Whitman Women’s Athletics Here and Now

This June marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the landmark gender equality law most commonly associated with paving the way for better opportunities for women in sport.

Title IX helped level the playing field on campuses across the country, including here in Whitman. Today, the college offers nine women’s collegiate sports in which more than 120 female students participate.

“I think the opportunity for our young women is greater now than ever before,” said Kim Chandler, Whitman’s director of athletics. “…it’s also the result of our coaches working hard to create those paths.”

Here’s a quick look at the current state of Whitman women’s varsity athletics: Strongly committed. Hard contested. Incredibly resilient. Bookmark Whitman Athletics to keep up to date with all the action.


head coach: Michelle Ferenz (since 2001)

Athletes in the program: 16

Whitman for the win, all wins! In February 2022, the Blues won the Northwest Conference (NWC) regular and tournament championships in women’s basketball and advanced to the NCAA tournament, winning their first-round game and ending the season with an impressive 26-2 record, including an unbeaten one Conference game .

“Whitman student athletes want excellence. They want people who will support them in doing their best – not only in the classroom but also on the court, in the pool or on the field. You want to be challenged. They want to learn to be leaders.”

–Michelle Frenz, women’s basketball head coach and NWC Coach of the Year

Whitman College Cross Country RunnerCross-country and distance routes

head coach: Scott Shields ’91 (2010-present)

Athletes in the program: 12 (cross country); 13 (distance track)

Bi-Season Athletes. After a 2019 Northwest Conference championship in women’s cross country, Whitman’s distance runners were presented with a new opportunity to compete in the distance track each spring. Long-distance runners compete in athletics
Events that are 800 meters and longer.

Whitman College golfer putting on a greengolf

head coach: Skip Molitor (since 2008)

Athletes in the program: 5

Winning on GPA. Whitman’s Women’s Golf has been recognized by the WGCA (Women’s Golf Coaches Association) as one of the top academic programs in the country. With a team GPA of 3.767, the Blues finished eighth overall in Division III and are leaders among Northwest Conference programs.


head coach: Heidi Colford (since 2021)

Athletes in the program: 15

Lacrosse is back! Like other teams across the country, Whitman Lacrosse had an abrupt end to their spring 2020 season due to the pandemic. The following season (2021) they were unable to field the required roster for the competition. In late February 2022, they entered the field with a team of almost entirely new faces, including first-year coach Heidi Colford, and made a triumphant return with a 20-4 win over Eastern Oregon University.

Whitman college lacrosse players competing against another team

The Whitman College swim team holds a championship bannerTo swim

head coach: Jennifer Blomme (since 2000)

Athletes in the program: 20

Up in the pool! In February 2022, the Whitman women’s swim team won the NWC Championships – their fourth consecutive conference title, a remarkable series of championships that began in 2017. Head Coach Jenn Blomme was named NWC Women’s Coach of the Year.

Whitman College football player kicking the ballSoccer

head coach: Michelle Voiland (since 2020)

Athletes in the program: 30

We look forward to a strong future. As the 2021-2022 season began, women’s soccer welcomed 21 new players to its roster — from nearby Richland, Washington, and Vestibula, Alabama.

Whitman College tennis player in actiontennis

head coach: John Hein (since 2008)

Athletes in the program: 11

setback. With no seniors graduating on the 2021-2022 tap, women’s tennis will be strong next season with a young team and a lead from the return of standout Angel Le ’23, NWC Player of the Year, and Irene Tsai ’23 Come back.


head coach: Matt Helm (since 2012)

Athletes in the program: 17

powerhouse player. Volleyball’s 2021 record (6-19) did not reflect their bold and competitive play – they led their opponents with both aces and blocks. In the fall of 2022, Whitman will return to the court with an experienced group of seniors at the helm.

Whitman college volleyball players in competition

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