Rob Whitten begins his tenth season in 2017-18 as assistant coach with the University of Rhode Island men's cross country and track & field teams.
In this role, Whitten currently works with URI's jumpers and multi-event athletes, and also serves as the program's recruiting coordinator. He has his USA Track & Field level II certification in jumps and combined events and USTFCCCA strength and conditioning certification.
Since arriving in Kingston, Whitten has helped develop 30 A-10 Champions and 22 runners-up, 58 All-New England finishes, nine New England Champions and 21 All-East/All-IC4A selections. Seven Rhode Island athletes have qualified for the NCAA Championships, including three in 2015. There have been 25 all-time indoor top 10 performances and 22 all-time outdoor top 10 performances in his time with the program.
The multi-events have been a particular strength for the Rams in Whitten's time, accounting for 11 A-10 champions, three New England champions and two IC4A champions. Rhody athletes have set and reset the A-10 record in multi-events five times (three times in the heptathlon, twice in the decathlon) and set the New England heptathlon record. The school record in both the heptathlon and decathlon has been broken four times each under Whitten's watch.
Nine of the top 10 marks in URI history in the heptathlon have been set since Whitten's arrival. In the decathlon, seven of the school's top 10 marks have been established in the same time frame.
As a team, Rhode Island has won five A-10 Indoor titles (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), three A-10 Outdoor titles (2011, 2013, 2014), four New England Outdoor titles (2009, 2010, 2012, 2015) and one New England Indoor title (2016) since Whitten joined the staff.
Prior to coming to Kingston, Whitten served as an assistant track & field coach at the University of Hartford for two years.
In 2008, Whitten coached Hartford's first two America East individual champions and first-ever NCAA regional qualifier. During his two-year tenure, 48 men's and women's indoor and outdoors school records were broken.
Before his time at Hartford, he spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at New Hampshire, assisting with the jumps and multi-event athletes. He was part of the 2006 America East Outdoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year.
In 2006, he received his master's degree in kinesiology from New Hampshire, where he graduated from in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. While with the Wildcats, he was a five-time all-conference and two-time All-New England performer in the pole vault and multi-events.
He was a high school New England champion in the pole vault and is the former state of Maine indoor and outdoor pole vault record holder.