Former Pirate post player Zach Payne joined the Whitworth coaching staff in 2013 and he is entering his fourth year on the coaching staff in 2016-17. Payne completed his two-year career with the Pirates in the spring of 2013. He was a key player off the bench as Whitworth went 26-4 and advanced to the Sweet 16 each of his two years on the team.
Payne played in all 30 of the Pirates' games as a senior, averaging nearly 16 minutes, five points and three rebounds per contest. He is continuing the process of completing his Master's degree at Whitworth this year. He had transferred from Diablo Valley College (Calif.) prior to the 2011-12 season.