Whittaker enters his third year as the Head of Strength and Conditioning in 2018.
Whittaker makes his first move to the Mid-Atlantic region, spending his entire career in the southern states. A four-year soccer player at Division III Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, he brings the perspective from the other side of the training. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Art in Exercise Science in 2011, Whittaker began his professional career as a personal trainer in Alabama until the fall of 2013 when he decided to continue his education at Auburn University at Montgomery, working toward a Master of Education in Kinesiology.
While at AUM his first year, he was named a Graduate Research Assistant, building his resume through instruction and research. For two semesters, he instructed the Principles of Exercise and Conditioning course, while also working with women’s soccer. With the soccer team, he not only was their Strength and Conditioning coach, but was also researching Athlete Performance Testing and Heart Rate Variability.
During the first summer of graduate school, he picked up an internship in Mobile, Alabama with the University of South Alabama. Working directly with two full-time Strength and Conditioning coaches, Whittaker helped coach lifting techniques as well as agility with the football and men’s basketball squads. His personal responsibilities for each sport were mobility for football and movement prep for workouts with basketball.
After just one more semester, Whittaker earned his Master’s degree from AUM in December 2014 before spending the spring semester with Wake Forest University as an intern in its Strength and Conditioning department. There, he worked alongside the coaches for several different sports including teaching and coaching lifting techniques and agility with volleyball and baseball, implementing the men’s soccer strength program, and design and implement the men’s cheer strength program. Additionally, he led the developmental program for the Grey Shirt Baseball athletes.
After his stint in Salem, North Carolina, he spent the summer of 2015 with another Division I department, serving as an intern with Tulane University, where he taught and coached lifting techniques and agility with the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
In August 2015, he took up his final internship at Webber International University, a NAIA school in Babson Park, Florida. His internship quickly turned into being named Strength and Conditioning Coaching Assistant by January, as he became the primary coach for women’s soccer and men’s and women’s tennis. His year at Webber had him designing and implementing all aspects of strength and conditioning including dynamic warmups, injury prevention, regeneration, general strength development, power development, speed and agility training, as well as aspects of cardiovascular conditioning. Whittaker had complete control of schedule and meeting with sport coaches and athletic trainers for his three primary sports, while assisting with football and baseball. Additionally, he created the summer programs for men’s and women’s volleyball.
Whittaker is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and has gained certification in Adult CPR and AED. Outside of work, he enjoys getting back on the turf and playing soccer. Being a very social person, he also enjoys new music and checking out the local concert scene. Whittaker resides in Falls Church, Virginia.
Strength & Conditioning Mission Statement
The mission of the Marymount University Strength & Conditioning program is to provide student athletes with proper education, training, & recovery techniques that will support the demands of their respective sport and assist them in reaching their athletic potential. The program is dedicated to developing work ethic, mental toughness, discipline and pride in individual and team endeavors in a systematic and progressive manner over the course of their time at the university.
In conjunction with the Sports Medicine staff, Marymount’s Strength & Conditioning staff will promote injury prevention and performance enhancement through science-based programming in a safe, clean and professional environment. We strive to maintain the highest caliber of certification through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), the only strength training and conditioning certification to be nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).