Coach’s Corner: Mike Whitfill, North Bullitt Track

Coach’s Corner: Mike Whitfill, North Bullitt Track

(Cover photo: North Bullitt head coach Mike Whitfill with North Bullitt sprinter Shawnneia Cannon)

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic is proud to sponsor the weekly “Coach’s Corner”, featuring a high school coach from women’s athletics in the local community. Since 1974 the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic has served the local area for orthopaedic problems and musculosketal issues. The sports medicine program has team physicians for local high schools which provide sports physicals and urgent care for athletes. Click here for details on SPORTS INJURY URGENT CARE.

This week’s “Coach’s Corner” feature is Michael Whitfill, head girls’ track and field coach this past season at North Bullitt High. If there is a coach you’d like to read about, email suggestions to ashli@louisvillewomensports.com.

1) What is your history with athletics in your personal life?

Track and football in high school, then track at the University of Louisville

2) How did you obtain your current coaching position?

I was working at Hebron Middle School next door to the high school and asked if I could help out with the program. The following year, I became the boys’ head coach.

3) Who do you look up to?

Being a social studies teacher, I really look up to great leaders throughout history.  Nelson Mandela is someone that I really admire.

4) What are two primary goals you had for your team this season?

1) Get a little better every day.

2) Always compete at your highest level.

5) What is the hardest part of coaching for you?

Balancing my time with family and track

6) What qualities do you hope to instill in your players that they can take with them to their families, careers, and society?

Hard work and optimism. I really try to instill the belief that with hard work you will achieve your goals.

7) How do you motivate your best athletes to work even harder?

Goals. We make goals with all of our athletes so that they don’t become satisfied.

8) What is one mistake you’ve made in your coaching career, and what did you learn from it?

I’ve made so many I can’t pick one.

9) How do you handle criticism from parents, athletic director, the media, and others?

I think I handle it well. I usually take any criticism humbly and try to find a positive in it.

10) What is the greatest philosophy you live by?

You should always make yourself just a little bit better every day.

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