Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Jon Whithaus joined the Duke golf program as an associate head coach in July of 2009 after a 12-year head coaching stint at Ohio Wesleyan.
Whithaus helped guide Duke to three tournament wins and six top three finishes overall in 2010-11. The Blue Devils finished second at the ACC Championship and reached the NCAA Championship for the seventh time in the last nine seasons. Individuals collected 33 top 20 finishes a year ago along with 16 top 10 showings and seven top 5 finishes.
In his first season with the Blue Devils, 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 5 of eight tournaments with individuals registering 25 top 20 showings.
Whithaus, a seven-time North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, 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.
He guided the team to two tournament championships, including the NCAC title in 2008. Ohio Wesleyan also finished tied for sixth at the NCAA Championship, extending a string of national top-10 finishes to six of the seven years.
In 2007, the Bishops finished third at the NCAA Division III tournament and won the NCAC championship.
The 2006 Bishops finished in a sixth-place tie at the NCAA Division III tournament.
In 2005, Ohio Wesleyan won the NCAC championship for the fifth time in six seasons. The 2004 Bishops finished seventh at the NCAA Division III championship tournament. Ohio Wesleyan’s Chad Poling won medalist honors at the NCAA Division III tournament that year, giving the Bishops their first-ever national champion in golf.
The Bishops won the NCAC title and tied for third place at the NCAA Division III championship in 2003, while the 2002 squad won four tournaments, including the NCAC championship, and placed seventh at the NCAA Division III championship.
Ohio Wesleyan won the 2000 NCAC championship, its first under Whithaus. In 1999, the Bishops tied for eighth place at the NCAA Division III championship. In 1998, Whithaus’ first season as head coach, the Bishops returned to the NCAA Division III tournament after missing three of the previous four national championship events.
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-3 finishes in the NCAA Division III championship. He 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. Duke head coach Jamie Green and Whithaus were teammates at Ohio Wesleyan during the 1990 and 1991 seasons, both having played for Hall of Fame coach Dr. Richard Gordin.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Whithaus served as an assistant athletic director for facility management at Ohio Wesleyan for the past five years. He was also the director of the Central Ohio Golf Academy, a teaching professional at Oakhaven Golf Club and a committee member for the Gordin Collegiate Classic, one of the most prestigious Division III tournaments in the nation.
Whithaus, who received his master’s degree in sports and exercise education from The Ohio State University in 1997, has also worked the Duke Golf Clinics for the past 14 years. He and his wife, Beth, have three children; Morgan, Audra and Ella.