Jeff White was announced as Birmingham-Southern College’s head volleyball coach on December 17, 2013. He enters his fourth season at the helm of the program in 2017 with a 0.747 winning percentage.
White earned his 100th career victory in 2016 in a sweep over Southern Athletic Association rival Rhodes College (Oct. 8). He led the Panthers to their fourth consecutive 20-win year, finishing 22-7 overall and 11-3 in conference play to earn the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Ranked as high as fourth in the region, BSC advanced to the semifinals of the SAA Tournament before falling 3-1 to Berry College.
Six Panthers earned all-conference nods because of their play, headlined by Jeneva Salter and Caroline Johnson who picked up first-team honors. Salter went on to be named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region Honorable Mention team.
White led BSC to its fourth 25+ win season in program history, finishing 2015 at 25-6, marking the second consecutive 20+ win season of his tenure. The Panthers also made their second trip the SAA championship match under White, and reached the NCAA Regional Semifinals in the programs first postseason berth. Five student-athletes were awarded all-conference honors, including SAA Freshman of the Year Salter and fellow All-SAA first teamer Katie McCormack. Both went on to become AVCA Honorable Mention All-America selections. Salter was also named AVCA South Region Freshman of the Year. The Panthers finished the historic season ranked No. 25 on the AVCA poll with 11 named to SAA Academic Honor Roll.
In his first year with the Panthers, White guided his squad to a 24-11 mark, including a trip to the finals of the 2014 SAA Championship. Six of his players earned All-SAA honors, with two going on to be named Honorable Mention All-Region by the AVCA. His squad also posted a team GPA of 3.54 for the 2014-15 academic year, the highest of any of BSC's sports.
White came to BSC after two seasons as Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., where he coached four All-Conference and four NAIA All-Academic players. He also had 12 conference All-Academic recipients and guided the squad to 37 wins over his two seasons at the helm. He currently holds an 86-46 career coaching record.
White came to the Hilltop with extensive coaching experience at both the high school and club team levels. Prior to his tenure at Brenau, he was director and head 18s coach for the GA5 Volleyball Club in Suwanee, Ga., from 2010-12, qualifying for the 2012 national championship. Before that, White was head volleyball coach at Northview High School in Johns Creek, Ga. for seven years, where he won three state titles (2005, 2007, 2008) and coached three state players of the year. His record at Northview was an impressive 211-99. White also served as director and head 14s, 16s coach for TCA Volleyball Club in Atlanta from 2006-08, and was the head 15s coach for A5 Volleyball Club, also in Atlanta, from 2004-05. Additionally, White served as head volleyball coach at Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, Ga., from 1997-2001, and was the head junior varsity and assistant varsity boy’s volleyball coach at Westlake High School in Westlake Village, Calif., from 1996-1997.
White, a native of California, also earned many coaching honors, being named Georgia High School Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2001, 2005, and 2008, and AJC Girl's Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2008. He was named Region 6AAAA Girl's Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001, and served as head coach for the Georgia Girl's Senior All-Star Volleyball matches in 2001, 2005, and 2008.
White earned his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from California State University Northridge in 1992, and then earned his Master's in Health Studies from the University of Alabama in 2003. On August 1, 2014, he earned his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia; the title of his dissertation was 'A Study of Mentoring in Volleyball Coaching'.
He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Birmingham.