Edina-native Whitney Taney is entering her fourth season with the program
No. 55 Minnesota rebounded from a Friday loss with a 4-3 road victory against Penn State.
After serving a year as a volunteer, Taney has been promoted to full-time assistant
Minnesota, who hasn't played at home since Feb. 26, will travel to Michigan State and No. 20 Michigan
After holding the volunteer assistant coach position for the Minnesota women's tennis team in 2011-12 and serving as the squad's full-time assistant coach for two years in 2012-13 and 2013-14, Whitney Taney was promoted to the Golden Gophers' associate head coach prior to the 2014-15 season.
In the 2014-15 season the team finished 17-10 overall while boasting an impressive 11-3 home record. She also helped coach a team that had five academic all-conference selections.
Taney, a native of Edina, Minn., was elevated to full-time assistant status after her first year with the team, a season in which the Gophers finished 16-9. After the team went 10-15 in 2012-13, Taney and the Gophers showed marked improvement in 2013-14, posting their highest win total since 2003 with a 17-9 ledger. Minnesota also went 6-5 in Big Ten play, doubling its conference win total from the previous season.
Before joining the Gophers, Taney was a standout tennis player at Michigan from 2008-11. She left Michigan with the Wolverines' record for most career doubles victories with 114 and was a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete. Additionally, she was an NCAA Doubles Tournament qualifier in 2010 and was named All-Big Ten in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Prior to her time in Ann Arbor, Taney played high school tennis at Edina where she was a six-year letterwinner. She went undefeated during her prep career, finishing with a 166-0 record, going 150-0 singles and 16-0 in doubles. She lost just two sets in high school and won five individual state championships, claiming three in singles and two in doubles. At Edina, she was a two-time All-American and was the 2007 National High School Coaches Association Player of the Year.
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