Mike White (basketball)

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Mike White
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Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Florida
Conference SEC
Record 69–37 (.651)
Biographical details
Born (1977-03-02) March 2, 1977 (age 41)
Dunedin, Florida
Playing career
1995–1999 Ole Miss
1999–2000 New Mexico Slam
2000 England
Position(s) Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2000–2003 Jacksonville State (asst.)
2003–2004 Jacksonville State (assoc. HC)
2004–2011 Ole Miss (asst.)
2011–2015 Louisiana Tech
2015–present Florida
Head coaching record
Overall 170–77 (.688)

NIT: 7–4

NCAA: 4–2
Accomplishments and honors
WAC regular season championship (2013)
C-USA regular season championship (2014, 2015)
USBWA District VII Coach of the Year (2013)
NABC District 6 Coach of the Year (2013)
WAC Don Haskins Coach of the Year (2013)
LABC Louisiana Major College Coach of the Year (2014) C-USA Gene Bartow Coach of the Year (2015)
NABC District 11 Coach of the Year (2015)
SEC Coach of the Year (2017)

Michael Emerson White (born March 2, 1977) is an American college basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the Florida Gators men's basketball team of the University of Florida. Prior to accepting the job at Florida, White was the head coach of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech University for four seasons.


White was born to father, Kevin, and mother, Jane, in Dunedin, Florida. His father Kevin White currently serves as Director of Athletics at Duke University. As a result of his father's career path, the White family moved frequently throughout Michael's childhood. In 1995, White graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans. From 1995 to 1999, he attended the University of Mississippi on a basketball scholarship. After a brief stint playing basketball professionally, White returned to Ole Miss and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2000. White is married to the former Kira Zschau, an All-SEC volleyball player at Ole Miss, who also has a law degree from the university. The couple has two daughters, Rylee and Maggie, twin boys, Collin and Keegan, and a son, Dillon. White has four siblings, three of whom work in college athletics: Danny, who serves as the athletic director for the UCF Knights;[1] Brian, the athletic director for the Florida Atlantic Owls;[2] and Mariah Chappell, assistant athletic director for the SMU Mustangs.[3]

Playing career[edit]

White played at Ole Miss from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, White began his four-year collegiate career as a freshman guard for the Ole Miss Rebels men's basketball team. He became a starter in the eighth game of his freshman year and remained a starter for the remainder of his four years at Ole Miss. During White's college career, he had 370 assists, the 6th highest total in Ole Miss history. He also led his team to two SEC Western Division Titles, three consecutive NCAA Men's Basketball Tournaments (1997, 1998 and 1999), and the first NCAA Tournament victory in the history of Ole Miss. He played professional basketball with the IBL's New Mexico Slam and internationally in England. [4]

Coaching career[edit]

Jacksonville State[edit]

After earning his bachelor's degree at Ole Miss, White joined the men's basketball coaching staff at Jacksonville State in 2000. White stayed at the university for four seasons where he was an assistant coach from 2000 to 2003 and the Associate Head Coach from 2003 to 2004. During his time at Jacksonville State, he helped coordinate the team's recruiting activities. These efforts paid off as the men's basketball team achieved its greatest success since moving up to the Division I ranks, and five Jacksonville State recruits were named all-conference players during White's four-year stint.[4] In 2002, Jacksonville State recorded its first conference tournament victory since moving up to Division I. The following year, Jacksonville State went 20–10 for the year marking the winningest season in the school's Division I history.[5]

Ole Miss[edit]

Michael White spent seven seasons (2005–2011) on the Ole Miss coaching staff and developed a reputation as one of the top assistant coaches in the country.

A finalist for the 2009 Coaches Award presented by BasketballScoop.com - honoring the top assistants in the college game - White was instrumental in the Rebels' rise to prominence in the Southeastern Conference as he helped lead the program to four postseason berths and a pair of SEC West titles in the past five years. The Rebels won 20 or more games four of the last five seasons.

White was very well known in the recruiting circles nationwide, especially in the Southern region of the country. He helped Ole Miss land three recruiting classes ranked in the Top 25 in the country by numerous recruiting publications, including the 2005 class that was ranked as high as No. 7 by Hoop Scoop.

In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, he worked closely with the Rebel guards, including helping Terrico White who earned the SEC Freshman of the Year award and Freshman All-America accolades in 2009. Ole Miss had five guards named all-SEC during the last five seasons and eight different guards that made seven or more three-pointers in one game during that stretch.[6]

Louisiana Tech[edit]

On March 30, 2011, White was named by Louisiana Tech as the 17th head coach of the Bulldogs basketball team. He replaced the fired Kerry Rupp.[7] In his first season, White led the program to their first appearance in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship Game. By the next season, Louisiana Tech, although picked 4th by the Western Athletic Conference Pre-Season Coaches Poll, had a stretch of 18 straight wins leading to a conference championship tie, garnering the first AP ranking in over 20 years, and a NIT tournament win.[8][9][10] The 2012-13 season saw the return of the Bulldogs winning their first conference title since the 1998-99 season.

In the 2013-14 season, the Bulldogs defeated Iona (home) and Georgia (away) before falling in the NIT quarterfinals by three at Florida State.[11] Under White, LTU won or tied for three straight conference regular season titles (2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15), garnering three straight NIT appearances.

At the 100-game mark, he had the highest winning percentage and the most wins of any coach in Louisiana Tech history.[6]


On May 7, 2015, White was named head coach of the Florida Gators Basketball team, replacing Billy Donovan who left to become head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. White agreed to a six-year, $12 million deal with the Gators.

White's first Gators team managed to secure an invitation to the NIT after being on the NCAA Tournament bubble for much of the season. The Gators would go on to lose in the quarterfinals to eventual NIT Champion George Washington.

In White's second year in his tenure at Florida, White's team secured a 4 seed in the East Region of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, reaching the Elite Eight before being eliminated by SEC rival #7 seed South Carolina. [1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Western Athletic Conference) (2011–2013)
2011–12 Louisiana Tech 18–16 6–8 T–5th
2012–13 Louisiana Tech 27–7 16–2 T–1st NIT Second Round
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Conference USA) (2013–2015)
2013–14 Louisiana Tech 29–8 13–3 T–1st NIT Quarterfinals
2014–15 Louisiana Tech 27–9 15–3 1st NIT Quarterfinals
Louisiana Tech: 101–40 (.716) 50–16 (.758)
Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (2015–present)
2015–16 Florida 21–15 9–9 T–8th NIT Quarterfinals
2016–17 Florida 27–9 14–4 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
2017–18 Florida 21–13 11–7 3rd NCAA Round of 32
Florida: 69–37 (.651) 34–20 (.630)
Total: 170–77 (.688)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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