Furman University director of athletics Dr. Gary Clark announced today that Rachel Shuck Whitten, associate head coach at the University of Denver, has been named Furman's first women's lacrosse coach. Furman just added women's and men's lacrosse to its Division I athletics program. The teams will begin varsity competition by the 2014-15 academic year.
"Rachel Whitten's enthusiasm, experience, and commitment to the growth of lacrosse make her the ideal inaugural head women's lacrosse coach for Furman," said Clark in making the announcement.
"I am extremely excited and honored to be named the first head coach of the Furman women's lacrosse program," said Whitten. "I am thankful to Liza Kelly and the athletic department at the University of Denver for the past six years I have been part of their staff."
Whitten, a native of Annapolis, Md., has spent the last six seasons at the University of Denver, serving as an assistant coach from 2007-11 before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2012 season.
A two-time All-American at Loyola University in Baltimore, Md., Whitten helped the Greyhounds advance to three straight NCAA tournaments from 2002-04, including an appearance in the 2003 Final Four.