Track And Field Wlecomes Kyle Smith To The Farm
Sept. 12, 2008
Edrick Floreal, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field is pleased to announce Kyle White has been hired as the new Stanford assistant coach working with the sprinters, short hurdlers and high jumpers.
'Kyle has worked with Olympic medalists, NCAA and conference champions,' said Floreal. His experience will be a huge plus for our student athletes.'
White comes to Stanford from the University of Arkansas where he spent the last two years as an assistant coach under legendary Razorbacks head coach, John McDonnell.
Last season White coached J-Mee Samuels to third place finishes in both the 60 and 200 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Samuels finished the season ranked second and fourth in those events on Arkansas' All-Time List.
White worked with six athletes that competed in the 2007 IAAF World Championships held in Osaka, Japan. They include Americans Tyson Gay, Wallace Spearmon, Derrick Williams and Samuels, Canadian Jared Connaughton and Jamaican 2-time Olympic Gold-Medalist Veronica Campbell.
Gay won the gold medal in the 100 meters, 200 meters and as a member of the 4x100-meter relay while Campbell won the 100 meters on the women's side.
White, a native of Arlington, Texas, has 14 years of Division I coaching experience and spent seven seasons as an assistant under head coach John Sauerhage at Texas-Arlington. During his time coaching the Mavericks' sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and relays, White's athletes earned 106 individual Southland Conference titles. He was also a member of eight men's and women's Southland Conference team championships.
Prior to his arrival in Arlington, White spent time as an assistant coach at Bucknell (1995-97), where he coached 14 Patriot League champions and was a member of four Patriot League team championships, and at East Tennessee State (1992-95), where he coached two Southern Conference champions and was a member of two Southern Conference team championships, under legendary head coach Dave Walker.
White competed on the collegiate level for the University of Arkansas (1986-89) and earned three All-Southwest Conference accolades. During his tenure with the Arkansas track and field program, the squad won two NCAA titles and five SWC championships.