White is also known for having graduated from Harvard & also earning 2 graduate degrees from Fordham & Notre-Dame.
White was an assistant coach at Florida from 2009-14 under head coaches Urban Meyer and Will Muschamp. In 2013-14, the Florida rushing unit averaged 5.1 yards per carry & scored a total of 36 touchdowns on the ground. In 2012, White led a rushing attack that ranked 3rd in the SEC (188.0). That same season, White coached Mike Gillislee to the first 1,000-yard season at UF since 2004 and just the 10th all-time. Gillislee earned first-team All-SEC honors in his only year as a starting tailback.
During the Muschamp era, White was also handed the play-calling duties following Charlie Weis’ departure from the Gators to become the coach at Kansas. Under Weis, the Gators failed to crack the nation’s top 70 in total offense, scoring offense, rushing offense and passing offense.
While coaching the Ohio State Buckeyes, Urban Meyer accused Florida & specifically Brian White for some supposed violations. White apparently “bumped” Curtis Samuel, a running back/athlete from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. This much was more or less indisputable because that ended up being written up at Inside the Gators, Rivals’ Florida site. Ohio State’s compliance office told The Columbus Dispatch’s Tim May that it turned White into the Big Ten office for a possible NCAA recruiting violation. What is disputable is Urban Meyer’s involvement, because while Meyer flatly denied being responsible for turning in White to the Dispatch and to The Gainesville Sun. Radio host Clay Travis had “sources” saying that “Meyer and Ohio State” turned in White for the violation, & his story of Meyer turning in a man he hired at Florida & his former school over a big-time recruit is the breathless stuff that makes message boards hum.
White has enjoyed collegiate success as a coordinator, serving at Wisconsin in that capacity from 1999-2006 under former coach Barry Alvarez, the school’s all-time wins leader. The Badgers featured a physical running game, highlighted by running back Ron Dayne’s 1999 Heisman Trophy-winning season.
Over his career, White has coached in 20 bowl games & served on coaching staffs that have won a national title and two league championships. He had coaching stops at UNLV, Nevada, Syracuse, Washington & Notre-Dame in addition to Florida, BC & Colorado State.
After leaving the gators in 2014, White became the running back coach & WR coach at Boston College under Steve Addazio. He remained there till 2019.
He was then named Colorado State’s senior associate head coach and running backs coach as part of Steve Addazio’s initial coaching staff in January 2020.
One of the nation’s preeminent developers of talent at the running back position, Brian White came to Fort Collins after five years at Boston College.
A two-year starter at quarterback for Harvard (1983-86), White earned his bachelor’s degree in History (1986) from Harvard before going on to earn a master’s in Communications from Fordham where he was a graduate assistant in coaching. Following Fordham, White earned his MBA at Notre Dame in 1990.
White and his wife, Salli, have two children: Cassidy and Jackson.
Shane & Brian will discuss Football, Gators, Colorado State, his coaching days at UF, his 3 degrees & more.