Rider’s Whartenby Stepping Down
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ-- Bob Whartenby, the Rider University head golf coach since 2006, has decided to step down from his duties, it was announced today.
“It was a hard decision to make but I had to think of my other job commitments and what was best for me and my family,” said Whartenby, who led the Broncs to a runner-up finish in the 2008 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships and a third place finish in 2010.
Whartenby served as Rider’s assistant golf coach for two years before taking over the head coaching position.
As an undergraduate, Whartenby ‘04 was a three-time All-MAAC golfer for the Broncs, and is thought of by many as one of the top golfers in the modern era of the sport at Rider.
“It is hard to believe I’ve been here since 2000,” Whartenby said.
A three-time team captain, Whartenby was the recipient of the Ed Eget Scholarship for outstanding achievement in both academics and athletics, and served as vice president for Rider’s Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).
As a senior at Rider, Whartenby led Rider to a best-ever ranking of 10th in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the fall of 2003, and in the spring of 2004 he placed fifth overall among the 45 golfers at the MAAC Championships. Whartenby also led Rider to fourth place finishes at the MAAC Championship, during his sophomore and junior seasons.
The 2013 Rider season recently ended at the MAAC Championships in Florida. “I have so many great memories as a player and coach,” Whartenby said. “It's funny that both my playing career and coaching career ended on the same hole at the Palm Course.”
As a first-year head coach Whartenby led the Broncs to the Bucknell Invitation title and came back two weeks later to lead Rider to victory at the Cornell Invitational.
“My best memories have to be from getting to know my players,” Whartenby said. “They are great guys who I stay in close contact with on a daily basis. I don't regret one minute of my Rider Golf career. It was a blast and something I will never forget.”
Rider will begin a search to replace Whartenby immediately.