In five seasons as head coach at Albany State University, Mike White has taken the Golden Rams' footbal program through a major rebuilding process and placed it at the top ranks of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
White led the Golden Rams to a spectacular 11-1 overall record and a perfect 10-0 regular season during the 2004 season, and captured the team's second consecutive SIAC Championship. The Golden Rams made an impressive appearance in the NCAA Division II Football Championships. Ranked first in the Southeast Region and second in the nation, the Golden Rams received a first round bye. During the second round, Albany State defeated the Arkansas Tech University Wonder Boys, 42-24, but lost tost to Valdosta State University Blazers, 38-24, in the quarterfinals.
White's 2004 Golden Rams were the first Division II team since 1978 to participate in the NCAA quarterfinals level. Before the lost to Valdosta State in the playoffs, White lead the Golden Rams to a 19-game winning streak, which was the longest winning streak in Division I1 football. Albany State was the only undefeated black college team during the regular season.
Named head football coach in 1999, White replaced the retired Hampton "Hamp" Smith, and has continued to score for the Golden Rams Athletic Program. During the 2003 and 2002 seasons, he was also named SIAC Coach of the Year, and was honored by the 100% Wrong Club of Atlanta, GA. He was the recipient of the Charles B. Fisher Award from the Pigskin Club of Washington, DC. in 2003.
White, who became assistant head coach in May, 1997, has been coaching for the Golden Rams football program since 1984, when he joined the staff as defensive line coach. A former Golden Rams football standout, he has been the defensive coordinator for 19 years and has distinguished himself as one of the best defensive masterminds in the game.
Known for his aggressive coaching style, White has coached professional football standouts, including Jeff Hunter, who played with the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills; Christ Sheffield who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dan Land of the Oakland Raiders, and Kenny Gant of the Dallas Cowboys to name a few.
Prior to joining the Golden Rams coaching staff, White enjoyed a stellar five-year professional football career. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round in 1979, and played with the Seattle Seahawks from 1981 until 1983. During his collegiate career, White was a two-time Pittsburgh Courier All-American player in 1977 and 1978. He was the SIAC Player of the Year in 1978 and was three-time All SIAC team member in 1976, 1977 and 1978.
An Augusta, Georgia native, He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Master's in Health and Physical Education from Albany State in 1990 and 1999, respectively. Active in professional and civic organizations, White is a member of the American Football Coaches Association, Black Coaches Association, and National football Alumni League. He and his wife, Phyllis, are members of the First Institutional Baptist Church.