The desire to be the head men’s basketball coach at the Division I level has led Ole Miss assistant coach Mike White back to the state of Louisiana. White, a former Rebel basketball standout who most recently served as a member of Andy Kennedy’s staff, was hired by Louisiana Tech today to help lead the Bulldogs to the top of the Western Athletic Association and beyond.
White was introduced as La. Tech’s 17th head basketball coach this morning at a press conference held at the Charles Wyly Athletic Center. White has served as an assistant to Kennedy for the past five seasons prior to him getting the job in Ruston, La. He started his coaching career at Jacksonville State in 2001 before returning to Oxford and coaching one season under one of his former college coaches, Rod Barnes.
White played high school basketball at Jesuit in New Orleans while his father served as Tulane’s atheltics director. White will take over a La. Tech team that finished the 2010-11 season with a 12-20 overall record and 2-14 mark in the WAC. La. Tech has not made the NCAA Touranment since the 1989 season. (March 30, 2011, Page 6)