Idaho State has elevated Joe White to Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach. ISU tweeted the following announcement:
White’s complete BIO from ISU:
Joe White is headed into his first year as Associate Head Coach, and fifth year as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Idaho State men’s basketball. White was hired by Ryan Looney in 2019. Since his hiring in Pocatello, White has twice been honored as one of the top-50 Most Impactful Low-Major Division 1 men’s basketball assistant coaches in America by Silver Waves Media.
While at Idaho State, White has been instrumental in assisting the Bengals to two of the top finishes ISU has had in the last 20 years.
White has continued to help produce all-conference honorees and improvement. In 2022-23, Brayden Parker and Brock Mackenzie both earned All-Big Sky honors. The Bengals exceeded expectations, after being picked to finish 10th in the preseason polls, ISU’s fifth-place finish earned them just their second first-round bye in the Big Sky Tournament since 2015-16
In 2020-21, White helped the Bengals to their first winning season in five years, seeing a five-game win increase from year one to year two for the Bengals. After being picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll, the Bengals finished fourth and secured a first round bye in the Big Sky Tournament, their first bye since 2015-16.
In 2021,Tarik Cool, Robert Ford III and Brayden Parker earned all-conference honors. This marks the first time since the 1977-78 season that three Bengals have been honored with all-conference recognition.
As the academic liaison for the team, White has helped take the Bengals to new heights, highlighted by a 3.49 team GPA in the fall semester of 2022-23.
In White’s first seven years of collegiate coaching, he saw win increases every season with the teams he coached. Idaho State is the third program that has seen a marked increase in wins from year one of White’s coaching to year two including Idaho State’s first tournament victory in 10 years with their win over Northern Arizona in 2019-20.
In 2020-21, White helped the Bengals to one of the best defenses in the NCAA. At the end of the season, ISU ranked No. 1 in the Big Sky Conference and No. 10 in Division I in defensive stats holding opponents to 61.7 ppg. The Bengals also ranked #1 in defensive field goal percentage and No. 1 in defensive rebounding in the Big Sky.
In addition to on-court coaching, White’s duties at Idaho State consist of, but are not limited to; Recruiting Coordinator, Academics, Game Scheduling, Player Development and Creating and Presenting Scouting Reports.
In 2018-19, White was promoted to the head coach at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. White led his Lane Titans team to a 27-4 record, Southern Region Championship, and a 3rd place finish in the NWAC Tournament.
In 2017-18 White joined the Lane CC staff as an assistant coach, that year was highlighted by the play of Kylor Kelley who went on to play at Oregon State and the San Antonio Spurs organization. Kylor is now with the Toronto 905. Before that, White worked at Tacoma Community College as an assistant coach.
In White’s third and final season at Tacoma Community College, he helped lead the Titans to the NWAC championship game.
In his five years in the NWAC, White was responsible for recruiting one MVP, one DPOY, and a total of eight all-conference players.
From 2008-13, White played at Southern Oregon University and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. In 2010, he played a season professionally for Club La Salle of Guayaquil, Ecuador.
He was born in San Diego, California and raised in Pleasant Hill, Oregon.
White earned his Master’s Degree of Physical Education – Athletic Administration from Idaho State University in 2023.
He is married to Sidra White and the two have a son named Champ and a dog named Hooper.