Whitney Taney has been promoted to the position of Assistant Coach for the women’s tennis program as announced by first year head coach Chuck Merzbacher. Taney was a standout player, a four-year letter winner, at the University of Michigan before serving as the volunteer assistant coach for the Gophers last season.
“There is no doubt that Whitney was an outstanding tennis player, but more importantly she is an outstanding person, coach, and mentor for our student-athletes,” said Merzbacher. “We see eye to eye on how we want to build this program.”
Taney joined the Gophers as volunteer assistant coach for the 2011-12 season. With her help, Minnesota put together its best season record (16-9, 5-6), achieved the program’s highest ITA national ranking (No. 39), and made its first appearance in the NCAA Championships over the past nine years.
Originally from Edina, Minn., Taney graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011. During her time with the Wolverines, she established a high standard of excellence for the Wolverine tennis program, amassed a total career record of 203-69, 89-35 in singles play and 114-34 in doubles, becoming only the third tennis player at Michigan to win 200 or more matches in her career. She was thrice named an All-Big Ten player (2008, 2010, 2011), earned three Big Ten Athlete of the Week awards, and qualified to play doubles in the NCAA National Championships in 2010. She also holds Michigan’s record for most career doubles victories with 114 and ranks as the No. 7 player in career singles wins with 89.
Taney was selected as a two-time ITA scholar athlete (2009-10), a nominee for Leader of the Year by MGoBlue.com, and the runner-up for the Miss Wolverine award. She also held the title of team captain in her final two seasons.
“She’s familiar with the Big Ten and the women on the team,” Merzbacher added. “And she has strong community ties as a local tennis legend.”
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 (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 High School All-American and was the 2007 National High School Coaches Association Tennis Player of the Year.
In addition to an outstanding high school career, Taney dominated the USTA junior tennis circuit. From 2002-07, she won six National Open Championships and went 174-0 while winning 42 consecutive tournaments in the USTA Northern Section. Taney was ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles for six years in a row.