|Title:||Head Women's Soccer Coach|
Nick Whiting is in his second season as the head women’s soccer coach at Lees-McRae College, previously serving as the Bobcats’ assistant coach for two seasons.
Under his guidance, the Bobcats posted their second consecutive Conference Carolinas regular season championship in 2012, putting together a 12-5-2 overall, including a 10-1 mark in league play. Eight players earned all-conference honors that season, including senior Mary Dorn, who was named the Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year as well as the league’s Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Four players earned all-region honors, as Dorn garnered academic all-region recognition, as well as a spot on the NSCAA all-Southeast Region First team. The Bobcats also continued their academic excellence as a team, earning the program’s fifth straight NSCAA Team Academic Award, while leading the conference with a team grade point average of 3.33.
Whiting served as the Bobcats’ assistant coach for two seasons, helping Lees-McRae compile a 27-11-3 overall record over that span, including a 13-5-3 mark in 2011. A native of Panama City, Fla., Whiting played a pivotal role in the Bobcats’ success that season, helping Lees-McRae post a program-record 11-1 mark in conference play en route to the school’s first-ever outright league title and the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.
He has mentored 20 all-conference players over the last three seasons, including 2011 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year Meagan Thornton and 2012 Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year Mary Dorn. He has also been an integral component in the Bobcats’ recruiting efforts since his arrival in 2010, welcoming 29 new student-athletes into the women’s soccer program during his tenure.
Prior to his appointment as the Bobcats’ assistant, Whiting spent the 2009 season at Catawba College, where he helped the Indians to a 13-5-2 record, a sixth-place ranking in the NSCAA Southeast Regional poll and a trip to the South Atlantic Conference semifinals. Whiting’s primary responsibility at Catawba was recruiting, a role in which he helped the Indians sign seven players on National Signing Day. He also served as the goalkeepers coach, guiding the Indian net minders to nine shutouts and a 0.86 goals against average.
Whiting also served as a graduate assistant coach at Western Carolina University during their Southern Conference championship season in 2008. During that campaign, Western Carolina advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they met the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the opening round, while registering a pivotal victory over No. 20 University of South Carolina.
Prior to his time at WCU, Whiting spent a year at Jacksonville University as a media relations assistant for both the men and women’s soccer teams, as well as several other sports. Whiting is a 2007 graduate of the University of West Florida, having earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a specialization in public relations.
|Title:||Assistant Women's Soccer Coach|
Brittany Downs is in her first season as the assistant women's soccer coach at Lees-McRae College.
A native of Orlando, Fla., Downs joins the Bobcats after a successful four-year playing career beginning at SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island, N.Y. and then at Southeast Region foe, Mars Hill College. While at Mars Hill, she was named to the all-South Atlantic Conference First team as a defender, as well as a two year captain.
Downs brings a tremendous amount of coaching and professional playing experience with her Lees-McRae, having three seasons for the Orlando Surge of the Women’s Premier Soccer League. She also served as the assistant women’s soccer and conditioning coach for the University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon, as well as the assistant coach for the under-16 girls in Puerto Rico National Elite League 2010-2011.
She most recently served as the head coach of Orlando, Fla. schools with Euro Soccer schools, organizing and delegating elementary schools and preschools, while leading other coaches in both camp style and small group sessions.
Downs holds coaching licenses at almost every level, including a D-level National license from the United States Soccer Federation and a personal training license through the International Sports Sciences Association.