Former professional goalkeeper joins Bobcats from Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Allison Whitworth enters her second season as an assistant coach for the Ohio University soccer program in 2014. She joined head coach Aaron Rodgers' staff on Feb. 13, 2013.
In her first season as the Bobcats' goalkeeper coach, Ohio tallied 115 saves and recorded four shutouts in 2013. Ohio's 5.75 saves per game ranked second in the Mid-American Conference. Senior Mattie Liston finished her career as Ohio's most prolific goalkeeper, departing with program standards in career games played (73), games started (71), minutes (6,670), saves (403) and shutouts (20). Her 107 saves in 2013 rank as the third-most in a single season in school history.
Whitworth spent two seasons (2011-12) as an assistant coach/goalkeeper coach at Middle Tennessee State University. During her time in Murfreesboro, the Blue Raiders went a combined 24-14-1 and recorded 14 shutouts. Middle Tennessee ended 2012 with the second-best record in school history, finishing with a 14-5-1 mark and claiming a share of the Sun Belt Conference's regular-season title. Whitworth's two goalkeepers in 2012 combined for a goals against average of 1.22 and five total shutouts.
A Birmingham, Ala., native and 2007 graduate of Auburn University, Whitworth spent three seasons in the Women's Professional Soccer league, suiting up for the Atlanta Beat. She was originally drafted in 2009 by FC Gold Pride in the eighth round (54th overall), becoming the first Auburn player ever drafted into a professional soccer league.
The Ohio coaching staff is the only one in the MAC comprised entirely of former professional players, as Rodgers (United Soccer League) and Elizabeth Woerle (Germany's Frauen Second Bundesliga) join Whitworth in bringing professional soccer experience to the table.
Whitworth capped her Auburn career by setting a school record with 356 saves, including another standard and Southeastern Conference-high of 132 during her senior campaign. The 356 saves place her third in the league record book. She registered 22 career shutouts, including eight during each of her junior and senior years, tying for eighth in SEC history. Her 1.02 goals against average as a senior helped her garner First Team All-SEC honors -- her second league accolade after picking up a Second Team nod as a junior.
Whitworth was chosen as a SEC Defensive Player of the Week in each of her final three seasons at Auburn, including three times as a senior. She saw action in 73 career matches, posting a 1.13 career goals against average.
Whitworth's accomplishments at Auburn were not just limited to on the field. She was named to the 2008 NSCAA/adidas Women's Collegiate Scholar All-America Third Team and was honored as the SEC's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Team member, earning First Team recognition in 2008 following a Third Team spot in '07.
Whitworth was Auburn's women's sports nominee for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship, presented since 1986 to the SEC's top female scholar-athlete. She added academic honors such as the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was an Auburn University Top Tiger four times throughout her collegiate career.
Whitworth was also a member of numerous honor societies, including Phi Beta, Delta Epsilon Iota, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, Cardinal Key, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society.
Whitworth volunteered in the Auburn community with Habitat for Humanity, Read Across America, the Auburn Food Bank and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund Walk. She helped collect food and toiletries for the Abused and Battered Women's Shelter and was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Whitworth graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn in December 2007 with a 3.89 grade-point average and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She then completed her master's degree in health promotion.