(Updated June 2021)
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 fifth 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 been instrumental in the development of three of the top players in school history – All-Americans John Pak, Frida Kinhult and Beatrice Wallin. All three were named as the ACC Golfer of the Year – Kinhult in 2019 and Pak and Wallin in 2021. All three earned All-American honors while Pak won the Fred Haskins Award as the collegiate Golfer of the Year in 2021.
Whall has helped coach the Seminole men’s and women’s teams into their respective NCAA Tournaments during each of his four seasons. During his fourth season in Tallahassee, he helped both the Seminole men and women earn their school-record 15th consecutive NCAA Regional Championship berths. Whall helped guide both teams to their first ever regional championships – the women at Louisville and the men in Tallahassee – in 2021.
Whall helped both the Seminole men’s and women’s teams to new heights in 2021. The men won the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, finished sixth in the NCAA Championship Finals and advanced to match play for only the second time in school history. The women finished as the ACC runner-up, won the NCAA Louisville Regional Championship and finished in program record ninth place in the NCAA Championship finals.
In 2021, Florida State’s men won five team titles (Camp Creek Seminole Invitational, Seminole Intercollegiate, Valspar Collegiate and the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championship) while the Seminole women won three team titles (the Florida State Match Up, the Pinetree Women’s Collegiate and the NCAA Louisville Regional Championship).
Whall began his collegiate coaching career at Texas Tech where he helped the Lady Raiders to two appearances in the NCAA Championships Finals 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 country, the 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 tie for 12th at the NCAA Championship Finals, in second place at the NCAA Auburn Regional and in second place at 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. Individually, Florida State was well represented nationally as Frida Kinhult earned First-Team All-American 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 Wallin earned All-American and All-ACC honors. Every member of the team (nine golfers) was named to the All-ACC Academic Team while junior Amanda Doherty was named to the WGCA Scholar Athlete Team, the All-ACC Academic Golf team and the All-ACC Academic Honor Roll.
SUCCESSFUL THIRD SEASON AT FLORIDA STATE
Whall helped Florida State earn success in the both the men’s and women’s programs despite the Covid-19 shortened season in 2020. The men won the team title at the Mobile Sports Authority Invitational while the women finished second in the Florida State Match Up and earned three top five finishes. John Pak earned Second-Team All-American honors for the men while Amanda Doherty and Beatrice Wallin earned All-American honors for the women.
HISTORIC FOURTH SEASON AT FLORIDA STATE
Whall helped lead the Seminole men’s and women’s programs to one of the greatest years in the history of the two programs in 2021. The Seminoles won seven team championships (four by the men and three by the women), won the first two regional championships in school history (by both the men and the women) and finished in the top 10 of the NCAA Championship Finals (sixth by the men and ninth by the women). Individually, the Seminoles became just the fourth program in school history to earn the ACC Golfer of the Year (John Pak and Beatrice Wallin) for both the men and the women in the same season. Both Pak and Wallin earned First-Team All-American honors – only the second time in school history both teams had a First-Team All-American in the same season.
INSTRUMENTAL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALL-AMERICAN JOHN PAK
Whall helped with the development of John Pak throughout his career as arguably the greatest men’s golfer in school history. He was a four-time All-American and won the Fred Haskins Award as the nation’s top golfer in 2021. Pak set the school record for career stroke average (69.87), owns all three of Florida State’s top best single season averages and tied the school record with eight individual championships.
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 the top 12 in each of the last three NCAA Championship Tournaments – ninth place in 2021 (the best NCAA finish in school history) and 12th place at the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Championship Finals while the Texas Tech women finished in fifth place in the 2015 NCAA Championships (the best finish in school history). In 2021, the Seminole men finished in sixth place and advanced to match play in the NCAA Championship Finals.
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 Seminole men and women both won their respective regional championships (the men in Tallahassee and the women in Louisville) in 2021. The Seminole women 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. The Seminole men finished in sixth place in the 2018 Norman Regional, sixth place in the 2019 Myrtle Beach Regional, and in first place in the 2021 NCAA Tallahassee Regional.
WHALL COACHES ALL-AMERICANS
Whall coached five All-Americans during his first season at Florida State – John Pak from the men’s team (2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021) along with Morgane Metraux and Amanda Doherty (2018), Frida Kinhult and Beatrice Wallin (2019, 2020, 2021) 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. Walin was named as a First-Team All-American and as the ACC Golfer of the Year in 2021.
Whall has helped the Seminole women to five team championships (Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the Evans Derby Experience in 2019, and the Florida State Match Up, Pinetree Collegiate and the NCAA Louisville Regional in 2021). He has helped lead the Seminoles to seven team championships (Sea Best Invitational, Mobile Sports Authority Invitational in 2019; the Mobile Sports Authority Invitational in 2020 and the Camp Creek Seminole Invitational, Seminole Intercollegiate, Valspar Intercollegiate and the NCAA Tallahassee Regional). Whall coached Texas Tech to two team championships in his three years in Lubbock.
Whall and his wife, Jenny, have a son, Noah (four), and a daughter, Ava Paige (two).