Gannon Names Mike Whitling Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Posted: July 9, 2013Gannon head women's basketball coach Jim Brunelli has begun to develop his
first coaching staff by naming Mike Whitling an assistant coach.
Brunelli is expected to announce a second assistant coach at a
Whitling is no stranger to Brunelli's system, serving as an
assistant coach under Brunelli for the last three seasons at
Anderson (S.C.) University. He assisted in preparing practice and
game plans while overseeing the Trojans' conditioning program. In
addition, Whitling worked with the guards and was responsible for
film exchange and preparing opponent scouting reports. He also
helped with the Trojans' recruiting efforts.
"I'm very excited that Mike will be joining me at Gannon," said
Brunelli. "We've worked together for the last three years and feel
very comfortable with each other. It's important because Mike knows
me and what we want to accomplish. It will make for a smooth
transition in the office, on the court and on the recruiting
"Mike brings a good work ethic and a passion for wanting to make
student-athletes better through skill development. He is a student
of the game and always wants to learn to get better. His knowledge
of the game and more importantly his ability to teach our system
right from the start are critical. I look forward to welcoming him
to the Gannon family."
Anderson won the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) regular-season and
tournament championships last season with Brunelli and Whitling on
the sideline, advancing to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.
The Trojans gained national exposure with a 72-65 preseason victory
at NCAA Division I Clemson. Academically, Anderson's team grade
point average rose to a 3.2 mark.
"I'm very excited to be joining the Gannon University family,"
noted Whitling. "Gannon has a great women's basketball tradition.
I'm thrilled that Jim has brought me to Gannon to help continue
that winning tradition."
Whitling began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate
assistant coach for three seasons (2005-08) under legendary Clarion
(Pa.) women's basketball coach Margaret "Gie" Parsons. He assisted
with on-court coaching, game management and the preparation of
scouting reports. Whitling also helped recruit quality Division II
athletes to the Golden Eagle program while developing and
implementing preseason workout plans that included weightlifting
and individual player development. He also managed the oversight of
student-athlete academic performance and players' class schedules.
Clarion qualified for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
(PSAC) Tournament all three seasons with Whitling on the staff. The
Golden Eagles also ranked 16th in NCAA Division II with a 3.42 team
grade point average.
The Knox, Pa., native earned a bachelor's degree in Finance from
Clarion in 2004. Whitling later received a master's degree in
Education in 2008. While at Clarion, he was a three-year
letterwinner for the Golden Eagles' baseball team. Whitling earned
All-PSAC Western Division second-team utility honors, recording the
fifth-highest single-season batting average (.357) in school
history as a senior.