Whitney Estes is entering her third season as the head coach. In her first year she helped lead the team to a 24-14 record and a Runner-Up finish at the Region V Championship. The team also earned the AVCA Team Academic Award with 3.52 team GPA. In her second season the Lady Westerners finished 15-18 overall and fourth in the conference. The team saw four players recognized by the WJCAC conference, two of which went on to play at four-year schools; Sarah Campoli (Western New Mexico University) and Madison Brown (Valley City State University).
Estes has also been both a head and assistant club volleyball coach for 11 years.
Born and raised in Gardnerville, Nevada, Whitney Estes attended Douglas High School where she was a stand-out athlete in volleyball, softball, and track and field. Her high school volleyball team achieved the honor of state-runner up in 2004 and 2005 and she was named to the All-Region and All-State teams in 2004 and 2005.
After graduating from high school, Estes attended Grand Canyon University where she played four years of volleyball from 2006-2009. During her playing career, she was named to the Pac-West All-Conference teams in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Estes also earned the honor of being named to the Pac-West All-Academic team in 2008 and 2009 as well as being team captain. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and will complete her Masters of Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership degree this year.
Immediately after graduation from GCU, Estes was asked to stay on as a member of the coaching staff. Two of those years she had the opportunity to work strictly with the indoor program. In 2013 & 2014, Estes was named the lead coach as GCU commenced their beach volleyball program. During her 4 years as a coach at GCU, the team made multiple postseason appearances and she had the privilege of coaching multiple All-American players. During the first two years of the beach volleyball program, GCU’s #1 pair qualified for the AVCA Beach Volleyball Championships and finished in the top 16 pairs in the nation both years. Her coaching responsibilities at GCU included recruiting, travel coordination, practice planning/implementation, video analysis, scouting, and stat keeping.
Estes has also been both a head and assistant club volleyball coach for nine years. She has coached for Club Arrowhead and Arizona Sky Volleyball Club in Phoenix, Arizona, and 3:23 Volleyball in Midland, TX. She was also an assistant coach for the Arizona High Performance team in 2011.
Estes has 4 siblings: Shawn, Bryan, Staci, and Tyson.