J.J. (John) Whitlinger is in his fourth season with the Furman men's tennis program and his first as associate head coach.
“J.J. Whitlinger has been instrumental in the overall success of the men’s tennis program at Furman,” said head coach Kelly Jones. “He is involved in every aspect of the tennis program and is so passionate about developing our players. J.J. is very deserving of being named associate head coach.”
“I’m extremely humbled to be promoted to associate head coach,” said Whitlinger. “I am really looking forward to the future of Furman men’s tennis and working toward building something special.”
In 2018, the Paladins posted a 19-8 overall mark and 5-2 SoCon record. Furman reached the championship match of the SoCon tournament for the fourth time in five years, and Ivan Mitric was honored as the Southern Conference Men's Tennis Freshman of the Year, while Cameron Green and Jake Munns earned all-conference first team citations.
Whitlinger helped Furman to a 17-8 overall record and a 6-1 SoCon mark in 2017. The Paladins, who reached the semifinals of the SoCon tournament, captured six All-SoCon citations and placed two players, Jake Munns and Clarke Wilson, on the SoCon All-Freshman Team. Cameron Green and Adam Steryous were selected to the All-SoCon first team for singles for the second-straight year, and Adam Steryous and Jake Munns represented the Paladins on the All-SoCon first team for doubles. Munns and Jake Bhangdia were named to the All-Southern Conference second team for singles.
In 2016, Whitlinger was instrumental in helping Furman reach the championship match of the Southern Conference tournament for the third-consecutive season. The Paladins recorded a 13-11 overall record and 5-2 league mark. Adam Steryous and Cameron Green were named to the All-Southern Conference first team for singles, while Green and Alex Steryous garnered second-team accolades for doubles, and Josh Pistorius was chosen to the SoCon All-Freshman team.
Whitlinger began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant with the men's tennis program at Stanford in 2005 and remained with the Cardinal through the end of the 2014 season. During his time with the Cardinal, the team made nine NCAA tournament appearances and won two Pac-10 league championships. Whitlinger also worked as the Director of Junior Tennis at the Fremont Hills Country Club from 2010-2015.
A native of Menlo Park, Calif., Whitlinger earned a bachelor's degree in political science from St. Mary's College of California in 2005. A four-year letter winner for the Gaels, he earned All-WCC doubles honorable mention accolades as a sophomore. Whitlinger, who was chosen team captain for two years, was nominated for the George R. McKeon Award, which recognizes St. Mary's most outstanding student-athlete, as a senior in 2005.
Whitlinger is married to the former Katrina Domela of Bandung, Indonesia, who played tennis at the University of Tennessee at Martin and Cal State Fullerton. The couple has two sons, Trey, 6, and Rhys, 4.