Feb. 15, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Women's Soccer Team announced a new addition to its staff on Friday, as former professional goalkeeper Allison Whitworth will be joining the Bobcats as an assistant coach.
"I think that Allison is going to be a great addition to the Ohio staff," said Head Coach Aaron Rodgers. "Combining her playing experience and her coaching experience, she's familiar with what it takes to be successful as both a player and a coach at the Division I level. She'll help us drive our student-athletes to reach their potential."
"She definitely understands recruiting at the Division I level. She was involved in it from her time at Middle Tennessee State, so she'll be able to walk right in here and assist us tremendously on the recruiting front to help us bring the best soccer players here to Ohio University."
Allison Whitworth spent the last two seasons serving as an assistant coach/goalkeeper coach at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. During her time at MTSU, the Blue Raiders went a combined 24-14-1 and recorded 14 shutouts. Middle Tennessee ended its most recent season 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.
"I am very excited to be a part of the Ohio Soccer Program," Whitworth said. "It is a great step forward in my career and Aaron (Rodgers) is giving me a great opportunity, not only to continue to grow as a coach, but also to work with a great group of goalkeepers and defenders. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity and I think it will be really exciting to bring this program back to being a championship-caliber team."
Whitworth, a Birmingham, Ala., native and 2007 graduate of Auburn, recently completed her third season 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.
She capped her Auburn career by setting a school record with 356 saves, including another standard and SEC-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 last three seasons, including three times as a senior. She saw action in 73 career matches, posting a 1.13 career goals-against average.
All of her accomplishments have not been on the field. She was named to the 2008 NSCAA/adidas Women's Collegiate Scholar All-America Third Team and was honored as the Southeastern Conference's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Whitworth was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Team member, earning First Team recognition in 2008 and a Third Team spot in 2007.
She 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 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.
She 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.
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