Feb. 4, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin head volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield has announced the hiring of Gary White as an assistant coach.
“I am so happy to be able to bring Gary into our program,” said Sheffield. “He has been on my staff the past couple of years and has proven to be invaluable. First of all, nobody outworks him. He is constantly thinking of ways to make the program better and is a real student of the game. Secondly, he is really good in the gym. He is a great trainer and players love playing for, and working with him.
“Bringing Gary onboard not only allows us to hit the ground running as a staff because he understands how we do things, but this was also a great hire for us in the long run and for our program.”
White has served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Dayton the last two seasons where his duties included on-court training, opponent video breakdown, and overseeing the program's statistical and video analysis systems. White also served as the Flyers’ setting coach, aiding Samantha Selsky to two All-America honors. Selsky was also named the Atlantic 10 Conference Setter of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
“I’m ecstatic to become an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin,” said White. “Having spent only a few days in Madison, I immediately felt the excitement of a city, a strong community, and a university that supports everything it means to become the best you can be.
“I’ve been able to follow the University of Wisconsin since I was in college and to be able to become part of the great traditions here is amazing. Wisconsin offers the best of what a college experience is all about – a world-class education, an excellent athletic department, being a part of a capital city, and on top of all that, being surrounded by a community that supports us in our push for greatness.”
In White’s two seasons at Dayton, the Flyers won two A-10 titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament both seasons. During his time, UD compiled a 52-12 overall record and a 28-1 conference mark.
White also served as a head coach and setting coordinator with the Kingdom Volleyball Club in Springfield, Ohio, for one season and with the Virginia Elite Volleyball Club in Great Falls. Va., for three years. While coaching with those clubs, White trained more than 20 future Division I and III athletes while overseeing all aspects of training including team and individual development.
He also worked summer camps at Dayton, Illinois and the Summer Slam Team Camp in Versailles, Ohio.
“Kelly has been a mentor for me for the past couple years and he is one of the great minds in our sport,” said White of Sheffield. “When you speak with him, you feel his passion and his desire to not only train individuals and teams to be great at our sport, but to also seek out excellence in their lives. Kelly has the desire, drive, and skills to lead teams to titles and championships and I look forward to being a part of that process.”
White earned his bachelor’s degree in information sciences and technology from Penn State in 2007 and his master’s degree in systems engineering from George Washington in 2010. Prior to joining the University of Dayton, the Perkasie, Pa., native spent five years as a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin and The SI Organization in the Washington, D.C., area.
“Having worked with Kelly, Brittany (Dildine), and Jess (Yanz) before, I’m excited to get this ball rolling,” said White. “My background includes an unconventional path of engineering and information sciences, but it’s that background that has provided me with the ability to focus on the analytical side of our sport. I look forward to each and every day I spend with our team and I’m excited to get going.”