International School for the Arts
Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: Bachelor of Science (Erskine College) Masters Degree (USC) Areas of Certification: Health and Physical Education Driver Training Secondary Principal Secondary Supervisor
Tim Whipple is beginning his 40th year as a Physical Education teacher and boys basketball coach at Irmo High School. The Hall of Fame basketball coach has compiled an amazing record of 781 wins and 288 losses. Tim is ranked 2nd in state history in total wins (781) and his ten (10) State Championship appearances are the most of any 4A/5A coach. The Irmo program also has won eighteen Region Championships under Tim, including nine seasons of being undefeated in region play. His teams have been to the South Carolina state playoffs in 36 of 39 seasons.
Coach Whipple has accumulated a long list of achievements during his tenure but none stand out more than the five South Carolina AAAA State Championships his teams have won. During an unprecedented and unmatched seven year stretch between 1989 and 1996, Coach Whipple led the Yellow Jackets to the state title game six times and came away with the crown in 1991, 1994 and 1995. In 2010-11, Coach added trophy number four to the collection as the Yellow Jackets returned to glory with another state championship. Then in the 2012-13 season, he led his team to the first unbeaten season of his career and title number five. The 2015-16 season found the Yellow Jackets in the state championship game for the ninth time. In 2016-17, under Coach Whipple's leadership, Irmo had a 22-win season, won their 8th consecutive Region Championship and played in the Lower State Championship game. The 2017-18 season saw the Yellow Jackets make an incredible and improbable playoff run, culminating in Coach Whipple's 10th trip to a State Championship game.
Known across the state for his team's competitiveness, sound fundamentals and sportsmanship, the Yellow Jackets have enjoyed enormous success on and off the court under Tim's leadership. He has coached over 40 players who have participated on the collegiate level. Tim has been named South Carolina Coach of the Year three times, Area Coach of the Year six times and Region Coach of the Year on fifteen occasions. In October 2001 Coach Whipple was inducted to the Erskine College Athletic Hall of Fame and was elected to the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. Most recently, Tim reached the pinnacle of state coaching honors when he was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
A 1977 graduate of Erskine College, Tim later earned his M.Ed. in Secondary Administration and Supervision from USC. Tim and his wife Valerie, have two daughters, Kate and Kristen, both proud graduates of Irmo High School.