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Michael White's pressuring man-to-man defense and fast-paced, dribble drive offense continues to rack up wins and shatter program records for the Louisiana Tech men's basketball team as he enters his fourth season as head coach.
ESPN's Jay Bilas and Jeff Goodman recently named White as the No. 1 up-and-coming head coach in college basketball, and rightfully so.
White has re-energized the program and the fan base both locally and nationally with multiple conference championships and postseason appearances which played a huge part in him agreeing to a new six-year, $3.6 million contract extension on April 3.
He earned the LABC Major College Coach of the Year honor after his Bulldogs completed an impressive 2013-14 season that saw the team post an overall record of 29-8, tying for the most victories ever in a single season in program history.
With the 29 wins came a share of the Conference USA regular season title in the school's first year in the league and a runner-up finish in the C-USA Tournament. LA Tech also registered wins over Big 12 second place finisher Oklahoma and SEC second place finisher Georgia and was one victory shy of reaching the National Invitation Tournament Final Four.
On five different occasions, the Bulldogs received points in one of the two Top 25 national polls. The team also won the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase tournament and finished in the top 20 nationally in scoring offense, scoring margin, assists per game, steals per game and turnover margin.
All of this came a year after White guided the 'Dogs to an incredible 27-7 record in 2012-13 which included a program-record 18-game winning streak that was also the second longest streak in NCAA Division I.
LA Tech made more history that season by earning a Western Athletic Conference regular season championship for the first time and the school's first AP Top 25 ranking in 28 years.
White was rewarded by the league for his efforts as the Don Haskins WAC Coach of the Year, the first Bulldog head coach to receive the honor, by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) as the District VII Coach of the Year and as the NABC District 6 Coach of the Year by his peers.
The Bulldogs also went a perfect 14-0 at home and won eight straight road games in the process, feats that tied or broke previous school records.
The Bulldogs went on to advance to the second round of the NIT after a road upset of Florida State.
In his first season as head coach, he guided the eighth youngest team in the country as one of the youngest head coaches in the country at 35 years of age to the school's first ever WAC Tournament final after upsetting perennial powers Utah State and top-seeded Nevada.
LA Tech came within 40 minutes of reaching the NCAA Tournament for the program's first time since 1991, finishing 18-16 on the season which was a six-win improvement from the year before.
White already boasts a 74-31 record. At the 100-game mark, he had the highest winning percentage and the most wins of any coach in LA Tech history.
Prior to coming to Tech White spent the previous seven seasons 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.
Prior to his stint on the Ole Miss staff, White spent four years at Jacksonville State, helping coordinate the Gamecocks' recruiting efforts for three seasons. White had five recruits named all-conference in four seasons at Jacksonville State. During his time at the school, Jacksonville State also recorded the winningest season in its Division I history in 2002-03 while also recording the program's first-ever league tournament victory.
Born in Dunedin, Florida, White lived all over the country before his family settled down in New Orleans where he played high school basketball at Jesuit High School. He signed with Ole Miss where he was a four-year starter at point guard for the Rebels in the late 1990s.
During his time in a Rebel uniform, he helped lead Ole Miss to consecutive SEC West Division titles, three straight NCAA Tournament berths and the program's first ever NCAA Tournament win in 1999. He was a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and a member of the 1999 SEC Good Works Team.
After being invited to the Utah Jazz's summer training camp following his college career, White spent the 1999-2000 season between playing professionally for the IBL's New Mexico Slam and in England before returning to Ole Miss in the spring of 2000 to complete his B.A. in business.
White's passion for and knowledge of college basketball came naturally as he grew up around the game as his father, Kevin White, served as athletic director at Notre Dame, Arizona State, Tulane and Maine. Kevin White is currently the AD at Duke. Michael's younger brother, Danny, played basketball at Towson and Notre Dame, and is now the new athletic director at the University of Buffalo. Youngest brother Brian is an associate athletic director at Tulsa.
He 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 fifth child on the way.