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Kerri Whitaker
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Brown
Graduating Year: 1996

Kerri Whitaker recently finished her fourth 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 four NCAA Tournament squads.

Working primarily with the attack, Whitaker has guided Penn players to three of the top single-season scoring marks in program history over the past four seasons in addition to Tory Bensen's third-best goal scoring mark in program history with her 43 goals in 2014.

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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