Hamline University

Nelson Whitmore Named Assistant Athletic Director


Nelson Whitmore, who is beginning his sixth season as head men’s basketball coach at Hamline University, now has a little more work on his plate. Whitmore has added the title of Assistant Athletic Director to his duties. Jason Verdugo, HU Athletic Director, made the announcement today. “Nelson is one of the sharpest minds around,” he said. “He has done a terrific job in molding the men’s basketball team into a consistent winning program. He has been an Assistant AD before and will serve as a great aid as we continue in rebuilding our athletic programs.”

Whitmore’s main emphasis will be with development. He will assist Verdugo in the department’s fundraising efforts as well working with corporate sponsorships. Whitmore spent ten years as Assistant Athletic Director for The College at Brockport, State University of New York from 1997-2007. During that time he served as home event manager, facilities coordinator, and director of athletic travel for all twenty-one athletic teams.

 "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with our prestigious alumni and corporate sponsors,” Whitmore said.  “As the Assistant Athletic Director of Development, I look forward to enhancing our student-athletes’ experience here at Hamline.” A 1992 graduate of St. John Fisher College, Whitmore has been coaching NCAA DIII basketball for the past two decades. Prior to coming to Hamline, he spent nine years as the head coach at SUNY Brockport (NY). His teams made eight straight post-season appearances, winning at least one game every time.

Whitmore’s teams were State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) regular season champions in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2007. They added SUNYAC tournament titles in 2001 and 2002. The Golden Eagles advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III basketball tournament in 2002 and 2007 as well as Sweet Sixteen appearances in the 2001 and 2004 seasons. For these accomplishments Whitmore was named SUNYAC coach of the year in 2000, 2002, and 2004.

When he moved to Hamline, Whitmore inherited a program that had not had a winning season in 14 seasons. Two years later, he had the Pipers in the MIAC basketball playoffs. The next season in 2010-2011, the team won 16 games and hosted a playoff game for the first time in a quarter of a century. When the Pipers went 13-12 last season, it marked their third straight season over .500, the first time that has happened in the past twenty-six seasons.

In the past five years, Whitmore has coached six All-MIAC, three All-MIAC Honorable Mention, and six All-MIAC First Year players. Some of these players include: Tony Thrasher, a 2009 Josten’s national player of the year finalist; Ray Brown, the 2010 College Sporting News MIAC co-MVP; Carl Hipp, a 2011 NABC 2nd team All-American and MIAC player of the year; and most recently, Mike Campbell, a two-time All-MIAC selection.