Former KU Standout Named to Football Coaching Staff

May 10, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Former Kansas quarterback Bill Whittemore has been hired as the Offensive Graduate Assistant at his alma mater, Head Coach Mark Mangino announced Wednesday. Whittemore, who played two seasons at KU, was an All-Big 12 selection in 2003 and the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2002.

“We are glad to have Bill back in our program,” Mangino said. “This is where he wants to be to develop his coaching skills. He’s a perfect fit.”

“I am very excited about returning to Lawrence,” Whittemore said. “It’s great to have the opportunity to come back to KU and I am looking forward to working under Coach Mangino and Coach Quartaro.”

A former team captain for the Jayhawks, Whittemore set the KU single-season touchdown record by tossing a school-record 18 TD strikes in 2003. He finished his senior season ranked second in the Big 12 and ninth in the nation with a pass efficiency rating of 154.65.

Whittmore’s name is entrenched throughout the KU record books where he finished his career ranked third in touchdown passes (29), sixth in passing yards (4,051), sixth in pass completions (568), second in touchdown runs by a quarterback (21) and fourth in total offensive yards (5,134). He also holds the school-record with 13 career 200-yard passing games.

In 2005, Whittemore played in the AFL with the Nashville Kats and also served as an assistant coach at Brentwood (TN) High School, where he was named Mr. Football in the state of Tennessee during his prep career.

This past spring, Whittemore served as a Defensive Graduate Assistant at Louisiana Monroe.