Whiteman named men's basketball coach at Lincoln College
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[July 30, 2008]
Lincoln College has named Kirk
Whiteman as the new men's basketball coach. Whiteman is no stranger
to the Lynx basketball program since he once served as the assistant
to former LC coach B.J. McCullum, who left in May.
Whiteman, a native of Knoxville, is a graduate of Bowling Green
State University and holds a master's degree from Western Illinois
University. He understands the game from both offensive and
defensive positions and relates well to student-athletes due to his
personal experience of playing in the collegiate environment.
Whiteman's successful playing career began in high school, where he
helped lead his high school to a ranking in the Class A state polls
during his senior year. He earned first-team all-state honors his
senior year and was named most valuable player of the Illinois
Basketball Coaches Association all-star game. He was inducted into
the IBCA Hall of Fame as a player in 2002.
He played at Bowling Green State University in Ohio under the
direction of head coach Jim Larranaga, who led George Mason to the
Final Four in 2006. Whiteman led BGSU to NIT action twice, where he
received Mid-American Conference honors as a freshman. He finished
his collegiate career tied as the leader in 3-point field goals
made. During his career at BGSU, he was part of the teams that
knocked off Kentucky and Michigan State twice.
Whiteman started his coaching career as an assistant coach at
Bowling Green before moving on for a short stint of playing
basketball in Holland. While working on his master's degree at
Western Illinois, he made coaching stops as an assistant coach at
Monmouth College and also served as the head boys' coach at Avon
High School. In 1998, he joined B.J. McCullum's staff at Lincoln
College as an assistant.
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Whiteman says he looks forward to returning to the Lynx program.
"My family and I are extremely excited to once again be part of the
Lincoln College family," he said. "It is an honor to be handed the
reins to a basketball program with such great tradition and to be
associated with one of the premier private, residential, two-year
schools in the nation. Lincoln College has an outstanding reputation
for graduating student-athletes and winning basketball games, a
reputation that will continue to be the cornerstone of the program."
In addition to coaching basketball, he is also an instructor and
men's golf coach at Lincoln College.
Whiteman and his wife, Angie, have three children: two sons,
Kameron and Brody, and a daughter, Piper.
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