klahoma Baptist University has hired Michael White as head coach of the
women's soccer team, it was announced in March, 2010.
White takes over the duties from Brent Coates, who remains as head
men's soccer coach. Both head coaches will have their own assistant
"It's been something we've needed to do for a while," said
athletic director Dr. Norris Russell. "Having one coach over two team
sports is not the best situation. We're happy to have a man like Mike
White here in place. He has a lot of experience with women's collegiate
soccer and he's a good, stable man. This move will help both our women's
and our men's programs."
White came to OBU two years ago, but
has been interested in the program for much longer.
"It has been a
long time coming for me," White said. "I've wanted to be a part of OBU
soccer since the program began. It's a sweet time. I fell honored to
take over the program."
Having been an assistant coach at OBU for
two seasons, White already has built a relationship with the players.
support I've felt from our girls has been great," White said. "One of
the reasons I wanted to be the head coach was because of how receptive
they have been to my coaching style."
White, who was a four-year
player and captain at Samford University from 1988-92, was head women's
soccer coach at Montreat College for five seasons. He also coached both
men and women at Stratford Academy in Macon, Ga.
White also is a
certified United States Soccer Federation coach with a national ĎA'
Level Coaching License. A graduate of Samford, he holds a bachelor's
degree in physical education and a master's degree from the University
of Alabama-Birmingham in sport administration.
He also spent two
years as a youth sports developer in Cambodia and Uzbekistan as part of
the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.