- Rebecca Whittle
Rebecca  Whittle

Director of Operations

After serving as an assistant coach since July 2009, Rebecca Whittle enters her first year in the Director of Operations role for the UAB women's soccer program.

During her tenure with UAB, Whittle helped guide the Blazers to a pair of C-USA Tournament appearances, as well as 11-win seasons in 2009 and 2013, the winningest seasons for the Blazers since 2004.

Prior to joining the UAB staff, Whittle arrived with four years of prior college coaching experience and a wealth of playing experience.

Whittle returns to the collegiate women's soccer scene after teaching in the Homewood (Ala.) school system since the fall of 2006. She has worked as a pre-algebra and algebra teacher for both seventh and eighth grade.

Whittle's most-recent coaching stint was at Georgia Southern, where she spent two years (2004-06) with head coach and former UAB women's soccer assistant Ashley Hart. Some of her duties included recruiting, on-field coaching, scouting reports, player management and administrative responsibilities.

Prior to Georgia Southern, Whittle was an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech for two seasons with head coaches Greg Stone (2002) and Patrick Farmer (2003), where she performed many duties, including recruiting, scouting reports, player management and compliance.

In addition, Whittle has worked numerous collegiate camps, including UAB, Samford, Georgia Southern, Tennessee Tech, Duke, Rice and Lee University. She has also been a coach with the Vestavia Hills Soccer Club off-and-on since 2000.

Whittle was a four-year letterwinner at Samford, playing for head coach Barry Spitzer from 1997-2000. The Dallas, Texas native played in 71 games, starting 65 contests at forward for the Bulldogs. She scored 16 goals and recorded 15 assists for a total of 43 points during her career.

Whittle graduated from Samford in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in education and received her Master's degree in education psychology and counselor education from Tennessee Tech in 2004.

The former Rebecca Kent is married to Luke Whittle, who is the Director of Coaching for the Vestavia Hills Soccer Club. Many men's soccer players coached by Luke Whittle in the Vestavia Hills Soccer Club have gone on to play at UAB. They have two sons: Noah, who was born in November 2009, and Declan, who was born in November 2014, and one daughter: Harlow, who was born in April 2016.