• Seven NCAA Postseason Appearances - five team, two individual
  • Helped U-M win its first Big Ten Match Play Championship title in 2014

Chris Whitten

Fundamentally, our program is based around player development. We recruit, plan and coach to maximize each individual's potential, and through that, our team's potential. Coaching is a two-way street and we need players heavily involved in shaping their own games as well. We utilize technology, statistics, our beautiful facilities, strength and conditioning, and coaching experience to identify the best plan for each player, physically and mentally. Championship golf is played with sound technique, but also with grit, decisiveness, patience and confidence. We develop our players with the goal that they own their games and are prepared to compete at the highest level.


Coach Bio

A native of Rockford, Michigan, Chris Whitten is in his fourth season as the head coach and ninth overall with the University of Michigan men's golf program. Prior to taking over the head coaching duties, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach. Under Whitten's guidance, U-M won the 2014 Big Ten Match Play Championship -- U-M's first title at the conference event. He has led All-Big Ten golfers Matt Thompson (2012) and Chris O'Neill (2014) to individual invitations to the NCAA Regional as well as three players named to the PING Division I All-Midwest team -- Thompson (2012), O'Neill (2014) and Brett McIntosh (2014). During his time as an assistant coach with U-M, the Wolverines made four straight NCAA Regional appearances – winning the program's first team regional title in 2011 – and two NCAA Championship appearances. In 2009, the Wolverines finished sixth to advance to team match play, closing with a semifinalist finish. In 2011, U-M placed 10th, missing match play by just three shots. Before joining the Michigan staff in May 2006, Whitten was an assistant golf professional at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. He helped Notre Dame to two runner-up finishes at the Big East Championships in 1999 and 2002 as a collegiate golfer.

Fun Fact

Coach Whitten is the son of Buddy Whitten, who was a member on the PGA Senior Tour in 1997.

Career Highlights

  • Ninth Year with Michigan Men's Golf; Fourth as Head Coach
  • Helped U-M win its first NCAA Regional in 2009
  • Helped U-M reach 2009 NCAA Finals, closing as semifinalist in team match play
  • Three All-Big Ten Golfers
  • Three PING Division I All-Midwest Selections
  • Nine Academic All-Big Ten honors
  • 14 U-M Athletic Academic Achievement accolades

Assistant Coaches

Patrick Wilkes-Krier

Assistant Coach

Ann Arbor native Patrick Wilkes-Krier begins his first season as an assistant coach following a successful 12-year collegiate and professional career. During an eight-year professional career, Wilkes-Krier competed primarily on the National Golf Association Tour (Hooters Tour) as well as playing in several events on the Web.com Tour. Following his pro career, he became an instructor at the Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf outside of Ann Arbor, Mich. He serves as the director/instructor of the elite junior program, where he teaches and mentors middle- and high-school golfers. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Wilkes-Krier played locally at Huron High School, earning All-State Super Team honors as a senior. A four-year varsity letterwinner and starter at Ball State (2003-06), he was a two-time captain. A two-time All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) selection, he holds the Ball State record for the lowest 54-hole score. Off the course at Ball State, he was twice named to the prestigious Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar team and was a two-time Academic All-MAC first team selection. In 2016, he joined current Wolverine Kyle Mueller in qualifying for the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.