USA Men's Team Member To Join Duck Softball Coaching Staff

Sept. 19, 2002

EUGENE - The University of Oregon softball staff is complete after the hiring of assistant coach Mike White, head coach Kathy Arendsen announced today. White, currently a pitcher for the USA Men's National Team, will work primarily with Oregon's pitchers and catchers, according to Arendsen.

'Mike's expertise allows me to truly be the head coach,' Arendsen said. 'He will do a phenomenal job and I can focus on the whole team. He is a world class athlete and a tremendous addition to our staff. We are thrilled to be together as a staff and I feel like we have top-notch personnel.'

White (11/19/61) has over 24 years of national and international experience as a premier fastpitch softball player, including five consecutive trips to the International Softball Federation World Tournament, in which White's team won two gold, two silver and one bronze medal. In 1996, White pitched a perfect game against Canada to lead his team to a gold medal.

A native New Zealander, White is a former member of the New Zealand National Team where he was chosen New Zealand pitcher of the year three times and won six New Zealand Club national championships. Also an active member on the ASA national scene, White was a seven-time ASA All-American selection.

In preparation for the 2000 Olympics, White worked with USA Women's team pitchers, including Gold Medalist Lisa Fernandez, Michelle Smith, Lori Harrigan and Christa Williams.

White is a 1989 graduate of Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Management.

TRANSACTIONS - University of Oregon named Mike White assistant softball coach.

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