BUENA VISTA, Va. — Southern Virginia University Vice President and Director of Athletics Jason Lamb today named Rainey Whitworth ('17) as the Knights next head women's lacrosse coach.
"Coach Whitworth is one of the most decorated players' in the program's history and we're excited to welcome her back now to lead our women's lacrosse team," Lamb said. "She continued her success as a player as a a collegiate coach and now returns to us with a new perspective. We look forward to the progress the program will achieve under her leadership."
As a member of the Southern Virginia's women's lacrosse team, Whitworth in 45 games for the Knights from 2013-16 earning All-CAC Second Team honors after the 2016 season. Whitworth ranks second all-time for the Knights in goals (92), ground balls (111), caused turnovers (52) and free-position goals (19)— and third all-time in total points (105).
Prior to Southern Virginia, Whitworth played one season at Savannah College of Art and Design where she was part of SCAD's 2013 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championship team.
After Completing her playing career from Southern Virginia and earning a B.A. in history, Whitworth became the first head coach of the University of Saint Mary (Ks.) women's lacrosse program where she subsequently coached for the past two seasons.
Whitworth now returns to Southern Virginia as the third head women's lacrosse coach in the program's history.
"I am grateful for the experience I received at Saint Mary and for the opportunity to return to my alma mater—it feels like I'm coming home," said Whitworth. "I'm also excited to compete in the challenging Capital Athletic Conference knowing it will push us to a higher level."
"The environment at Southern Virginia is both unique and special," said Whitworth. "This is a University that encourages an individual to grow spiritually— as an athlete and as a person."
"I hope to establish a positive culture that will be fundamental to our progression as a program," continued Whitworth. "We will set a solid foundation for our new incoming student-athletes as we start to build the program from the ground up."
Whitworth takes over for Nancy Weber who went 25-59 in her five seasons leading the Knights, including a program best 9-9 last season.