July 8, 2013
THE FLATS – Michael Wholey, proven in recruiting, scouting and developing the talents of perimeter players, was hired as assistant women’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech, Yellow Jacket head coach MaChelle Joseph announced Monday.
At Tech, Wholey will serve as the program’s scouting coordinator and be heavily involved with recruiting and the development of the perimeter players.
Wholey comes to the Flats after five seasons at the University of Memphis, where he was head coach Melissa McFerrin’s first hire. During his time with the Tigers, the program recorded three consecutive 20-win seasons and advanced to post season play in each of the last four seasons.
“Michael Wholey is an experienced recruiter in the Southeast,” Joseph said. “He has great basketball knowledge and skill. I am excited to have someone with his work ethic and desire to excel join our program. It has been a refreshing experience to be surrounded with so much energy and desire to be the best. I look forward to working with Michael to grow Georgia Tech into a national power.”
Wholey’s duties at Memphis included serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator as well as working on the development of the perimeter players. Wholey helped develop Brittany Carter, who earned three-straight All-Conference-USA selections and is currently playing professionally in Israel, Ramses Lonlack, the 2012 Conference-USA Player of the Year and a member of the Nigerian national team, as well as Ariel Hearn, a member of the 2013 Conference-USA All-Freshman Team.
During his time with the Tigers, he also played a significant role in landing three-straight top-50 nationally ranked recruiting classes, including the 2012 class that was ranked No. 38 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. In the last five years, two of those players led C-USA in scoring and have received numerous accolades including 2013 CollegeMadness.Com C-USA Player of the Year, 2012 C-USA Player of the Year, 2012 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year, 2010 Newcomer of the Year, three C-USA All-Defensive Team selections, three C-USA first team selections, two C-USA second team selections, two C-USA third team selections, and two C-USA freshman team selections.
Prior to arriving at Memphis, Wholey was an assistant at American University in Washington, D.C., during the 2007-08 season. The Eagles won a school-record 12 straight games and captured the program’s first Patriot League title.
Having worked at all levels, Wholey was also the video & travel coordinator for the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars, an assistant coach for Odessa Junior College, and served as an assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Pembroke HS.
Wholey earned his bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts from Emerson College (Boston, Mass.) in 2004 where he was a member of the men’s basketball team. He is originally from Marshfield, Mass., and is the son of Paul and Nancy Wholey and has two siblings, Bryan and Katie.