Taney Promoted to Associate Head Coach
July 18, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - 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 has been promoted to the Golden Gophers' associate head coach, head coach Chuck Merzbacher announced Friday.
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.
"I am very honored to be promoted to associate head coach," said Taney. "I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with Coach Merzbacher and this great group of players and bring our program to the next level. I feel our future is extremely bright and we are heading in the right direction."
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.