Bulldogs welcome coach White with open arms

March 30, 2011

by Anna Claire Thomas, CO-SPORTS EDITOR

Just one week after relieving Kerry Rupp of his head coaching duties, Tech officials Wednesday hired Michael White, a former assistant coach at Ole Miss, to take the reigns of the men’s basketball program.

White, a Florida native, is entering his first head coaching position with the Bulldogs after seven years as an assistant for the Ole Miss Rebels.

“I can’t express how excited I am to be coaching a program at such a prestigious institution under the leadership of such a dynamic administration,” White said in a press release. “Louisiana Tech has all the resources necessary, including a fertile recruiting base, to compete for championships and berths in the NCAA Tournament. Those are my goals.”

White is a former player for Ole Miss, starting all four years at the point guard position in the late 1990s. White also had a hand in leading Ole Miss to two SEC West Division titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances in his time as a player.

In addition to his coaching stint with the Rebels, White spent four years on the coaching staff at Jacksonville State under head coach Mike LaPlante.

White was known for his ability to recruit top-class athletes as an assistant with the Rebels.

White has been surrounded by athletics since childhood, with his father Kevin White who is the current athletic’s director at Duke University. He also had stints at Notre Dame, Maine and Tulane during his career in college athletics.

“Michael is a winner in every sense,” said Bruce Van De Velde, Tech athletic’s director. “He demonstrates great intensity, a strong work ethic, and outstanding integrity and class. We are proud to have him as the new leader of our men’s basketball program.”

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