Daniel Whitehead

    Hometown:
    Houston, Texas

    Position:
    Assistant Coach

    Alma Mater:
    Texas '13

    Daniel Whitehead

    06/02/2014

    Whitehead Promoted to Assistant Tennis Coach

    Whitehead spent the 2014 season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Cougars

    05/08/2014

    Houston to Tussle With Texas in NCAA First Round

    The Cougars aim to claim their third NCAA Tournament win in program history

    05/01/2014

    Sullivan; Vogasari Collect Conference's Top Honors

    Patrick Sullivan was named the AAC's Coach of the Year; Vogasari earns Freshman of the Year

    02/26/2014

    No. 30 Houston Aims to Stay Hot in Austin

    The Cougars are riding a three-match win streak as they'll take on the highest ranked team they've played all year in No. 26 Texas

    Former University of Texas standout Daniel Whitehead was promoted from volunteer assistant coach to assistant coach on June 2, 2014. Whitehead joined the Houston Tennis program as a volunteer assistant coach on Jan. 6, 2014.

    In his first season with the Cougars as a volunteer assistant, he helped guide Houston to one of its best seasons in school history, as UH finished with a 21-6 overall record, eventually leading to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1998. The 21 wins were also just two shy of the program's all-time single-season wins record set back in 1990.

    Under his tutelage, Despoina Vogasari, Tina Rupert, and Elena Kordolaimi all earned All-American Athletic Conference First Team honors in 2014, while Vogasari also became the league's first ever Freshman of the Year award recipient.

    "I'm very pleased to add Daniel to our staff," said Sullivan. "As a player he was an outstanding competitor, and knows firsthand what it is like to be a part of an elite program with a strong positive culture."

    "Both in the juniors and in college he was coached by some of the best in the business, and those lessons learned stay with you and determine the type of coach that you become. As we try to establish a winning tradition here in Houston, we're excited to add a young and high-character coach who is going to be able to relate well to our team and help establish the culture and expectations that come with being part of an elite program."

    DANIEL WHITEHEAD
    College University of Texas, '13
    Bachelor's degree in physical culture and sport
    COACHING EXPERIENCE
    Season School, Position
    2014-present Houston, assistant coach
    2013-14 Rice, volunteer assistant coach
    NCAA POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE
    Season Experience
    2014 NCAA Tournament First Round
    PLAYING EXPERIENCE
    Season School
    2009-12 University of Texas

    Whitehead comes to Houston after spending the 2013 fall campaign as a volunteer assistant coach for the men's tennis team at Rice.

    As a player he was a two-year team captain for a Longhorn squad that finished in the top 25 all four years he was there, while being ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation. Whitehead earned All-Big 12 Athlete honors multiple times, while also being named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Role on four separate occasions.

    Whitehead was a top-100 NCAA singles and doubles player for the majority of his college career, while his 86 career singles victories at Texas ranks 21st all-time in school history.

    Before competing at UT, the Houston, Texas native was ranked No. 1 in the state in the boys' 14, 16, and 18 age divisions. He was also ranked as high as No. 27 nationally in the USTA boys 16 division.

    Whitehead earned his bachelor's degree in physical culture and sport from the University of Texas in 2013.

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