Whitney Hite Added As Swimming Assistant

July 27, 2009

TUCSON - University of Arizona swimming head coach Frank Busch today announced the hiring of Whitney Hite as an assistant coach.


Hite, 35, joins the Arizona staff after previously serving as the University of Washington men's and women's head coach for the past three seasons. During his tenure in Seattle, Hite led the Huskies to its highest ever finish at the NCAA Championships, 12th in 2008 on the women's side, as well as a top-16 finish for the men this past season, its best finish for a men's team in the last 30 years.


'I am thrilled and honored to be a part of Arizona swimming and diving,' said Hite.  'I look forward to helping and learning from some of the finest coaches in America in Frank, Rick, Greg and Augie.'


While at UW, Hite established himself as a premier recruiter of talent as he landed a number of skilled swimmers. Two of Hite's top swimmers while at Washington included Erin Campbell, who scored 25 individual points at the 2009 NCAA's and Hannah Ross, who proved to be a rising star as a freshman.


In addition to his team's athletic performance, Hite's swimmers routinely garnered academic achievements as 15 Huskies were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team in 2008-09.


'Whitney is a great coach and will be a tremendous asset to our program,' said Busch.  'I respect him and admire his dedication to his athletes.'


Prior to his time at Washington, Hite was the women's assistant coach at California for three seasons (2004-06). At Berkeley, Hite helped the Golden Bears to three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, sixth in 2004, eighth in 2005 and fourth in 2006. He also assisted the Golden Bears in an undefeated dual meet season in 2006.  While working under head coach Teri McKeever, Hite coached the mid-distance and distance program that included three U.S. National Team members.


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.


A Denver, Colo. native, Hite was a four-year swimmer 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 in the spring of 1997. He earned his master's degree in education from Georgia in 2001.


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