After serving in the Army National Guard for 23 years and spending 10 years as the CEO of Buckeye Elite, Steve Whittaker will enter his first season as the head coach of the Shawnee State softball program in the 2016 campaign.
Whittaker, who becomes the fifth head coach in program history, makes the transition to collegiate athletics after overseeing a wildly successful Buckeye Elite program that won 350 games to just 85 losses - an average of 35 wins to eight losses a season - over his tenure in coaching the Buckeye Elite '97 and Buckeye Elite '03 programs. Additionally, the area native also founded and served as the CEO of Buckeye Elite, which was started back in 2005.
Before his work with the Buckeye Elite program, Whittaker served in the Army National Guard. His time there included service in the War on Iraq, which lasted from 2004 to 2005.
Whittaker is a 1985 graduate of Portsmouth West High School in West Portsmouth, Ohio. He was a three-sport athlete with the Senators, playing baseball and golf for four years and lettering in track and field for two years. During his baseball career at West, Whittaker was the team's starting centerfielder and also served as the leadoff hitter for the Senators.
Whittaker presently resides in McDermott, Ohio with his wife, Teri, and daughters, McKenzie and Madison.