Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Keila Whittington
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Dillard University '89
Experience: 2 Years

Whittington returns to the bench for Marist after serving as the assistant coach for the Red Foxes from 2007-2009. In her previous time at Marist she helped guide the Red Foxes to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, a 61-7 record over two seasons, two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season and tournament championships, and an undefeated MAAC regular season mark of 18-0 in 2008.

Marist’s 32-3 mark with the help of Whittington in 2008 still remains the most wins in a season for the Red Foxes in program history as Marist finished the season ranked No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.

Whittington’s most recent bout of coaching was for the University of Memphis’ women’s basketball team where she spent a season as the associate head coach in 2012-13. Prior to her time at Memphis she was also an assistant coach at the University of Oregon, where she coached the post players and served as the Ducks' recruiting coordinator, helping Oregon land nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including a top-50 ranked class by ESPN Hoopgurlz in 2011.

Prior to her arrival at Penn State, Whittington spent the 2000-01 season as South Alabama's recruiting coordinator. That year, the team earned its first Sun Belt Conference Tournament victory in program history and had its highest victory total in 10 years. From 1995-2000, Whittington was an assistant at Indiana, also serving as recruiting coordinator. While with the Hoosiers, she served as assistant coach on the Big Ten All-Star Tour in 1997, traveling to Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Whittington was also an assistant at Rhode Island from 1993-95, and was promoted to top assistant and recruiting coordinator in 1995. She began her collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Delaware, where she coached from 1991-93. Whittington's first experience on the bench came as assistant varsity girls' coach and head junior varsity girls' coach at McDonogh #35 High School in New Orleans.

A native of Louisiana, Whittington has a wealth of community involvement. She organized a supply relief drive consisting of non-perishable food items, water and toys which was sent to St. Bernard Parish is Chalmette, La., just outside of New Orleans, to benefit those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

Whittington is a 1989 graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans. At Dillard University, Whittington earned a degree in Health & Physical Education and then went on to receive her M.A. in Physical Education from Delaware in 1993.