|Title:||Coaching Assistant (Wide Receivers/Pass Game Coordinator)|
|Organization:||Trinity Valley Football|
Antonio Whitfield just completed his seventh season with Trinity Valley after joining the Cards in the fall of 2010. In his seven seasons in Athens, he has been a part of six Regional Playoffs appearances, playing in the Regional Championship game four times (2010, 2013, 2014 & 2016), winning it all three times (2013, 2014 & 2016). He has also been a part of four SWJCFC Championships (2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) and four NJCAA Bowl Games (2011, 2013, 2014 & 2016). Six of his seven seasons the Trinity Valley Offense has finished in the Top 10 nationally in total offense, and in four of his seven seasons coaching the Cardinal's wide receivers, one of his pupils lead the SWJCFC in receiving.
Whitfield has become known to have some of the most talented and explosive receivers in all of junior college football. In 2016, Whitfield tutored All-Region and All Conference WR Jalen Guyton (North Texas) who finished Top 5 nationally in yards, yards per game, touchdowns and yards per catch. Guyton and Whitfield's receivers helped lead the Cardinals to becoming the fastest team in junior college history, smashing the NJCAA record for plays in a season.
The 2015 Conference Champions led all of junior college as well as all levels of football in passing offense (439.9 yds per game), total offense (656.1 yds per game) and scoring offense (57.7 pts per game). His position group was some of the leading factors in the offense's successes. The unit was led by 1st Team All-American, All-Region and All-Conference performer Derrick Willies (Texas Tech), as well as 2nd Team All-Conference performer Andre Wilson (UAB)and HM All-Conference performer Emmanuel Harris (New Mexico). Willies and Wilson were among the nation's leaders in receiving yards, yards per game and touchdowns.
In 2014, Whitfield's receivers were also instrumental in an offense that broke the NJCAA All-Time record for total offense, as well as also leading the nation in double digit categories. His 2014 crew was lead by All-Conference performer Jarvis Baxter (Oklahoma), who was among the conference's leaders in receiving yards, touchdowns and yards per catch. The 2013 Cardinal receivers dominated the conference as well, ranking 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th in the SWJCFC in receptions. All-SWJCFC selection freshman receiver TaTa Green not only was the conference's leading receiver, but also led the NJCAA in catches per game.
Another one of Antonio's star pupils at TVCC was Derel Walker (Texas A&M), who now with the Tampa Bay Bucs, was recognized as the 2015 Canadian Football League Rookie of the Year, as he helped lead the Edmonton Eskimos to the 2015 Grey Cup Championship. At TVCC, Derel finished top 10 nationally in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, on his way to being named the 2011 Citizens Bank Bowl Offensive MVP. During his tenure with the Cardinals, Coach Whitfield has had 7 receivers named to the All-Conference teams, and 9 receivers sign with Divison 1 football programs.
Coach Whitfield came to Athens from West Hills College in Coalinga, CA where he spent the 2009 season coaching the team’s wide receivers. Prior to his time in California, Coach Whitfield coached 4 seasons (2005-08) at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR. While with Arkansas Tech University, he worked with both the tight ends (2005), and wide receivers (2006-2008). In 2005, under Antonio's tutelage his tight end was named both 1st Team All Gulf South Conference, and a NCAA Division II All-American. He also had wide receivers enjoy some post season awards, having one receiver named to the All Gulf South team each of his 3 seasons.
A native of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Antonio attended Irving High School enjoying a stellar career playing tight end for the Tigers. After high school, Antonio signed with and played tight end for Tyler Junior College and then did the same for the University of Arkansas at Monticello. While in Monticello he completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Health & Wellness and a minor in History. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Instructional Technology from Arkansas Tech University.