Kenneth White has been promoted to assistant men’s basketball coach at Campbell University, head coach Kevin McGeehan announced. White has spent the last two seasons on the Fighting Camel staff, including the 2016-17 campaign as director of basketball operations.
“Kenneth White is an excellent basketball coach,” said McGeehan, who is entering his fifth year in charge of the program. “Our relationship dates back many years as I was an assistant and recruiting his players from Lausanne High School to the University of Richmond. His passion and knowledge were evident when I saw his teams play or watched practice. We were fortunate to have him in an operations role these last two years and now I know he will flourish in a larger role in our program both on the court and on the road. Kenneth White’s promotion to assistant coach is an absolute slam dunk, no doubt about it.”
During his time at Campbell, White has mentored point guard, Chris Clemons, the second leading scorer in Division I (25.1 ppg). Campbell recorded 19 wins in 2016-2017, the second most victories in the school’s Division I history. After reaching the title game of the Big South Conference Championship, the program also recorded its first ever post-season win by advancing to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com tournament.
“I am extremely blessed and humbled to be moving into the assistant coaching role here at Campbell University,” said White. “I want to thank Coach McGeehan for his confidence in me and giving me this opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with our student-athletes in a different capacity and helping to continue our growth as a program.”
In his role as assistant coach, White is involved in all aspects of the program with specific responsibilities of serving as the program’s defensive coordinator and overseeing guard development.
While serving as Director of Operations, White was in charge of internal scheduling, served as liaison to the compliance office, oversaw team managers, handled equipment orders and ticket requests and assisted on scouting reports. He joined the program in the summer of 2015 as Director of Player Development.
Before moving to Buies Creek, White spent six years as head boys’ basketball coach at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee.
While at Lausanne, White led his team to the 2013 state championship, two regional championships, and a pair of district titles. Eleven of his players went on to play college basketball, including Cameron Payne, who was the No.-14 selection in the 2015 NBA draft. He also attracted former Kentucky forward and current Sacramento King, Skal Labissiere, and University of Florida signee, Isaiah Stokes.
White has an extensive basketball history, encompassing years of coaching and playing experience on the high school and collegiate levels. He played at national powerhouse and eight-time national champion, Oak Hill Academy, under legendary coach Steve Smith, where his team was ranked as high as No.-2 in the Nation by USA Today.
Upon graduation, White continued his career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the 2000 Final Four Team coached by Bill Guthridge. He earned his B.A. in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001.
In 2001, Kenneth returned to his hometown of Chattanooga to coach girls’ high school basketball at Tyner Academy. There, he helped turn that program into one of the most respected programs in East Tennessee. During his four years there, the team won four district regular season titles, four district tournament titles, one regional championship, and was named Chattanooga Times-Free Press City Team of the year, twice.
In addition to his experience on the high school level, White has served as a head coach in the M33M Elite AAU program. He and his wife Erika are parents of two children, Garrison (9) and Keegan (5).