White named new MUW women’s basketball coach

The Mississippi University for Women has named Howard White, Jr. as the new head coach of the women's basketball program.
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RYAN PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

The Mississippi University for Women has named Howard White, Jr. as the new head coach of the women's basketball program. 

White, a native of Wilmot, Arkansas, comes to the W after serving two seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Concordia College in Selma, Alabama.

He will officially assume his new role on Monday, April 30, and will become the first MUW women’s basketball coach since the school discontinued intercollegiate athletics in 2002, following a devastating tornado that destroyed a primary sports venue.

In his first head coaching role at Concordia, White led his team during the 2015-16 season to a 26-3 record and a USCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship. 

White then a posted a 25-4 record in the 2016-17 season and another USCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, marking the sixth national championship in Concordia's history.

"This is an amazing opportunity for me to come in and restart a program with such a rich history and to coach at an institution that strongly emphasis having success in the classroom as well as on the court,” White said in a MUW press release.

Before his time at Concordia, White served as the 2009-11 Aiken Technical College assistant coach and worked at Benedict College, where he helped the Tigers win the 2011-12 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament.

His coaching resume also includes stints as the head assistant coach at St. Augustine's College, assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman, and assistant coach at the University of North Florida.  At Bethune Cookman, he assisted in bringing in one of the best recruiting classes in the nation and at UNF he helped the Ospreys rise from a NCAA Division II program to NCAA Division I.

He began his coaching career at Florida State College at Jacksonville where he helped the Stars win two Mid-Florida Conference Championships.

As a player, White was a standout in his hometown at Wilmot High School. He served as the team captain and led the team in scoring his senior year.

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