(Updated January of 2019)
Matt Whall was named an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s golf programs at Florida State on April 1, 2018. He is in his third season with the Seminoles. Whall’s tenure in Tallahassee has coincided with a period of tremendous success for both teams including, consistent national rankings, NCAA Tournament appearances, and All-American and All-ACC selections for both teams.
Whall has helped coach the Seminole men’s and women’s teams into their respective NCAA Tournaments during 2018 and 2019 seasons. During his second season in Tallahassee, he helped both the Seminole men and women earn their school-record 14th consecutive NCAA Regional Championship berths.
During his first season at Florida State, Whall helped the Seminole women to five top-five team finishes – including second place finishes in the ACC and NCAA Regional Championships and helped coach two All-Americans – Morgane Metraux and Amanda Doherty. He helped the Seminole men to two team championships (the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate and the Seminole Intercollegiate) and to a sixth place finish in the NCAA Oklahoma Regional Championship. He has also helped coach two-time All-American, 2019 ACC Player of the Year runner-up and 2018 ACC Freshman of the Year John Pak.
During his second season at Florida State, Whall helped the Seminole women to a pair of team championships, a runner-up finishes in the ACC Championships and the NCAA Auburn Regional Championships and helped coach two All-Americans – Frida Kinhult and Beatrice Wallin. He helped the men to two tournament championships, a second place finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate and into the NCAA Regional Tournament for the school-record 14th consecutive season.
Whall began his collegiate coaching career at Texas Tech where he helped the Lady Raiders to two appearances in the NCAA Championships in his three seasons in Lubbock. During his tenure at Texas Tech, the Lady Raiders advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships three times and made two trips to the National Championship Finals (2015 and 2017). The Lady Raiders advanced to the match play portion of the 2015 NCAA Finals for the first time in school history.
Whall helped Texas Tech to a program-best fifth-place finish in the 2015 NCAA Championships. The Lady Raiders were making just their second all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships. During the 2015-16 season, Whall helped lead the Lady Raiders to another NCAA Regional appearance. In addition, he helped Gabby Barker earn the single-season school record with a 72.30 strokes average. She was named the 2016 Big 12 Player of the Year and earned All-America Honorable Mention honors.
Whall worked with Lady Raider standout Sofia Garcia in 2017 as she put together one of the best freshmen seasons in Texas Tech history. She closed her first collegiate season with a 73.60 scoring average – the sixth-lowest in program history and the lowest ever for a Texas Tech freshman.
Whall began his coaching career on the amateur circuit in his native United Kingdom where he was part of the England Golf coaching staff for the Under-16 Regional Girls squad.
In addition to his coaching accomplishments, Whall was previously certified as a PGA Advanced Professional and holds numerous qualifications in golf psychology, putting, short game coaching and club hitting.
He graduated from the University of Loughborough in the United Kingdom and spent time learning much of the coaching and teaching aspects of the game from mentor and former Palmer Cup, and England Golf Coach David Ridley.
AN OUTSTANDING FIRST SEASON WITH THE SEMINOLE WOMEN
Whall helped the Seminole women to their 13th consecutive NCAA Regional Championship appearance and to the second best finish in school history (tied for 12th) in the NCAA Championship Finals in his first season at Florida State. The Seminoles finished second in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional (tied for the best regional finish in school history), finished second in the ACC Championship (tied for the best ACC Championship finish in school history) and earned seven top‐5 team finishes in 11 events.
SECOND SEASON WITH THE SEMINOLE WOMEN WAS SPECIAL
Florida State finished the 2018-19 season with two victories (at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the Evans Derby Invitational) while finishing in a tied for 12th at the NCAA Championship Finals, in second place at the NCAA Auburn Regional and in second place in the ACC Championship for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles were ranked No. 9 by Golfstat and No. 10 by Golfweek and spent the majority of the year ranked in the nation’s top-10. Individual, Florida State was well represented nationally as Frida Kinhult earned First-Team All-America honors as named by both the WGCA and Golfweek, was named the National Freshman of the Year, the ACC Player of the Year (CO) and the ACC Freshman of the Year while earning the Golfstat Cup for the nation’s lowest stroke average. Kinhult and fellow-freshman Beatrice earned All-American and All-ACC honors. Every member of the team (nine golfers) were named to the All-ACC Academic Team while junior Amanda Doherty was named to the WGCA Scholar Athlete team, the, the All-ACC Academic Golf team and the All-ACC Academic Honor Roll.
INSTRUMENTAL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SEMINOLE MEN
Whall was instrumental in John Pak’s second All-America season in 2018-19, arguably the great single year in by a Florida State Men’s golfer. Pak shredded the FSU record books with a 69.56 scoring average while adding first-team All-America honors from the GCAA and Golfweek. The 2018-19 season also included two tournaments wins for the men’s team, winning the competitive Sea Best Invitational and the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE
Whall is an experienced coach whose work has helped produce top NCAA Championship Finals finishes at both Florida State and Texas Tech. The Seminole women finished in 12th place at the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Championship Finals (the second best finishes in school history) while the Texas Tech women finished in fifth place in the 2015 NCAA Championships (the best finish in school history).
NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SUCCESS
In his first four seasons as a coach on the collegiate level, he has helped lead each of his teams to incredible NCAA Regional Championship success. The Seminoles finished in second place in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional in 2018 and in the NCAA Auburn Regional in 2019 while Texas Tech finished fifth in the NCAA San Antonio Regional in 2015 and fifth in the NCAA Lubbock Regional in 2017.
WHALL COACHES ALL-AMERICANS
Whall coached five All-Americans during his first season at Florida State – John Pak from the men’s team (2018 and 2019) along with Morgane Metraux and Amanda Doherty (2018) and Frida Kinhult and Beatrice Wallin (2019) of the women’s team. All five players also earned All-ACC honors while Pak was named the Freshman of the Year in the ACC and was one of five players named to the Phil Mickelson All-Freshman team. Kinhult was named the National Freshman of the Year, the ACC Player of the Year (Co) and the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2019.
Whall helped the Seminole women to two team titles in 2019 (at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the Evans Derby Experience) and to eight top five finishes in 2019. The Seminoles have finished in the top five of 13 events in his first two seasons at Florida State. The Seminoles have finished 12th place in the NCAA Championship Finals – the second best national finishes in school history – in both of his first two years at Florida State. Whall coached Texas Tech to two team championships and 32 top-10 team finishes in his three years in Lubbock.
Whall and his wife, Jenny, have a son, Noah (two).