Head Football Coach
2004 – 2009
6 years, 38-10 (.792)
Little Three Champions: 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008
NESCAC Champions: 2006
Perfect Season: 2006 (8-0)
Head Wrestling Coach: 1997 – 2004
8 years, 86-96-2
Mike Whalen was named head coach of football at Williams in
February of 2004 after serving as an Eph assistant football coach
for eight years and as the head coach of wrestling. As an
assistant under Dick Farley Whalen was the offensive line coach for
five years and then was the offensive line coach and offensive
coordinator for three years.
In his first two seasons 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 year three Whalen extended the Eph win streak to 14 as he compiled just the sixth perfect season in Williams football history.
The 2007 Ephs dropped their first two games, but re-grouped to
finish with six consecutive wins and capped off the season with a
20-0 win over Amherst to give the Ephs three straight wins over
their arch rivals and a third consecutive Little Three title. In
2008 the Ephs also compiled a 6-2 record and edged Amherst 24-23 on
the road to win a fourth consecutive Little Three title.
Pat Lucey '08 was named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row and he also was named the winner of the Joe Zabilski Award as the top offensive performer in New England Div. II-III play. Williams led NESCAC in virtually every offensve category with Lucey the top passer, junior RB Brian Morrissey the top rusher, senior RB Kevin Flynn the leader in all purpose yardage and junior WR Ryan Powell the top receiver.
Whalen was nominated for the prestigious 2006 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award that is presented to the nation's top coach in all divisions. In 2007 whalen finished first in fan voting in Division III in the national contest.
He was the only coach from New England to finish in the top 25
(all Divisions) in 2006 when he placed 24th. He was named the 2006
NESCAC, received the Johnny Vaught Head Coaching Award from the
All-American Foundation and was named the Master Sports
University/College Coach of the Year.
A 1983 graduate of Wesleyan University, Whalen captained both the football and wrestling teams while earning All-New England and All-American honors three times. In wrestling he was the first New England wrestler to win four consecutive New England Championships.
Whalen's coaching career began at Springfield College where he served as a graduate assistant in both football and wrestling while earning a Master's in Physical Education. Upon completing his degree requirements at Springfield, Whalen joined the staff at Penn and the 1986 Quakers went undefeated and won the Ivy League title. From Penn Whalen moved on to Lafayette where the Leopards won the Colonial League title in 1988 and the Patriot League title in 1989. In 1993 Whalen went to Colgate University where he was the Associate Head Coach and offensive line coach for the Red Raiders.
Whalen has had at least one Eph offensive lineman named All-NESCAC First Team every season. In 2001 Whalen added the duties of offensive coordinator to his o-line responsibilities and twice his Ephs were the most productive offense in NESCAC in yards gained and points scored. He has coached the only player in NESCAC and ECAC-Northeast history to win back-to-back Offensive Player of the Year awards in QB Joe Reardon '04. Whalen inserted Reardon into the starting QB role just four games into Reardon's first season and the move paid huge dividends for the Ephs.
As the head coach of Williams wrestling Whalen had 36 All-New England performers and in 2000 he was named the NECCWA Coach of the Year for leading Williams to a second place finish among the 15 teams in the region. NECCWA named Whalen the Rookie Coach of the Year in 1997 as well. On the strength of a third place finish by Tom Prairie at 125, the Ephs finished 17th at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Prairie's third place finish is the highest for an Eph in NCAA Div. III competition. In 2004 Prairie finished 4th at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors for the second year in a row. Along with coaching All-American Tom Prairie, Whalen has also coached Jeff Ishizuka '04, who was named a Rhodes Scholar in the fall of 2003.
Whalen and his wife Karen and sons Jake and Luke reside in Williamstown.