Whitney Hite Named Head Swimming Coach

Sept. 11, 2006

SEATTLE-- University of Washington athletics director Todd Turner announced today that Whitney Hite has been named the head swimming coach of the Huskies. A former swimmer at the University of Texas, Hite takes on his first head coaching job after a five-year stint at the University of Georgia and most recently as an assistant coach with the University of California women. Hite will begin work immediately.

'We are thrilled to have Whitney on board,' said Turner. 'This is a critical time for Husky swimming, and Whitney's leadership will be a major factor in setting the program in the right direction. He has an ability to see the challenges ahead, but also a firm resolve and commitment to putting everything in place to get the UW swim program to the top.'

Hite replaces Mickey Wender, who coached the Huskies for nine seasons and accrued a 155-60 dual meet record. Hite becomes the seventh men's head coach in Washington's 74 year history and the third women's head coach that enters its 33rd season of competition.

'Being the next head swimming coach at the University of Washington is a great opportunity and I'm honored to be a part of this athletic department,' said Hite. 'There is tremendous potential here and it's an exciting time to be a part of the Washington swimming program. I know the traditions of Husky Swimming and I look forward to getting this program back to those traditions and becoming a nationally competitive program again.'

At California, Hite helped lead the Golden Bears to three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. California placed sixth at the NCAAs in 2004, eighth in 2005 and fourth last year. He also assisted the Golden Bears in an undefeated dual meet season last season, going 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the Pac-10. Cal posted 9-2 dual meet records in both 2005 and 2004.

Before joining the California staff, Hite served as an assistant coach with the University of Georgia for five seasons. With the Bulldogs, Hite helped Georgia's women's team to three straight national championships, from 1999-2001. In 2002 and 2003, Georgia finished as NCAA runner-up. Hite also assisted with Georgia's men's swimming team, helping the Bulldogs to top-15 national finishes in each season under his guidance.

While Hite was an assistant at Georgia, the Bulldogs dominated the Southeastern Conference. Georgia swimmers Robert Margalis and Mary DeScenza were named SEC Swimmer and SEC Freshman of the Year, respectively. In 2003, Hite also helped coach one the greatest swimmers in Georgia's history in sprint freestyler Maritza Correia. With 11 national titles (five individual and six relays) to her credit, Correia holds more NCAA hardware than any other swimmer in Lady Bulldog history.

A Denver, Colo. native, Hite was a four-year letterwinner on the University of Texas men's swimming team. He swam sprint freestyle for the Longhorns and graduated with a B.S. in sports management from Texas in the spring of 1997. He earned his master's degree in education from Georgia in 2001.

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