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DENVER –– University of Denver strength and conditioning assistant coach Kathryn Whartenby has been promoted to head strength and conditioning coach, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Peg Bradley-Doppes announced Tuesday.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me and I’m very excited and thankful to the DU coaches and administration,” Whartenby said. “It has always been a career goal of mine to lead my own strength and conditioning program and to be able to do it at a place that I’m passionate about makes it all the more meaningful.”
Whartenby will oversee all aspects of the strength and conditioning program after working primarily with men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, gymnastics and men’s soccer since her arrival.
“Kathryn has worked diligently with our student-athletes to prepare them for competition and in maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” Bradley-Doppes said. “Her knowledge and commitment to excellence in the field of strength and conditioning will go a long way in promoting the continued success of Pioneer athletics.”
Before joining the strength and conditioning staff at Denver in June 2010, Whartenby was an assistant at Yale, serving three years as the primary strength coach for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the men’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, women’s swimming, women’s golf and women’s cross country programs.
“Kathryn has displayed an incredible work ethic, positive attitude and an above and beyond commitment to helping the student-athletes reach their maximum potential,” said head gymnastics coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart. “More than anyone else I’ve worked with, Kathryn is open minded to feedback, suggestions and recommendations. She has the ability to tailor each individual sports’ needs to the specific strength and conditioning requirements necessary to stay fit and healthy while building strength and speed.”
Before Yale, Whartenby was an assistant at Florida from 2005-07, while earning her master’s degree in applied physiology and kinesiology. She worked with the Gator women’s basketball team, as well as numerous other programs, while teaching classes for the Sports and Fitness Program and developing a fitness program for the Florida Department of Corrections.
“Kathryn is simply the most talented and dedicated strength coach that I’ve worked with in my 18 years of Division I coaching,” said women’s basketball head coach Erik Johnson. “She is very qualified and we are thrilled that she will be staying at the University of Denver for the foreseeable future.”
Whartenby is a 2005 graduate of Tusculum College (Tenn.). She was a four-year letter winner and three-time captain of the basketball team, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and graduating summa cum laude.
“I can’t imagine any person more deserving of this opportunity than Kathryn,” said head men’s lacrosse coach Bill Tierney. “She is dedicated, knowledgeable and our players respect her very much. I have worked with Kathryn for almost two seasons now, and I am excited knowing that my team is in good hands as we move forward.”
Whartenby is a 2001 graduate of Galax High School, where she was a multi-sport athlete, including a 1,000-point scorer in basketball for the Maroon Tide.
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