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Brian White Named Tight Ends' Coach
Posted Jan 21, 2009
Brian White has been named the University of Florida’s tight ends’ coach, head coach Urban Meyer announced on Wednesday. A 23-year coaching veteran is a former winner of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division I Assistant Coach of the Year.
White has tutored a Heisman Trophy Winner, coached in 12 bowl games and served on coaching staffs that have won a national title and two league championships.
“Brian is a long-time friend and will be a great addition to our coaching staff,” said Meyer. “He will play a key role in our offensive game plan and our special teams’ preparation. He is a relentless recruiter and has an understanding of our program’s philosophy. He is very cerebral and will make a smooth transition into our program.”
During White’s 11-year tenure at
, he mentored 1999 Heisman Trophy winner
, 2001 NFL first-round draft choice
, 2001 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
and 2006 Capital One Bowl Most Valuable Player Brian Calhoun. In 2004, White was named the AFCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year.
“I’ve known Coach Meyer for many years and I’ve always hoped some day we would have a chance to work together,” said White. “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to join the Gator coaching staff and be a part of a special University and athletic department. I look forward to working with a great group of student-athletes.”
He coached in the 2006 Capital One Bowl, which Wisconsin captured with a 24-10 win over No. 7
. He served as the running backs' coach during the Badgers' 1998 Big Ten championship season and was the offensive coordinator the next year when UW repeated as Big Ten champions.
In his first year as offensive coordinator in 1999, the Badgers set a school record and finished 10th nationally in scoring. The next season, Bennett was the third-leading rusher in Division I-A and had a school-record six 200-yard passing games. In 2001, quarterbacks
each threw for more than 1,000 yards, while Davis was fifth in the nation in rushing and wide receiver
set the Big Ten record for receiving yards in a season. During each of his first eight years, White helped the Badgers produce a 1,000-yard rusher.
Prior to his appointment at Wisconsin, White worked at
from 1990-92 and again in 1994. He worked as the Rebels' quarterbacks coach from 1990-92, with additional responsibilities as the wide receivers' coach in 1991. In 1992, White was UNLV’s running backs' and kicking coach. When he rejoined the UNLV staff for the 1994 season, he was the passing game coordinator and wide receivers' coach for the nation’s 14th-best passing offense (265 yards per game).
White spent the 1993 season as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers' coach at the University of Nevada-Reno. The Wolf Pack led the nation in total offense (582.7 yards per game) and passing offense (401 yards per game) that year. White began his coaching career in 1986 as a graduate assistant at
in 1986 and 1987, followed by a two-year appointment at
as a graduate assistant in 1988, when the Fighting Irish won the National Championship, and 1989.
White was most recently the special teams' coordinator and oversaw tight ends at the University of
. In addition, he was the offensive coordinator and tight ends' coach at
University in 2006-07.
White earned his B.A. in history from Harvard in 1986, where he was a two-year starting quarterback for the Crimson. He later earned an M.A. in communications from Fordham in 1987 and an M.B.A from Notre Dame in 1990. White and his wife, Salli, have a daughter, Cassidy, and a son, Jackson.
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