Kim Whitaker is in her sixth year of coaching at UMES, coming to Princess Anne after three years as an assistant at Oklahoma State University. Whitaker's athletes have made a significant impact nationally as a triple jumper and long jumper both qualified for the NCAA Championships under her guidance.
Her responsibilities include coaching the jumps, throws, and multi-events. Whitaker is also a lecturer at UMES.
Whitaker coached Kimani Kirton during the 2007 Outdoor track season when he garnered first team All-American Honors in the shot put. With Whitaker's coaching, Kirton became the first HBCU athlete to receive All-American status in a throwing event.
At Oklahoma State, Whitaker and her athletes had several accolades. One of her hammer throwers finished in sixth at the 2003 NCAA Midwest Regional, while one of her discus throwers set a new school record, breaking a 20-year-old record at OSU. Both went on to collect NCAA All-American honors. Her athletes also set school records for women's triple jump. Whitaker coached the 5,000-meter indoor national champion and the outdoor 5,000-meter NCAA runner-up in 2002, and assisted in coaching the 2001 cross country team to the regional championships.
Prior to Oklahoma State, Whitaker spent 10 years coaching on the high school level in Boulder, Colo. During that span she coached both the boys and girls triple jump champion for two consecutive years and coached several world class professional athletes after she graduated from college.
Whitaker, also known as "Coach Kim," earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1979. She received her master's of science degree from Oklahoma State in 2003. Kim is married to Clint Whitaker, also on the track & field coaching staff at UMES. They have five children: Zac, Sam, Ashley, Brooke and Abby, one granddaughter: Tatumn and two grandsons: Jackson and Scott.