Former Pack Standout Whitehouse Added to Swimming and Diving Staff
Sept. 13, 2011
RENO, Nev. – Former Nevada swimmer Susan Whitehouse has been hired as an assistant women’s swimming coach, the University of Nevada announced Tuesday.
“I'm honored to have this opportunity to not only work with outstanding student-athletes but also to return to the Wolf Pack family,” Whitehouse said. “It means a great deal to me to be able to help the next generation of Nevada swimmers achieve bigger and better goals.”
Whitehouse is a member of the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, entering in 2009 after swimming for the Pack from 1995-99. She holds Nevada’s school record time for the 200 backstroke and still has one of the top five fastest times in school history in the 100 backstroke.
In each of her four years at Nevada, Whitehouse won the 200 backstroke race at the Big West Championships. She led Nevada to four consecutive Big West Conference Championships. She also captured 10 Big West Conference championships with five titles coming in individual events and five as a member of Wolf Pack relay teams. Whitehouse qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials but was unable to compete due to injury.
“I am extremely proud and excited to have the honor of presenting Susan Whitehouse as a new addition to the coaching staff for Wolf Pack Swimming and Diving,” head coach Mike Richmond said. “Her passion for the sport of swimming and diving is only eclipsed by her passion for her alma mater, the University of Nevada.”
In 1999, Whitehouse became the first woman in the Big West Conference to break the two-minute barrier in the 200 backstroke (1:59.92), holding the conference record for three years.
Whitehouse comes back to Nevada after serving as the head age group coach for the City of Midland swim team since July of 2010. Her responsibilities included daily coaching of beginner athletes ages 8-10, elite athletes ages 11-14 and communications with parents and athletes.
Prior to taking over head coaching duties with the COM swim team, Whitehouse acted as an age group coach with the program. During her tenure as head age group coach, Whitehouse coached more than 10 swimmers to the Texas Age Group State (TAGS) Meet. She also coached the West-Texas All Star Team in November of 2010.
From 2004-08, Whitehouse served as the head boys coach at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill. During her time there, she oversaw more than 90 students and three coaches. In her first season as head coach with the SHS boys team, she led them to a 2005 North Suburban Conference title and Sectional title. She was also named the Sectional Coach of the Year that season.
During her four years as head coach, she compiled a 22-5 dual meet record and her 2008 team placed 11th out of 179 teams at the Illinois state meet.
Whitehouse and her husband Justin have two children, Cassie, 5 and Lance, 3. Justin is also Nevada graduate, earning a Bachelor’s in Health Education in 1998. He is currently an athletic trainer with the Oakland Athletics.