advancing to region play.
After serving as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of South Carolina for the 1999 season, Whitis was named an assistant at Northern Michigan University, where he served as the Wildcats' recruiting coordinator and trained the outside hitters. The Wildcats were participants in the NCAA Division II Tournament during the 2000 season.
Whitis earned a bachelor of arts in English education from Olivet Nazarene University in 1991, where he played three seasons of club volleyball and two seasons of varsity golf.
UP CLOSE WITH GREGG WHITIS
What do you like most about coaching?
"Competition. I also enjoy being able to watch the academic, athletic and social growth of student-athletes over the course of their collegiate experience."
What are the essential attributes necessary for a player to have in order to be successful?
"A solid foundation of fundamentals, movement skills and fearlessness."
What are some things that would surprise people about you?
"I love to box and I have been skydiving several times. Also, when I was 10, my dad and I took a three-day bicycle trip from our home in Illinois to my grandparent's house in Ohio."
What is your favorite movie/book and why?
"My favorite book is 'I Know This Much is True' by Wally Lamb. It is the story of two brothers and the bond that exists between them. I also love anything by Lee Child because he has created my favorite literary character, Jack Reacher. My favorite movies are 'The Usual Suspects,' because I never would have predicted the ending, and Spike Lee's 'Mo Better Blues', because I too play the trumpet and I love jazz."
Who do you feel has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
"My parents. My mom for her intellect and passion and my dad for his discipline, inexhaustible work ethic and kindness."