SAN ANTONIO- UTSA football program has hired volunteer assistant coach Ashley Whittemore and promoted Joe Roberts to video analyst, head coach announced Derek Pitman.
“Joe and Ashley complement our current coaching staff and will help provide our players with resources that we otherwise would not have had in the past,” Pittman said. “We are excited about the rest of this season and the future of our program as we continue to improve our performance on the pitch.”
Ashley Whittemore joins the staff as Stephen F. Austin’s Head of Player Development/Assistant Coach for the past four years. Prior to the SFA, she coached at the club level for 10 years for Lonestar Soccer Club and Austin Texas Soccer Club. Whittemore was an assistant coach at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas for four years. She also owns her own company, Fast Traxe Programs, which she founded in 2019.
Whittemore graduated from West Texas A&M in 2005 with her Bachelor of Science in Biology, where she also played on the football team for four years. It has its national A, B and C licenses from the United States Soccer Federation. She resides in San Antonio with her husband JD Whittemore and their two dogs, Dutch and Viga.
“It’s been a great start to the season so far and we’re thrilled to be back playing in front of our home fans this weekend,” said coach Pittman. “Our team is always looking to improve every day, and our coaching staff is no different. The addition of Ashley as a volunteer assistant brings great value to this position and will allow us to share various tasks within our staff. She has a wealth of experience as a club and university coach and will be able to help our players continue their development on and off the pitch.”
After being hired just a few months ago as a volunteer coach, Roberts lands the role of video analyst. He has over 15 years of coaching experience at almost every level including club, youth, high school and college. In addition to his role as a video analyst for the Roadrunners, he is also currently Technical Director of San Antonio Rush Football Club, National Diploma Instructor with United Soccer Coaches and Assistant Coach of the UPSL Premier Division men’s team at the Alamo. City Soccer Club.
Roberts is a veteran who served 27 years in the United States Navy. He graduated from the University of San Diego with his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations in 2003 and recently completed his Master of Science in Recreation and Sports Science in 2022. He has numerous United Soccer Coaches certifications including Director Coaching Diploma, First Diploma, Level 1 Goalkeeping Diploma and High School Diploma. Roberts also has a National D license from the United States Soccer Federation.
“Joe’s move to our video analyst role is huge for our staff,” Pittman explained. “He has a good eye for the game and fully understands what we ask of our players in our game system. This knowledge and his attention to detail will be a huge asset to our team as we aim to help our players grow in their development through watching films for individual and team concepts.”
The Roadrunners have a three-game homestand to come, hosting Stephen F. Austin for the first time on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. (CT) at Park West Athletics Complex.