Bowling Green State University women’s basketball coach Robyn Fralick has announced the addition of Joel Whymer as assistant coach. Whymer comes to BGSU after spending the last three seasons on the staff at Wayne State University.
“We are so excited to have Joel Whymer join us at Bowling Green,” said Fralick. “We believe he will be a great fit on our staff and at the University. Some qualities that really stand out about Joel are his work ethic, investment in student-athletes, and his commitment to recruiting. He will make a positive impact on our program.”
In addition to serving on head coach Carrie Lohr’s staff at WSU, Whymer also served as head coach of the junior varsity team. The JV squad posted a 14-1 overall record over the last two years.
Last season, the Warriors posted a 19-8 record, more than doubling the win total from the previous season. WSU went 14-6 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play and compiled a 10-3 record at home.
“I am extremely grateful to be joining the BGSU women’s basketball family,” said Whymer. “Coach Fralick is someone I really admire. Her core values will immediately impact the BGSU women’s basketball program and the entire community. I am excited to get to work with this entire coaching staff to help give our student-athletes a championship experience!”
WSU’s total of 19 wins in ‘17-18 nearly matched the total for the prior two seasons combined (20). Additionally, the JV team, under Whymer’s guidance, went 7-1 last season after posting a perfect 7-0 mark the previous winter.
The 2017-18 team had nine GLIAC All-Academic honorees, including six on the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team. In addition, the Warriors had three All-GLIAC recipients as Shannon Wilson was voted to the All-GLIAC First Team and Nastassja Chambers received Second Team All-GLIAC recognition. Ja’Nae Williams was named to the All-GLIAC Defensive Team.
During Whymer’s three seasons in Detroit, the Warriors had a total of 18 Academic All-GLIAC honorees,
Whymer joined the Warriors’ staff after spending one season (2014-15) as the head coach at St Clair County Community College (SC4). He led the Skippers to a 25-6 overall record and a share of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference championship with a 13-3 league mark.
That season, Whymer and the Skippers had one player, Jasmine Parker, named to the NJCAA All-Region XII First Team, and she also earned First Team All-MCCAA Eastern Conference accolades. Five additional players received All-MCCAA honors, and both Parker and Leah Humes were named to the NJCAA District H All-Tournament Team.
Prior to his appointment at SC4, Whymer spent two seasons as the head boys basketball coach at Marine City High School, where he was a special education teacher for five years.
Whymer is a 2010 graduate of Grand Valley State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis on special education. He is currently working on a master’s degree from Ohio University in coaching.
As a player, he was named to the Class A All-State team as a senior at Port Huron Northern High School. Whymer was also the 2003 Port Huron Times Herald Player of the Year.
He played his first two seasons collegiately at Lake Superior (2003-04 and 2004-05), where he totaled 533 points in 47 games with 108 rebounds and 80 assists. After sitting out the 2005-06 campaign due to GLIAC transfer rules, Whymer played in 32 games for GVSU in 2006-07 scoring in double digits four times, including a season-high 17 points in a win at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).
As a senior in 2007-08, he helped the Lakers to a 36-1 record with the lone loss coming to Winona State in the Elite Eight quarterfinals. Whymer tallied a season-high 16 points in a victory over Northern Michigan.
Whymer rounds out Fralick’s staff which also includes assistant coaches Kim Cameron and Karmen Graham, director of operations Monique Rosati and video coordinator Amanda Cutcher.