Liberal Studies Alumnus, Point Park Basketball Hall of Famer Coaching at Collegiate Level Thursday, October 27, 2016
Meet Chivas Whipple
Job title: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Employer: Westminster College
Degree earned: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Point Park University, 2010; pursuing a Master in Higher Education Administration and Coaching from Xavier University
College activities: Point Park Men's Basketball Team
Scholarship from Point Park: Athletic scholarship
Hometown and current residence: Youngstown, Ohio
High school: Calvary Christian Academy
Hobbies/interests: Coaching and reading history
LinkedIn: Chivas Whipple
Whipple was inducted into the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. A three-time NAIA Division II All-American, Whipple is one of only three players in Point Park's history with at least 1,600 points, 700 rebounds, 200 assists and 180 steals.
What were the main reasons you chose Point Park University to pursue a bachelor's degree?
Honestly, the location fit me perfectly. The University was very understanding of me wanting to continue my education as a veteran. I also chose Point Park because it was very diverse and it allowed all people from all different walks of life to thrive in a comfortable environment.
Tell us about the work you've done for the military and now as a college basketball coach.
As an HR generalist for the United States Army, I was held accountable for soldiers traveling from various locations and had to make sure each soldier's benefits information was correct and up to date. I was also an aviation operations specialist for the United States Marines, in which I assisted in the preparation of operation plans and orders, training directives, programs and orders, among other duties. Both of these experiences extended well into my current role as a college basketball coach.
My work as a college basketball coach is a dream come true. I have the opportunity to mentor young men with positive guidance. I love teaching the game and sharing with them my passion and positivity for the game. This is what I love to do, and I hope that each student athlete I interact with knows I care about their well-being. I strive to make them excited not just about preparing for and playing the game, but about their careers and life after college.
How has Point Park helped to shape who you are today?
Point Park University played an integral role in the person I am today. As a student and basketball player, I was challenged to grow and develop communication, networking and leadership skills. I still use and instill those same core values in our athletes at Westminster College.
I received much support from many people at Point Park including President Dr. Paul Hennigan, Dr. Darlene Marnich, Professor Edward Meena and many more. They cared about my well-being and because of their mentorship, I did not want to disappoint any of them.
What are some of your favorite Point Park memories?
Although I have a few, one in particular stands out: Walking across the stage at my graduation on May 1, 2010. As I stepped onto the stage, Dr. Marnich was the first person waiting for me. She was like a second mother to me at college. Her encouragement and support will remain with me, through all of my life's challenges. The relationships you build at Point Park University are ongoing and never broken.
What are your career goals?
My main career goal is simple. I would like to be a head coach one day, and hopefully no better place than my alma mater, Point Park University.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Yes, I would like to quote an African Proverb that I live by: "Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter."
Let us write our own story.