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Nick Whiting
Associate Head Coach

 

Nick Whiting begins his fourth season at McNeese and his 2nd as Associate Head Coach.

The Cowgirls have increased their wins total in each of the past 3 years, including a school record 13 this past season. That includes the program’s historic victory over Arkansas – their first over an SEC opponent. The Cowgirls also were ranked as high as #7 in the 2018 NCAA D1 Women's United Soccer Coaches Midwest Rankings. The program also reached a record high of #127 in the RPI. The team has also improved its amounts of goals scored each of the past three seasons.

In 2017, McNeese equaled the school record with 12 wins and had a historic season awards wise. Senior Savannah LaRicci was named both Southland Conference “Player of the Year” and “Forward of the Year”, senior defender Gabi D’Alesandro was named “Defensive Player of the Year” and freshman Emma Roccaforte was “Goalkeeper of the Year”. The team finished 2nd in the Conference standings and was only one win out of first place.

In his first year with the program, McNeese improved to 6th in the conference standings compared to an 11th place season from the year before. The team also advanced to the Southland Conference Tournament Semi-finals, a first since 2008.
 
Whiting came to Lake Charles after spending the 2015 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 four 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. He also served as the goalkeeper’s 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 eventual national champions, North Carolina, in the opening round. During the regular season, they registered a pivotal victory over No. 20-ranked South Carolina.
 
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
Assistant Coach

Kylee Hathaway is in her second season as a Cowgirl assistant coach and comes to McNeese from Texas Southern University, where she spent three seasons as an assistant coach, primarily training the goalkeepers.

In her first season for the Cowgirls, helped the team record the most wins in school history (13) with a record of 13-7-1, first win over an SEC opponent (Arkansas), highest RPI ranking in school history, and first ranking in the Midwest United Soccer Coaches ranking (#7 in week 3). Hathaway also helped Goalkeeper Emma Roccaforte record 2 Southland Conference Goalkeeper of the Week nominations, Hero of the Week and an All-Conference Honorable Mention. 

At Texas Southern, Hathaway helped the Lady Tigers to three record setting seasons. Her players set multiple school and individual records and two back-to-back winning seasons with a historical 11-6-1 record in 2016. Her goalkeepers also received Goalkeeper of the Week recognitions and a SWAC Freshmen of the Year award. She has mentored 6 all-conference players, including the 2015 Conference Freshman of the Year, who held the top save percentage (.81 SV%). Hathaway’s conference record at TSU concluded with a 20-8-2 record and three conference tournament appearances. 

From 2015-2018, Hathaway also worked with the U.S Soccer Olympic Development Program developing youth soccer in South Texas. She was also a technical 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.     

Her primary responsibilities at McNeese will include training goalkeepers, recruitment, team travel, film analysis and fundraising.