The Fresno State women's soccer team said goodbye to its seniors and distributed team awards during the 2012 banquet.
Maureen Whitney enters her second season with the Bulldogs after eight years as an assistant coach at Sacramento State. Whitney assists with the day-to-day duties of the women's soccer program, including recruiting and on -field coaching.
In Whitney's first season at Fresno State, the 'Dogs recorded a perfect home record and an 11-5-5 record overall. She helped lead the team to the conference tournament championship game in the final year in the Western Athletic Conference. Six players were named All-WAC and three were named to the WAC All-Tournament team under Whitney's guidance.
In her last four years at Sacramento State, Whitney helped the Hornets to two Big Sky Conference Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances over the past four years. She has also helped coach Hornet players to 18 all-Big Sky Conference selections, in addition to 26 honorable mentions.
Whitney, who graduated from Sacramento State in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, was a two-sport athlete for the Hornets, competing from 1998-2000 in soccer and softball. As a defender for the women's soccer team, she was named Defensive MVP following her senior season, and during her two-year career, played in 24 matches, recording two goals and two assists.
She was an assistant coach on the U-18 National Championship squad at San Juan in 2006. All told, Whitney has spent the past seven years developing young talent throughout the local youth competitive soccer ranks.
An accomplished athlete, Whitney spent 10 seasons playing for the California Storm of the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL). A five-time all-star, Whitney has captained the Storm along with Brazilian soccer icon, Sissi, and has played alongside former and current national team players such as Brandi Chastain and Aly Wagoner.
The Storm have reached the national championship match five times with Whitney on the field, winning twice. In 2005, she received the honor of WPSL MVP.
Whitney did not begin playing soccer until the age of 19. Already a two-sport athlete at Walla Walla Community College playing basketball and softball, Whitney was asked to join the soccer program in its first year of existence. She completed her eligibility at Walla Walla as a two-time NWACC all-star.
Whitney was also a three-sport athlete at Central Kitsap High School, graduating in 1995 after competing in volleyball, basketball and softball.