Todd Whitten enters his second season as Wyoming's offensive coordinator after spending the 1996 season as head coach at Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas. In one season at Tarleton State, Whitten was named Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year, after guiding TSU to a 5-5 record in '96. Tarleton State was 1-10 in 1995. Overall, Whitten will be entering his 11th season as a college coach.
In his first season at Wyoming in 1997, Whitten guided a young offensive squad that ranked fifth in the 16-team WAC in passing offense, sixth in total offense and sixth in scoring offense. Also the quarterback coach, he coached redshirt freshman Jay Stoner through an impressive freshman season that saw Stoner throw for 1,890 yards -- the best total ever by a Wyoming freshman and the 12th best single-season total in school history.
After graduating from Stephen F. Austin University in 1987, Whitten signed a free-agent contract with the New England Patriots of the NFL. He began his college coaching career a year later as a graduate assistant coach at Texas Tech where he coached for the 1988 and '89 seasons. His next stop was as the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at New Mexico State from 1990-93. He moved on to UTEP for the 1994 and '95 seasons, serving as offensive backfield coach, before taking the head-coaching position at Tarleton State for the '96 campaign. In 1989, he was a member of the Texas Tech coaching staff that led the Red Raiders to the All-American Bowl where they defeated Duke.
At Stephen F. Austin University, Whitten was a three-year starter at quarterback. During his senior season, he was an All-Gulf Star Conference quarterback and pre-season All-American. Also a three-year starter in the outfield for the Stephen F. Austin baseball team, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983. He completed his bachelor's degree in education from Stephen F. Austin in 1987, and added a master's degree in sports administration from Texas Tech in 1990. A native of Dallas, Texas, he was born Feb. 16, 1965. He and his wife Jennifer have one son, Tate, and one daughter, Maddie.