Original article (Camryn Whitaker Introduced as @NKUNorseWBB Head Coach) on the Northern Kentucky University athletic website nkunorse.com.
Fans, friends and family of Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball were excited to meet the team’s new head coach, Camryn Whitaker, as she was formally introduced in a press conference on Tuesday morning.
Whitaker joins the Norse after spending one season at Kentucky, helping the Wildcats to a 25-8 overall record and the team’s seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, resulting in a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2016.
Whitaker spent the previous three seasons at Dayton, where she was primarily responsible for the guards and recruiting. During her tenure, the Flyers amassed 78 wins to just 17 losses, claiming the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship in 2013 and 2014 and advancing to the program’s first-ever Elite Eight appearance in 2015.
A native of Cynthiana, Kentucky, Whitaker played her prep ball at Harrison County High School, where she garnered USA Today honorable mention and second-team All-Kentucky honors.
Following high school, Whitaker played five seasons at Western Kentucky University, leading the Hilltoppers to 97 wins and postseason berths in each of her seasons. Whitaker helped the team to the 2003 Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship and an NCAA Tournament bid, and stands third on WKU’s all-time assist chart. Whitaker returned to her alma mater for the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach.
Whitaker started her coaching career in 2006 at Austin Peay, where she spent two seasons before joining the staff at Missouri State in 2009. She helped guide the Lady Bears to a pair of WNIT appearances, including a third-round trip in 2010. Missouri State amassed 46 wins over her two seasons in Springfield.