Whitney Hite enters his third year as an assistant coach at Cal. The Golden Bears have posted dual meet records of 9-0 (2004) and 9-2 (2005) in his first two seasons, including a win against Stanford in 2004, which was the Bears' first since 1978. At the NCAA Championships, Cal has placed sixth (2004) and eighth (2005) over the past two seasons.
The Denver native came to Berkeley after serving as an assistant coach with the University of Georgia's swimming staff for five years. With the Bulldogs, he helped Georgia's women's team to three straight national championships, 1999-2001. In 2002 and 2003, the Georgia women posted consecutive runner-up finishes. Hite also helped coach Georgia's men's swimming team, a squad that posted Top 15 national finishes in each season under his guidance.
While Hite was an assistant at Georgia, the Bulldogs dominated the Southeastern Conference. Georgia swimmers Robert Margalis and Mary DeScenza were named SEC Swimmer and SEC Freshman of the Year, respectively. In 2003, Hite also helped coach one the greatest swimmers in Georgia's history in sprint freestyler Maritza Correia. With 11 national titles (five individual and six relays) to her credit, Correia holds more NCAA hardware than any other swimmer in Lady Bulldog history.
A four-year member of the men's swimming team at the University of Texas, Hite swam sprint freestyle for the Longhorns and graduated with a B.S. in sports management from Texas in the spring of 1997. He earned his master's degree in education from Georgia in 2001.