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Assistant Athletics Director - Track & Field Operations
Diane Wholey is in her 17th year as a member of the Texas Tech athletics staff. Wholey served as the coach for men's and women's high jump, javelin, decathlon and heptathlon and moved to the position of Assistant Athletic Director in the fall of 2008. Wholey enters her eighth season as the program's assistant athletic director in which see oversees several aspects of the program including event management, purchasing, budget issues, logistics and more.
Wholey was not only part of the Texas Tech men's 2014 Big 12 Outdoor Championship in 2014, she also was the head women's coach for Team USA at the NACAC U-23 Championships, in Kamloops, B.C., where Tech's Cierra White won three gold medals. Wholey was the head women's manager for track & field at the 2012 Olympic Games, in London. She was head women's manager for both the 2011 IAAF World Outdoor Championships, in Daegu, South Korea, and the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, in Doha, Qatar. Wholey also served as the event manager for the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships, in Berlin, Germany.
The 2008 season saw Wholey guide Julianne Kennedy to her second-straight Big 12 Indoor Championship in the pentathlon and her first All-American honor. During the outdoor season she coached her second-straight Big 12 Champion in the javelin as Mike Cast won and advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. During the 2007 season, guided Julianne Kennedy to the Big 12 Indoor Champion in the pentathlon and a 14th place finish at the NCAA Championships. During the outdoor season, Kennedy, set a school record with 4,025 points, placing third in the heptathlon at the Big 12 Championships. Wholey also coached Jamie Robinson, who was the Big 12 Champion in the javelin. Lacey Wilson gave Wholey her second All-American as she cleared 5'10.75" in the high jump. The 2006 season Wholey saw Misty Coley earn All-American honors in the high jump by clearing 5'10". In the winter of 2005, Lacy Wilson was crowned Big 12 Champion in the high jump, under the tutelage of Wholey. During the outdoor season, Wilson earned a bronze finish at the conference meet, was the Midwest regional champion and also qualified for the 2005 Outdoor National Championships. Wholey guided Chad Pharis to a 2003 Big 12 Championship in the high jump with a mark of 7'-2.5. Pharis continued to regionals to earn all-region status with a second-place finish, jumping a height of 7'-1", qualifying him for Nationals.
She previously served two years as an assistant coach at the University of Texas, where she handled coaching duties for field events and heptathletes and was also the Longhorns' recruiting coordinator. During her two years at Texas, Wholey was able to enjoy success at the highest level, as she helped coach the Longhorns to the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships in 1998 and 1999. She also helped the Texas program garner the 1998 and 1999 indoor and outdoor Big 12 titles. Wholey began her track and field career as a freshman at the University of Houston in 1979, where she worked as a manager for the track and cross country teams. Wholey transferred to Texas A&M for her sophomore year and managed the Aggies' track teams for the next four years. After graduating with a B.S. in physical education, Wholey began her highly successful prep coaching career, which led to her appointment as a graduate assistant coach for the track and field and cross country programs at the University of Tennessee. During her two years at Tennessee, she helped lead the Volunteers to three top 10 national finishes in both indoor and outdoor track, as well as a pair of top 15 national finishes in cross country and an SEC cross country championship in 1990.
Wholey earned her master's degree in physical education from Tennessee and then accepted a full-time position as assistant track and field coach at the University of Mississippi. Wholey coached both the men's and women's programs during her six years at Ole Miss. Her duties included coordinating men's and women's recruiting as well as coaching heptathletes, decathletes, hurdlers, throwers and high jumpers.
Wholey plays an important role in track and field on the national level. She served as the president for the U.S. Women's Track & Field Coaches Association for four terms. She served as an assistant coach for the United States at the 1997 Pan American Junior Championships in Havana, Cuba. Twice, Wholey has coached at U.S. Olympic Festivals, serving as assistant coach in 1994, followed by a head coaching stint for the women's South team in 1995. In 2001, she served as the head coach for the combined events at the USA vs. Canada track meet. She served as the head manager for the NACAC 25 and under Championships held in San Antonio, Texas, in the summer of 2002. Wholey also served as women's head coach of the 2004 World Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Budapest, Hungary. In August of 2004, Wholey served as the head coach at the USA vs. Germany vs. France Team Challenge held in Munich, Germany. Wholey also had an instrumental role in the IAAF Chief Coaches Course in Loughborough, England where she participated in and evaluated the course given to prospective head coaches and managers on the IAAF level. Wholey was an assistant coach for the 2005 World Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Helsinki, Finland. Her coaching duties included women's throws. She is certified as a USA Track and Field Level II coach in sprints, hurdles, relays, throws, jumps and combined events. Wholey served as the women's head manager for the 2007 World Outdoor Championships to be held in Osaka, Japan.
In 2007 the USTAF Annual Meeting was held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wholey was honored by President Bill Roe as a 2007 President Award. She was honored for her achievment and dedication that is an inspiration to the memebers of the USTAF.