Rachel Whitten is entering her sixth season at the helm of the Furman women’s lacrosse program in the 2018-19 school year. In four years of Division I play (2014-18), Whitten has amassed a 43-34 record and guided Furman to four conference semifinal appearances and a SoCon Championship game appearance in 2018, as the first head coach in program history.
Last season, Furman finished the year at 8-11 in the first season of Southern Conference women's lacrosse. The Paladins then made a run to the SoCon title game, downing Central Michigan in the semifinals.
In 2015, the inaugural year of Furman women’s lacrosse, Whitten led her team to a 10-7 overall record and 4-3 Atlantic Sun record and appearance in the A-Sun tournament.
On May 30, 2012, Furman University director of athletics Dr. Gary Clark announced that Rachel Shuck Whitten, associate head coach at the University of Denver, has been named Furman's first women's lacrosse coach.
Whitten, a native of Annapolis, Md., spent 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.
During her tenure at Denver, the Pioneers amassed a 71-36 (.664) record, won three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular season championships, and ranked among the nation's top 20 teams three times.
In 2012 Denver posted a 12-3 record and 6-1 mark against MPSF opponents, leading the nation with 12.6 caused turnovers per game and ranking tenth nationally in scoring offense (13.93 goals per game), while posting the nation's 11th-best scoring margin at 4.2. The team's 12-game winning streak was the longest in Denver women's lacrosse history.
The Pioneers concluded the 2010 season with a 13-5 record and went a perfect 6-0 in league play. Denver advanced to the finals of the MPSF Tournament but was edged by Stanford, 11-10, in double overtime, to finish the season ranked 20th nationally. Pioneers Ali Flury, Natasha Davies, and Lexi Sanders were named to the IWLCA All-West Region second team, while Flury earned All-American accolades.
The 2008 squad also went undefeated in MPSF play, earning a final ranking of 15th nationally. In Whitten's first two seasons at Denver, the Pioneers posted a combined 29-9 record, including a perfect 10-0 slate in regular season league play.
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. Loyola ranked among the nation's top five teams her first three seasons, finishing the 2003 campaign as the top-ranked team in the country. Whitten, who remains the school's all-time career leader with 120 assists, was nominated as a junior and senior for the Tewaaraton Award, which is presented annually to the NCAA women's lacrosse player of the year.
A 2004 graduate of Loyola with a bachelor's degree in business administration, she is married to Marty Whitten of Verailles, Mo., and the couple has two children, Aleni Lou and James Cole.