Bryan Whittaker begins his seventh year as head coach for men's and women's tennis programs at Walsh. After serving as an assistant coach the previous two years, Whittaker took over the reins of both programs in 2012.
His men's mark stands at 59-79 after a 10-13 overall mark last year in which the Cavs advanced to the G-MAC Championship, their second postseason appearance in the past three seasons. In 2015-16, Walsh made its first GLIAC Tournament appearance and an NCAA Division II No. 10 Midwest Regional ranking.
After logging a 4-21 record in year one on the women's side, Whittaker directed the Cavs to a stunning turnaround with a 20-8 overall record in 2013-14 and to a 12-5, fifth place GLIAC finish. The Cavs finished the year ranked ninth in the Mideast rankings among NCAA ll programs. Last season the Cavs were 11-11 overall and 7-1 in the their first season in the G-MAC. The women equaled the men's team and advanced to the conference championship match. Whittaker's overall women's record stands at 59-90.
Whittaker played for Walsh from 1988-92 when he earned four team MVP awards and was an NAIA Academic All-American in 1991 and 1992. He currently holds the all-time record in wins at the first singles position with 56. He was inducted into the Walsh Wall of Fame in 2007. He was also a two-time first-team All-District 22 selection and was Walsh’s co-Male Athlete of the Year in 1992. He earned his BA in accounting from Walsh in 1992 and is completing work for his master’s in education.
Whittaker served as Lake High School’s boys’ tennis coach from 2005-2012. In 2012 he led the Blue Streaks to their first ever Federal League championship and was voted Stark County Coach of the Year by the Stark County Coaches Association.
Bryan currently resides in Massillon.