Todd Whitten, who brings 11 years of head coaching experience at the college level, is in his first season as offensive coordinator for the Lamar University football program.
Whitten knows the Southland Conference well, having spent the past five seasons as the head coach at Sam Houston State. Whitten compiled a 25-28 record at Sam Houston State with his best seasons being 2006 and 2007, when the Bearkats had runner-up finishes in the Southland Conference with 6-5 and 7-4 records, respectively.
During those two seasons, Whitten coached the Bearkats' first ever back-to-back 1,000-yard rushers, directed the university's all-time leader in both passing and total offense (current New York Giant quarterback Rhett Bomar) and ranked sixth in total offense in NCAA Division I FCS.
Prior to taking over the Sam Houston State program, Whitten helped usher in a new era of winning as the head coach at Division II Tarleton State. In the six seasons prior to his arrival, Tarleton managed only 21 victories. From 2000 to 2004 under Whitten, the Texans went 40-18 and won the 2001 Lone Star Conference title. In addition to making the school's first ever national playoff appearance, Tarleton State finished the 2001 season ranked 10th in the Division II final poll.
Whitten continued his success in 2002 and 2003 by winning the Lone Star North Division and ranking among the Top 20 in the Division II final polls. Under Whitten's leadership, TSU set 30 school records and produced 80 All-Lone Star Conference players. Whitten garnered Coach of the Year honors four times while leading the Texans.
In addition to spending 11 years as a head coach, Whitten has 10 years of experience as an assistant coach at the Division I level. Whitten spent time at Texas Tech, New Mexico State, Texas-El Paso, Wyoming and Sam Houston.
A native of Dallas, Whitten enjoyed a stellar playing career at Stephen F. Austin in both football and baseball. He ranks second in SFA career passing yards (6,304) and touchdown passes (60) and earned All-Gulf Star Conference honors.
A 2001 inductee into the SFA Athletics Hall of Fame, Whitten earned a bachelor's degree in education from Stephen F. Austin in 1987 and a master's in education from Texas Tech in 1990.
Whitten and his wife, Dana, have four children, Brady (25), Blaze (22), Tate (16) and Maddie (14).