(Updated August of 2018)
Matt Whall, who helped coach the Seminole men’s and women’s teams into their respective NCAA Tournaments during the 2017-18 season, is in his second season as an assistant coach at Florida State. During his first season in Tallahassee, he helped both the Seminole men and women earn their school-record 13th consecutive NCAA Regional Championship births.
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 – Morgan 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 and coached All-American and ACC Freshman of the Year John Pak.
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, who 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 is 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 coach for England, David Ridley.
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.
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 a tied for 12th place at the 2018 NCAA Championship Finals (the second best finish 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 three 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 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 three All-Americans during his first season at Florida State – John Pak from the men’s team and Morgane Metraux and Amanda Doherty of the women’s team. All three 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.
Whall helped Florida State to five top-five team finishes in his first season at Florida State. Included in those top team finishes were school-record tying second place finishes at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championships and the ACC Championships. The Seminoles finished in a tie for 12th at the NCAA Championship Finals – the second best national finish in school history. 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 (one).