Episode 34: Jeff Brightwell sits down with Memphis Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Michael Wholey and talks about the exhibition against Rhoades College and upcoming WNIT home game vs. Grambling State.
The Annual Memphis Madness to kick off the start of Tiger basketball season.
This year the Memphis Tiger Network went behind the scenes of the 2012 Memphis women's basketball photo shoot. We had a chance to meet a lot of new faces on the team this year and talk to some of the veterans. Lets just say that when the camera started rolling, we got a chance to see the team in a whole different light. Enjoy!
Women's basketball vs. Illinois
Michael Wholey joined the University of Memphis women's basketball staff in May of 2008 as the first hire at Memphis for head coach Melissa McFerrin. He was also an assistant on McFerrin's staff at American for the 2007-08 season. He has played a significant role in landing three straight top 50 nationally-ranked recruiting classes at the University of Memphis (most recently the 2012 was ranked number 39 in the country by ESPN Hoopgurlz ) and has helped place the cornerstone for a program that has posted three straight seasons with 20 or more wins and has appeared in three straight post-season tournaments for the first time in program history since 1999-2001.
Wholey's duties at Memphis include serving as the program's recruiting coordinator and assisting with perimeter player development, including three-time All-Conference USA honoree Brittany Carter and Ramses Lonlack, a three-time C-USA All-Defensive Team honoree and the 2012 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. Wholey also serves as a director of the Melissa McFerrin Hoops School Team Camp, assists with the teams video operations, and handles a share of the team scouting duties.
"Michael brings a great deal of energy and passion to the University of Memphis," McFerrin said. "We see the results in our recruiting, on-floor coaching and video operations. He is a very high level contributor and has great pride in representing the University of Memphis."
"In our first four seasons at the University of Memphis, tremendous strides have been made to restore this storied program to an elite level nationally," Wholey said. "Having won 20 games or more in the past three consecutive seasons and signing three consecutive top 50 nationally-ranked recruiting classes that were all number one in Conference USA, it is an exciting time at the University of Memphis. We have seen interest in this program grow both locally and nationally right before our eyes. I look forward to our final season in Conference USA and then moving on to the Big East where new challenges face us!"
At American University, Wholey held similar duties during his one season in Washington, DC, including overseeing the development of all perimeter players. During the 2007-08 season, the Eagles won a school-record 12 straight games (including an undefeated road record in conference), captured the school's first-ever Patriot League conference title, and appeared in the post season for only the third time in school history.
Prior to American, Wholey held positions in both the WNBA and at the junior college level. For two seasons, he served as Video & Travel Coordinator of the San Antonio Silver Stars in the WNBA. While in Texas, Wholey also had a stint as an assistant coach with the nationally-ranked Odessa Junior College Wranglers in Texas.
Wholey earned his bachelor's degree in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College in 2004 and was also member of the men's basketball team. After graduating, Wholey got his start as the Video Coordinator for the Boston University men's basketball team.
The Marshfield, Mass., native is the son of Paul and Nancy Wholey. Wholey played for his father at Marshfield High School. Both of Wholey's siblings played college basketball. His brother Bryan graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in May 2008 and his sister Katie graduated from Tufts University in Somerville, Massachusetts in 2010.