The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® series continues by remembering one of the most versatile and legendary coaches in Tennessee State history.
During his time at TSU, Samuel Whitmon spent over 30 years as student-athlete, coach, administrator and professor.
As a student, Whitmon played halfback for the Tigers football team from 1944 to 1947, earning All-American honors and helping lead the team to its first two National Black College championships in 1946 and 1947. Whitmon earned a bachelor's degree in biology from TSU in 1947. He later earned a master's degree in biology from TSU.
After coaching briefly at the high school level and in the U.S. Army, Whitmon returned to TSU in 1953 as an assistant coach. For the next 16 seasons, he served as an offensive coach under head coaches Henry Kean, Howard Gentry Sr., Lawrence Simmons and John Merritt.
However, Whitmon is most well-known as the Tennessee State head baseball coach during that span. He compiled a total of 300 victories and established himself as the all-time winningest baseball coach in TSU history.
In 1968, he was named head football coach at Fisk University. During his tenure there, he led the team to its first-ever conference championship and its first national television appearance.
Whitmon returned to TSU in 1978 to serve as director of athletics and professor of biology. He was inducted into the Tennessee State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
In 2002, TSU honored Whitmon again by selecting him as the honoree at the fourth annual John Merritt Classic. Before the game, TSU athletic director Teresa Phillips called Whitmon "the epitome of a TSU Big Blue Tiger".
The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® highlights some of the greatest moments in honor of Tennessee State's centennial celebration. A new moment will be released each weekday for a total of 100. These moments were chosen by the TSU 100 Moments committee, which consists of alums from various departments. TSU has so many great moments, not all can be represented in these 100.