Whalen ’83 Named Head Coach of Wesleyan Football

Mike Whalen ’83 has been named assistant athletic director and head coach of Wesleyan University’s football team. He assumed this post on April 1.


Whalen, the 2006 NESCAC Coach of the year, comes to Wesleyan from Williams College, where he had been the head coach since 2004. During that time, Whalen’s teams posted a 38–10 record.


“It is an honor and a true pleasure to welcome Coach Whalen back to Wesleyan,” says John Biddiscombe, director of athletics and chair, physical education. “He left as a standout college player and returns as one of the finest college football coaches in the nation.”


President Roth says: “We are excited about the levels of excellence that he expects on and off the field from the scholar–athletes he coaches and recruits. We are confident that he can ensure the success we expect both in the classroom and in athletic competition here at Wesleyan, and his success and experience will be an asset to the overall athletic program.”


In his first two seasons as football coach at Williams, Whalen guided the Ephs to consecutive 6–2 seasons, highlighted by winning the final six games of the 2005 season and defeating arch rival Amherst to win the Little Three title. In 2006, Whalen extended the Eph win streak to 14 as he compiled just the sixth perfect season in Williams football history, leading the team to an 8–0 record.


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