Amber Stocks Whitford begins her sixth year as an assistant women's basketball coach at Xavier. Whitford was part of McGuff's original staff and served as an assistant coach at XU from 2002-2006.
"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Amber back into the Xavier family," said McGuff. "She did a tremendous job during her previous years as an assistant coach and I look forward to her once again positively impacting our program. Her passion for helping young people develop will be of great benefit to our student-athletes."
The Musketeers were 80-42 during Whitford's initial stretch as an assistant coach. She helped XU put together three 20-win seasons and four national postseason appearances (including the 2003 NCAA Tournament) in her first four years at Xavier.
"Coach McGuff and the entire administration create a wonderful, family-oriented work environment and I couldn't be happier to be a part of the Xavier family," said Whitford. "Most importantly, I am extremely excited to be coaching such a talented group of young ladies."
Whitford joined Xavier after working for two years at the University of Tennessee.
In 2001-02, she served as the director of basketball operations for the Lady Vols, where she worked closely with Pat Summitt on the daily operations of the program.
During the 2000-01 season, Whitford served as a graduate assistant for the Lady Vols, working primarily on their recruiting effort.
With Whitford on the staff, Tennessee won two regular season SEC Championships, and went to the 2002 Final Four.
Whitford spent one year at the University of Notre Dame as a strength and conditioning intern. While with the Irish, she oversaw the strength and conditioning programs for seven varsity sports and assisted with all other Notre Dame sports, including men's and women's basketball.
Whitford was a student assistant strength and conditioning coach both at UC and XU during her undergraduate career.
While at UC, Whitford was a four-time Bearcat Scholar Honoree, a three-time winner of the team's Best Defensive Player Award and helped led the Bearcats to a Conference USA Championship.
Whitford, who graduated from UC in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in health promotion and education: exercise and fitness, also earned two letters in track and field. She was also an All-Conference track athlete and set two school records in addition to earning four letters on the women's basketball team.
Whitford and her husband James, an assistant on the XU men's basketball coaching staff, reside in Cincinnati with their son Liam (1).