Wendi Whitman begins her sixth season overall and third as the top assistant at Long Beach State.
Over the last five years, 49er soccer has established itself as an up-and-coming program, producing four-straight 10-win seasons, an unprecedented three consecutive Big West Conference regular season titles and its first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship.
Whitman has played a huge part in the program's recent success as she works primarily with the goalkeepers. Last year, Whitman guided Liz Ramos to LBSU's first-ever Big West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year award, while the team posted 11 shutouts and allowed just 17 goals on the season.
Under Whitman's tutelage, Long Beach State has posted a goals against average of under 0.90 in each of the last four years and in 2006, The Beach established the school single-season record for shutouts (13) and GAA (0.63).
In addition to her coaching duties, Whitman has spearheaded the program's three Golden Goal Fundraisers, which have raised close to $15,000 per season. Outside of Long Beach State, Whitman has served as the head girls goalkeeper coach for the Olympic Development Program for the California Youth Soccer Association of Southern California since January 2003. She has worked with the top female goalkeepers in the Southern California state pool and recently won a national championship as an assistant with the `89 girls team.
Whitman has also served as a coach for Maccabi USA Sports' Junior and Youth National Girls teams, winning a gold medal in Israel in 2005. The squad also won gold in Australia and Chile.
Whitman was a four-year letterwinner at Stanford (1996-00), where the Cardinal advanced to three NCAA tournaments and won two Pacific-10 championships. Whitman was twice named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Academic team (1998-99).
Whitman earned her bachelor's degree in international relations (2000) and master's in sociology (2001) from Stanford. She went on to earn her teaching credential from Cal State Northridge in 2003 and taught fourth and fifth grade at Garden Grove Elementary School in 2003 and 2004. Whitman holds a USSF "C" license and several NSCAA goalkeeping coaching diplomas as well.