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Tennis (W) Coaching Staff

Kent Whitener

Head Coach
Alma Mater: Pfeiffer '05
E-mail: kwhitene20@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 645-4882

Kent Whitener was hired as the Head Coach for Men’s and Women’s Tennis at Catawba in July 2020. He comes to Catawba from Pfeiffer University, where he was head men’s and women’s tennis coach for the past five seasons.

In 2015-16, Whitener guided the Falcon men to the Conference Carolinas finals and earned Coach of the Year honors. The initial season after leaving Division II, Whitener’s 2017-18 squad won the ECAC Championship.

The women’s team reached the CC Tournament semifinals in 2015-16. Whitener mentored numerous all-conference selection, including one Carolinas Conference Player of the Year.

Whitener, who was a top 10 ranked junior, played collegiately at Pfeiffer. Graduating in 2005 with a degree in information systems, Whitener played the top spot for the Falcons and was team MVP.

After his playing career at Pfeiffer, he worked at the Van Der Meer World Class Academy in Hilton Head, S.C. While there, Whitener worked with several national ranked juniors that went on to compete at the highest Division I levels.

In 2009, he became the Director of Tennis at the Rockbridge Club in Columbia, S.C., where he stayed until joining Pfeiffer. Whitener led all areas of tennis from large adult and junior tournaments to the highest level of college tennis.

A native of Newton, N.C., Whitener is a certified PTR Professional, USTA Rated 5.0. He and his wife, Alisa, have a son, Grant.

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