Title IX Coordinator
Kay Whitley's Sul Ross connections link back to 1968, when she enrolled as a freshman. Since then, the Brownfield native has been prominent in Lobo athletics, as a player, a coach, and since 1997, director of athletics. Whitley was a member of the first intercollegiate volleyball team at Sul Ross, and played on the 1971 national championship team coached by Paul Pierce. She also competed on the 1972 team, which won the the Texas state intercollegiate championship, and placed fifth in the National Association of Girls and Women's Sports tournament.
After graduating in 1972 with a bachelor of science degree in biology, Whitley completed her master of science degree in 1975. She enerolled in the doctoral program at New Mexico State University and was a graduate assistant coach in women's tennis and volleyball. In 1976, Whitley returned to Sul Ross to coach women's basketball and volleyball and later coached men's and women's tennis. During her 18-season tenure as volleyball coach (1976-1996) her Lady Lobo teams won nine Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles, the last in 1991. In 1979 and 1980, Sul Ross finished eighth and fourth respecively, in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national tournamnent, and had a total of eight playoff appearances.
Whitley has also coached the Lobo tennis teams to seven women's conference titles and one men's championship. Two of her players competed in the NAIA individual championships.
An assistant professor physical education, Whitley received a master of education degree in 1986. She continues to coach men's and women's tennis.