Mike Whalen leaving Williams to return to his alma mater Wesleyan as head football coach and asst. AD

Mike Whalen celebrating a Little Three title
Mike Whalen celebrating a Little Three title

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College head football coach Mike Whalen announced this afternoon that he is resigning his position at Williams at the end of the month to become the head coach of football and assistant athletic director at his alma mater Wesleyan University.

In his six years as head coach of the Ephs Whalen compiled a record of 38-10 (.792) and won the 2006 NESCAC title and four Little Three titles (2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008). All six years Whalen led the Ephs to wins over Wesleyan.

Whalen’s 2006 Ephs posted an 8-0-0 record, only the sixth perfect season at Williams in 123 years of football.  In his each of his other five seasons as the Williams head coach Whalen posted a 6-2 record.

Whalen succeeded College Football Hall of Famer Dick Farley as the Ephs head coach in 2004 after serving as the Ephs offensive line coach for five years and three years as the line coach and offensive coordinator under Farley.

While serving as an assistant football coach for the Ephs Whalen also was the head coach of the Eph wrestling team for eight years.

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.

“On behalf of my wife Karen and my sons Jake and Luke, I want to thank the entire Williams College community for a fantastic fourteen years in Williamstown,” said Whalen.  “I also want to thank Bob Peck who was the Director of Athletics when I was hired and current AD Harry Sheehy for giving me the opportunity to take over the program when Dick Farley retired.  Most of all I want to thank coach Farley who has been a tremendous mentor and close friend throughout my tenure at Williams.  I also want to thank my assistant coaches for all of their hard work and dedication.  I learned a long time ago that you are only as good as the people whom you surround yourself with.  Williams College is very fortunate to have such an outstanding group of football coaches.”

“This was an extremely difficult decision for me and my family and that only reinforces what a special place Williams College is,” commented Whalen. 

“To all of the players I have had the good fortune to work with during my time at Williams, I hope that your experience was as positive as mine,” Whalen continued.  “Both Karen and I look forward to staying in touch with all of those who have been a part of our lives for the past 14 years.  When coach Farley passed the torch to me, I inherited an outstanding football program.  And now six years later I am leaving a program that has tremendous leadership and will contend for a NESCAC Championship next season.”

“This opportunity at Wesleyan will provide me with valuable experience in areas outside of football, which will hopefully benefit my career down the road,” stated Whalen.  “Although coaching remains a tremendous passion for me, I felt it was time to enhance my career in other areas as well.  My position of head football coach and assistant athletic director at Wesleyan will afford me those opportunities.  I am excited for the challenges that lie ahead and ready to head down to Middletown to begin a new chapter in my coaching career.”

Whalen will begin his duties at Wesleyan on April 1st.