BUIES CREEK – Former West Virginia standout and two-time Big East Offensive Player of the Year Pat White has joined Campbell’s football coaching staff as pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, officially announced this week by head coach Mike Minter.
White comes to Buies Creek after spending the 2021 season at Alabama State, also coaching the Hornets’ QBs.
Prior to Alabama State, White spent one year as the running backs coach at South Florida, and worked with the San Diego Chargers during NFL Preseason Camp. The Daphne, Ala. Native also coached back-to-back SWAC Offensive Players of the Year at Alcorn State from 2018-19.
White made an immediate impact in two seasons at Alcorn State, coaching alongside former WVU teammate Ryan Stanchek, who was the offensive coordinator. White coached two different quarterbacks to SWAC Offensive Player of the Year honors as the Braves won back-to-back SWAC Championships and made a pair of appearances in the Celebration Bowl.
In 2019, White coached SWAC Offensive Player of the Year and First-Team HBCU All-America quarterback Felix Harper. Harper ranked fourth in the nation in passing touchdowns (33), fifth in points responsible for per game (19.7), seventh in passing efficiency (160.7) and eighth in yards per completion (14.5). He was named a finalist for the HBCU Player of the Year award, and one of four finalists for the C Spire Conerly Trophy, which was awarded to the best player in the state of Mississippi.
In his first season with Alcorn State in 2018, White developed quarterback Noah Johnson into the SWAC Offensive Player of the Year and SWAC Championship Game Offensive MVP. Johnson was one of four finalists for the HBCU Player of the Year award and one of 25 finalists for the Walter Payton Award, honoring the best player in FCS. He also was among four finalists for the C Spire Conerly Trophy. The Braves led the SWAC in total offense with 473.3 yards per game and ranked seventh in all of FCS in first downs and top 10 in time of possession.
One of the most explosive athletes in college football during his playing career, White posted a 35-8 record as the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers (sixth all-time in the NCAA record books for QB victories at the time), and became the first quarterback to have started and won four bowl games. He was named MVP of a bowl game three times (Gator, Fiesta & Meineke Car Care) and led WVU to an upset victory over the No. 9-ranked SEC champion Georgia in the 2006 BCS Nokia Sugar Bowl and a stunning 20-point upset over No. 4-ranked Big 12 champion Oklahoma in the 2008 BCS Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Named Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and a first-team All-Big East honoree three times (2006-08), White finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting in 2007 and seventh in 2008. White finished his career with 6,051 yards and 56 touchdowns passing and 4,480 yards and 47 touchdowns rushing for a West Virginia record of 10,531 total yards and 103 touchdowns, the only player in Big East history to ever account for over 100 touchdowns from any position and the second-most total yards in league history.
His rushing total set the then NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback. In the 48-28 victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, he earned the MVP award after passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 150 yards. ESPN ranked White’s performance in the Fiesta Bowl as the No. 9 best in BCS bowl game history.
White ended his senior season of 2009 with career highs of 1,844 yards and 21 touchdowns passing 974 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. One of only nine players in NCAA history to rush for 200 yards and pass for 200 yards in a game, White posted the highest single-game rushing total by a quarterback in Big East history with 247 yards against Syracuse on Oct. 14, 2006. He posted three of the top seven highest rushing games in WVU history.
He was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia in 2008, White was selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He also played professionally with the Virginia Destroyers (2011) in the United Football League, the Washington Redskins (2013), and the Edmonton Eskimos (2014) in the Canadian Football League.
Also a professional baseball prospect, White was a fourth round pick of the Anaheim Angels in the 2004 MLB Draft coming out of high school, the first of four times he was selected in the draft. He was picked again by the Angels in 2007, also being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds (2008) and New York Yankees (2009), while signing with the Miami Marlins and Kansas City Royals, where he spent time in the Fall Instructional League.
A native of Daphne, Ala., White rushed for 1,905 yards and 31 touchdowns his senior year at Daphne HS while passing for 1,488 yards and 15 touchdowns. He earned a spot on the ASWA Super 12 team for the 2003 season, when the Trojans lost to Hoover in the Class 6A championship game. In White’s sophomore season, Daphne defeated Hoover in the 6A state title game. He also won two state championships as both a pitcher and outfielder in baseball.
White has two daughters, Daphne and Clara.