Dan Brooks announced Wednesday the addition of Jon Whithaus as assistant coach with the Blue Devils effective immediately.DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University women’s golf head coach
Whithaus replaces Jeanne Cho, who decided to move out of the coaching ranks.
“I’m extremely excited to have Jon Whithaus as our new assistant,” said Brooks. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and creativity to our team, having been a successful head coach, assistant coach, facilities manager, and mentor to professional players. He knows golf, inside and out. He’s organized, passionate and fun to be around. More than anything else, he’s a good person who will set a great example for our players.”
With 15 years as a coach on the men’s side, Whithaus brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the Blue Devils. He was an associate head coach for the Duke men’s golf program from 2009-12 and was the head coach of the Ohio Wesleyan men’s golf program from 1997-2009.
“I am extremely excited to be joining the women’s program and being with Dan Brooks as an assistant coach,” said Whithaus. “Obviously, Dan is a legendary coach with six national championships. I am sure there will be a lot for me to learn, but I hope to contribute quite a bit as well.”
Whithaus, who spent three years with the men’s golf program at Duke, helped guide the Blue Devils to the NCAA Championship semifinals of match play and the East Region Championship in 2011. Duke placed second overall in the ACC Championship in 2011 and collected three overall victories during the season.
In 2010-11, Whithaus helped direct the team to a tie for third at the ACC Championship and its sixth NCAA Championship appearance in the last eight seasons. Duke finished in the top five of eight tournaments with individuals registering 25 top 20 showings.
“I am thrilled to be back at Duke,” commented Whithaus. “It is a great University, it has awesome golf facilities along with a great golf atmosphere. The combination of the two are unbeatable. I am excited to be back in Durham and looking forward to working with such a talented team.”
Over the past three years, Whithaus worked as a coach, instructor and caddie in professional events on the European Tour, Asian Tour, Sunshine Tour and Challenge Tour. He also created Elite Level Golf and founded The Nike Advanced Short Game Schools. Whithaus started and operated numerous Nike Golf Camps across six different states as well.
A seven-time North Coast Athletic Conference and five-time Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year, Whithaus guided Ohio Wesleyan to 48 tournament victories, 11 NCAA Division III Championship appearances and seven top eight finishes in the NCAA Division III Championship.
He led the Bishops to 11 of 12 NCAA Division III Championship appearances with six top 10 finishes in the last eight trips. He also guided Ohio Wesleyan to eight NCAC championships in 10 years. Whithaus coached one NCAA Division III individual champion, 16 All-America honorees, 11 All-America Scholars and 10 North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year winners.
Whithaus was an assistant coach at Ohio Wesleyan for two seasons before taking over the head position.
A Findlay, Ohio, native, Whithaus graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 1991 with a degree in economic management. He was a two-time All-America Scholar and All-NCAC honoree, while earning three letters in golf during his Bishop career. He helped the Bishops to a string of four straight North Coast Athletic Conference titles and three straight top-three finishes in the NCAA Division III championship. Whithaus helped Ohio Wesleyan to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III championship as a sophomore, at the time the school’s best-ever finish in the national tournament, and then helped the Bishops top that finish with a second-place tie in 1990.
Whithaus received his master’s degree in sports and exercise education from The Ohio State University in 1997. He and his wife, Beth, have three daughters Morgan, Audra and Ella.