Florida Names Whitney Hite as Associate Head Coach

Whitney Hite, who was terminated in March as the head coach at Wisconsin, has been hired as an associate head coach with the women’s program at the University of Florida. Florida recently named Jeff Poppell as the head coach of the women’s program, splitting the team into separate men’s and women’s squads after the retirement of long-time head coach Gregg Troy.

Florida has also announced the addition of 2016 NCAA Champion in the 200 yard backstroke Danielle Galyer and Florida alum Delaney Dye to the staff. Galyer will serve as a volunteer assistant, while Dye will act as program coordinator for both the men’s and women’s teams.

Hite spent 7 years as the head men’s and women’s coach at Wisconsin, where the program produced 25 Big 10 event titles and 103 All-American honors. That includes an NCAA title in the 200 back at the 2013 NCAA Championships and a runner-up finish from Ivy Martin in the 50 free at the 2015 NCAA Championships.

Notwithstanding the TeDuits title, Hite’s women’s teams had more success in his tenure at Wisconsin than did his men’s. A chart of each team’s finish at Big Tens and NCAAs is below.

Wisconsin Finishes, Whitney Hite Era

Big Ten NCAAs Big Ten NCAAs
Men’s Men’s Women’s Women’s
2018 6th/10 teams 0 Points/1 Qualifier 5th/13 teams 17th – 78 points
2017 5th/10 teams 18th – 63 points 3rd/13 teams 15th – 98 points
2016 5th/10 teams 18th – 53 points 6th/13 teams 21st – 49 points
2015 5th/10 teams 21st – 48 points 4th/13 teams 13th – 103 points
2014 7th/10 teams t/33rd – 10 points 6th/13 teams 13th – 78 points
2013 6th/10 teams 13th – 84 points 7th/13 teams 15th – 65 points
2012 8th/10 teams 27th – 19 points 4th/13 teams 15th – 91 points

Prior to Wisconsin, he spent 2 years as an assistant at Arizona, working for former U.S. National Team Director Frank Busch; and 3 years as a women’s assistant at Cal under past U.S. Olympic head coach Teri McKeever. He was also a 5-year assistant under another past Olympic head coach Jack Bauerle at Georgia, and swam at Texas under another Olympic head coach Eddie Reese. Hite was a member of the 1996 NCAA Championship team at Texas.

In 2016, Galyer became Kentucky’s first-ever national champion in swimming when she won the 200 back, and was a four-time CSCAA First Team All-American and two-year member of the USA Swimming National Team, having placed 5th in the 200 back at the 2016 Olympic Trials. She was also a back-to-back winner of the prestigious Elite 90 Award, given to the athlete competing at each NCAA Championship event with the highest GPA; and an NCAA Woman of the Year finalist in 2017.

Galyer has been coaching with the Gator Swim Club while pursuing her law degree at Florida.

Dye was a diver at the University of Florida from 2012-2016 and was a three-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. She just completed her master’s degree at Florida while working as an intern with the Operations and Facilities Department there.

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Frank Bush
2 years ago

Why was he fired from Wisconsin

A non-e mouse
Reply to  Frank Bush
2 years ago

Sub-par results and bad relationships with Wisconsin club and high school coaches I would think

Gator chomp
Reply to  A non-e mouse
2 years ago

I’m from Wisconsin and all the people that I have heard took recruiting trips there did not like him too much, with the exception of Beata.

Reply to  Gator chomp
2 years ago

I know that he had really upset some legacy recruits as well.

Reply to  Gator chomp
2 years ago

The Wisconsin swimming community has been waiting years for a positive change at UW Madison. I am actually surprised it took as long as it did. Many of the swimmers that swam under Whitney unfortunately didn’t have a positive experience, recruits were lied to, and females were mistreated. Sad to see him at a women’s program.

Reply to  A non-e mouse
2 years ago

Seems like you aren’t aware of where the entire program was at before he arrived. If it were based solely on results he’d never have been fired. It’s also very, very unlikely that his relationships with club and high school coaches played any part in his termination

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

So they didn’t improve while he was there. He rubbed coaches the wrong way in Washington.

Don Sanderlin
Reply to  Frank Bush
2 years ago

Numerous reasons, more importantly is why he was hired elsewhere.

2 years ago


2 years ago

From one team with a very high rate of attrition to another.

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