|Title:||Head Women's Soccer Coach|
Nick Whiting is in his second season as the head women’s soccer coach at Lees-McRae College, previously serving as the Bobcats’ assistant coach for two seasons.
Under his guidance, the Bobcats posted their second consecutive Conference Carolinas regular season championship in 2012, putting 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.
Four players earned all-region honors, as Dorn garnered academic all-region recognition, as well as a spot on the NSCAA all-Southeast Region First team. The Bobcats also continued their academic excellence as a team, earning the program’s fifth straight NSCAA Team Academic Award, while leading the conference with a team grade point average of 3.33.
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. A native of Panama City, Fla., 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 three seasons, including 2011 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year Meagan Thornton and 2012 Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year Mary 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. Whiting’s primary responsibility at Catawba was recruiting, a role in which he helped the Indians sign seven players on National Signing Day. He also served as the goalkeepers coach, guiding the Indian net minders to 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 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the opening round, while registering a pivotal victory over No. 20 University of South Carolina.
Prior to his time at WCU, Whiting spent a year at Jacksonville University as a media relations assistant for both the men and women’s soccer teams, as well as several other sports. 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.
|Title:||Assistant Women's Soccer Coach|
“I am excited to have someone with Karrie's experience on our staff. I am sure she will provide great leadership to our young women,” said McPhail. “We continue to strive to be one of the best NCAA DII women's soccer programs in the Southeast and today is an example of our commitment to that goal.”
Prior to coming on board at LMC, Miller spent the last six seasons as the head coach at Newberry College. She led the Wolves to a 54-51-8 record over that span, including four seasons of eight wins or more. The Erskine College graduate (1990) led Newberry to the first round of the NCAA DII Women’s Soccer Championship after winning a career-best 13 matches. The Wolves fared well in South Atlantic Conference play under the direction of Miller while sporting a 30-25-4 record.
Miller was a key component in the development and structure of an inaugural women’s collegiate soccer program to be competitive in the Big South Conference in 2000 while serving as the head coach at Coastal Carolina. She sported a 47-50-16 record from 2000-05, including a Big South Championship in 2003 when the Chanticleers went 10-9-2 (4-1-1 Big South). Miller went 19-17-3 in league play. Millers’ squad succeeded in the classroom as well while they were named to the Academic All-American team by the NSCAA for four consecutive seasons (2002-05).
She was named Big South Coach of the Year on three occasions, including twice at Coastal Carolina (2000 & 2003).
“We are very excited to add someone with Karrie’s wealth of experience to our staff. She has been very successful everywhere she has been and is going to be a great role model and mentor to our players,” said head coach Nick Whiting.
Throughout her coaching career, Miller has been heavily involved with the Olympic Development Program in both South Carolina and Alabama, serving as the Program Director in South Carolina from 1995 to 1998.
Miller was the assistant coach at the University of Alabama for a year (1997-98) and the University of South Carolina for a stint from 1995-97.
“I have known Karrie for a number of years now and am grateful that she has decided to come to Lees-McRae and help continue our strong tradition here. She is a wonderful teacher of the game, but an even better person and that is going to fit in very well with the culture we have established,” praised Whiting.
Miller was a three-time NAIA All-American during her collegiate career at Conference Carolina foe Erskine. She was inducted into its hall of fame in 2001.