McNeese women’s soccer head coach Drew Fitzgerald has announced the hiring of Nick Whiting as the team’s new assistant coach.
Whiting comes to Lake Charles after spending the last season as an assistant at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Whiting helped guide the Ragin’ Cajuns to eight victories and an appearance in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. During the course of the season, the Cajuns broke a school record with a seven game unbeaten streak.
Before landing in Lafayette, Whiting spent 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.
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.
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 tfour 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.
Kylee Hathaway is in her first season as a Cowgirl assistant coach and comes to McNeese from Texas Southern, where she spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach, primarily training the goalkeepers.
Also, during the last three years, Hathaway worked with the U.S Soccer Olympic Development Program developing youth soccer in South Texas. She was also a trainer for Lamar Soccer Club and Club Administrator for the Total Football Club in Katy, Texas.
Hathaway earned her Business Management degree from Alabama State University in 2015 and her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Southern in 2017.
While at ASU, Kylee was the starting goalkeeper all four years. She was named to the SWAC All-Conference second team in 2012, the SWAC All-Conference first team in 2013, and the NCAA Division I Senior CLASS Award Second Team in 2014.
Throughout her playing career, she was named SWAC Conference Player of the Week and College Sports Madness Player of the Week multiple times.
She was named SWAC Defensive player of the Year in 2013 and helped the team reach many momentous achievements over her career.
She also graduated Magna Cum Laude, was a Golden Ambassador of Alabama State University, and received multiple SWAC Academic awards.
Her primary responsibilities will include training goalkeepers, recruitment and team travel.
Hathaway is the daughter of Marla Acosta-Hathaway who lives in La Puente, Calif.