Multiple sources have told Lacrosse Bucket that former Fairfield associate head coach Andrew Whitley is set to take over at the next head coach at Bellarmine. College Crosse’s Chris Jastrzembski first reported the news late Sunday night.
This move comes after Jim Mitchell stepped down from his post last month. Mitchell only spent one season as the head coach at Bellarmine.
Whitley comes to Bellarmine following a 10-year stint at Fairfield where he was the associate head coach and worked with goalies and the faceoff unit. Whitley was promoted from a volunteer assistant to a full-time assistant with the Stags back in 2013.
During his time at Fairfield Whitley helped lead Fairfield to six straight conference tournament appearances, including the programs first ever trip to the CAA championship game in 2016.
Prior to his stint at Fairfield, Whitley spent time as an assistant at Yale, Hopkins School (Conn.), and Wesleyan. In college he played at Alfred State before transferring and finishing up at Franklin & Marshall.
Whitley arrives in Louisville with a lot on his plate, both on and off of the field. The Knights went 3-10 last season and have not made the SoCon tournament since 2016, their first and only conference tournament trip. In addition Riley Seay, the 2019 SoCon Freshman of The Year, entered the NCAA Transfer Portal a few weeks ago.
Multiple sources have also indicated that Bellarmine may not have any new scholarships for at least two years due to previous coaching staffs mismanaging the scholarship distribution.
Bellarmine will retain assistant coaches Steve Soriano and Kyle Bernlohr. Lacrosse Bucket was told that both asked to stay on staff very early in the coaching search.