Furman University

Furman University Athletics
3300 Poinsett Highway Greenville, SC 29613
Division 1 South Carolina Southeast
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Rachel Whitten

Rachel Whitten is entering her sixth season at the helm of the Furman women’s lacrosse program in the 2018-19 school year. In four years of Division I play (2014-18), Whitten has amassed a 43-34 record and guided Furman to four conference semifinal appearances and a SoCon Championship game appearance in 2018, as the first head coach in program history.


Last season, Furman finished the year at 8-11 in the first season of Southern Conference women's lacrosse. The Paladins then made a run to the SoCon title game, downing Central Michigan in the semifinals.


In 2015, the inaugural year of Furman women’s lacrosse, Whitten led her team to a 10-7 overall record and 4-3 Atlantic Sun record and appearance in the A-Sun tournament.


On May 30, 2012, Furman University director of athletics Dr. Gary Clark announced that Rachel Shuck Whitten, associate head coach at the University of Denver, has been named Furman's first women's lacrosse coach.


Whitten, a native of Annapolis, Md., spent six seasons at the University of Denver, serving as an assistant coach from 2007-11 before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2012 season.


During her tenure at Denver, the Pioneers amassed a 71-36 (.664) record, won three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular season championships, and ranked among the nation's top 20 teams three times.


In 2012 Denver posted a 12-3 record and 6-1 mark against MPSF opponents, leading the nation with 12.6 caused turnovers per game and ranking tenth nationally in scoring offense (13.93 goals per game), while posting the nation's 11th-best scoring margin at 4.2. The team's 12-game winning streak was the longest in Denver women's lacrosse history.


The Pioneers concluded the 2010 season with a 13-5 record and went a perfect 6-0 in league play. Denver advanced to the finals of the MPSF Tournament but was edged by Stanford, 11-10, in double overtime, to finish the season ranked 20th nationally. Pioneers Ali Flury, Natasha Davies, and Lexi Sanders were named to the IWLCA All-West Region second team, while Flury earned All-American accolades.


The 2008 squad also went undefeated in MPSF play, earning a final ranking of 15th nationally. In Whitten's first two seasons at Denver, the Pioneers posted a combined 29-9 record, including a perfect 10-0 slate in regular season league play.


A two-time All-American at Loyola University in Baltimore, Md., Whitten helped the Greyhounds advance to three straight NCAA tournaments from 2002-04, including an appearance in the 2003 Final Four. Loyola ranked among the nation's top five teams her first three seasons, finishing the 2003 campaign as the top-ranked team in the country. Whitten, who remains the school's all-time career leader with 120 assists, was nominated as a junior and senior for the Tewaaraton Award, which is presented annually to the NCAA women's lacrosse player of the year.


A 2004 graduate of Loyola with a bachelor's degree in business administration, she is married to Marty Whitten of Verailles, Mo., and the couple has two children, Aleni Lou and James Cole.

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Erin Fitzgerald

Erin Fitzgerald is in her second season as an assistant coach on the Furman women's lacrosse staff in 2018-19.


"I am extremely excited to be joining the Furman women's lacrosse coaching staff," Fitzgerald said. "I look forward to sharing my knowledge, experience, and passion for lacrosse with the team throughout the upcoming season."


"Erin is going to be a phenomenal addition to our staff," said Whitten. "Her experience at Northwestern and knowledge of the game is going to help propel Furman lacrosse as we strive to take the next step in Division I lacrosse. With a lot of new changes at Furman including entering a new conference, Erin seemed like a great fit for what our program needs!"


Fitzgerald, a native of Mt. Sinai, N.Y., has held multiple marketing positions since graduating from Northwestern University in 2013, most recently at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. She has also served as the head coach for several different club teams since 2007, including founding Breakers Lacrosse Club in Long Island, N.Y. in January of 2015.


During her time at Northwestern, Fitzgerald helped the Wildcats advance to four NCAA DI Final Fours and win two National Championships. She was twice named an IWLCA All-American and was nominated for the Tewaarton Award in 2013.


Fitzgerald graduated from Northwestern with a bachelor's degree in communications as an Academic All-Big Ten student-athlete.


She married Jeremy Ebert in March of 2018.

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Sara Kuhlman

Sara Kuhlman joined the women's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in the fall of 2017 and is in her second season as a Paladin assistant in the 2018-19 year.


"We are extremely excited to welcome Sara to the program," said Whitten. "As a player and coach, she has been a part of new and extremely successful programs. Her drive and passion for the game was very apparent during the search process. The team has already taken to her excitement and energy for Furman lacrosse. We are looking forward to a great year with Sara in a new conference!"


Kuhlman joined Furman's staff after two seasons at Mercer, where she helped the Bears compile a 20-17 record and 11-7 mark in ASUN play in 2016 and 2017. Working primarily with the offense, Kuhlman coached attacker Erica Coyne to 74 goals over two seasons and midfielder Lindsey Zeltwanger to 80 goals.


Prior to her time at Mercer, Kuhlman spent a year at the University of Findlay. In 2015, Kuhlman helped guide the Oilers to an 8-10 season, which included a 5-2 record in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play and a trip to the GLIAC Tournament semifinals. She also coached the GLIAC Midfielder and Attacker of the Year and the pair was named to the IWLCA second team all-North Region with Sarah Lankton also honored as an IWLCA third team All-American.


Kuhlman was a four-year starter and four-time All-Conference selection as a member of the inaugural class for High Point women's lacrosse. Kuhlman finished her career at High Point with 114 goals, 43 assists, 134 draw controls, 112 ground balls and 63 caused turnovers and, at the time of her graduation, owned the career draw controls record, ranked second in career ground balls, was third in career points, goals, caused turnovers and shots, and ranked fourth in career assists.


Kuhlman lead the Panthers to three conference championships, as well as NCAA Tournament bids in 2013 and 2014.


Kuhlman also garnered coaching experience as the co-head coach of Velocity Elite Lacrosse in Ohio for three years.


The Cincinnati, Ohio, native earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Coaching from High Point in 2014.

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