Huskies Welcome New Assistant Football Coach
Feb. 8, 2008
SEATTLE - University of Washington head football coach Tyrone Willingham has hired Brian White, a former national assistant coach of the year and offensive coordinator in the Big East and Big Ten conferences, to serve as an assistant coach. White is expected to be in charge of tight ends and special teams. However, his specific assignment could be adjusted depending on Willingham's final decision on the open running backs coaching position.
White will officially begin his duties at Washington immediately.
"I am really excited to have such an experienced and innovative coach as Brian White join our staff," said Willingham. "He has a great background, having coached nearly every position on the offensive side of the football. And, his experience as offensive coordinator in the Big Ten and Big East conferences should really bring an added dimension to our program. I am confident that will make a positive impact with our players, coaches and staff."
White, 42, has served the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Syracuse University under head coach Greg Robinson. Prior to his time with the Orange, he served 11 years as running backs coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Wisconsin.
He was named the Division I Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in 2004 under Barry Alvarez and helped lead the Badgers to nine bowl appearances, including Rose Bowl selections in 1999 and 2000. During his tenure in Madison, Wis., White mentored 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, 2001 NFL first-round draft choice Michael Bennett and 2001 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Anthony Davis. Wisconsin won Big Ten Conference championships in 1998 and 1999.
White entered coaching in 1986 as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons at Fordham University before joining Lou Holtz as a graduate assistant for two seasons at the University of Notre Dame. While in South Bend, the Irish won the 1988 national title with a Fiesta Bowl victory over West Virginia.
In 1990, White entered his first full-time position in 1990 as the quarterbacks coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He moved over to coach running backs at UNLV for two seasons before taking a position as receivers coach at the University of Nevada for the 1993 season. While in Reno, he helped lead the Wolf Pack offense that led the nation in total offense (582.7 ypg) and passing offensive (401 ypg). He returned to UNLV as passing game coordinator for the 1994 season before moving to Wisconsin.
An 1986 graduate of Harvard University, White earned his a master's degree from Fordham in 1987 and a master's degree in business administration from Notre Dame in 1990 A native of Haverhill, Mass., White and his wife, Salli, have a daughter, Cassidy, and a son, Jackson. One of his two brothers, Chris, is an assistant football coach at Syracuse and his sister, Geralyn, won an Oscar for best documentary in 2005 as the producer of "Born into Brothels."