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Kerri Whitaker
Position: Director of Player Development
Alma Mater: Brown
Graduating Year: 1996

Kerri Whitaker recently finished her fifth season as an assistant coach at Penn. Since joining the coaching staff, Whitaker has been a part of four Ivy League championship teams, two Ivy League Tournament championship teams and five NCAA Tournament squads.

Working primarily with the attack, Whitaker has guided Penn players to four of the top eight single-season scoring marks in program history over the past five seasons. In 2015, Whitaker worked with Penn's dynamic duo of Tory Bensen (64 points) and Nina Corcoran (61 points) who posted the fourth and fifth highest single-season point totals in program history. Bensen's 58 goals in 2015 tied Penn's single-season record while Corcoran's 40 assists are the most in a single season by any Penn player.

Whitaker coached her first Ivy League Attacker of the Year during 2015 in Tory Bensen. Bensen also became the second offensive player to earn All-American honors under Whitaker with her second team selection, joining Erin Brennan (2011). Whitaker has had five members of Penn's attacking unit named All-Region under her guidance and 18 named All-Ivy.

Prior to her time at Penn, Whitaker most recently served as head coach at Columbia University from 2002-10, where she led the Lions to a 52-68 record including the program's first-ever winning season in 2009. While leading the Lions, Whitaker coached 21 All-Ivy players and all nine All-Region performers in Columbia history. A glance at Columbia's 100+ point list shows ten players - all of whom played under Whitaker in the Big Apple.

Whitaker is familiar with the Ivy League, graduating from Brown in 1996 after an All-America campaign with the Bears in '96. She was twice named All-Ivy and achieved Academic All-Ivy honors in her senior season.

Upon graduation, Whitaker began her coaching career at Syracuse University where she served as an assistant from 1996-2001. While at Syracuse, Whitaker helped take a new program and turn it into a national contender. The Orange won the 1999 ECAC Championship in its second year of play in the league and twice reached the NCAA Tournament during Whitaker's tenure.

In addition to collegiate coaching experience, Whitaker has helped guide Team USA as well. From 2006-09, she was an assistant coach with the United States National Development Team. In addition to planning training sessions and coordinating offensive schemes, Whitaker was part of the selection process, evaluating the best players in the nation.


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