FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former Razorback student-athlete and Texas-Arlington assistant coach Kyle White has been named to the Arkansas track and field staff to take over the sprints, hurdles and relay groups.
“Kyle has done a tremendous job for Coach Sauerhage at Texas-Arlington with the sprinters and the hurdlers and that is an area we want to continue to strengthen,” McDonnell said. “He is a former Razorback high jumper and hurdler and is from Texas originally. He is familiar with our system and will be a huge asset to our program.”
White, a native of Arlington, Texas, has 12 years of Division I coaching experience and spent the last seven seasons as an assistant under head coach John Saurhage at Texas-Arlington. During his time coaching the Mavericks’ sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and relays, White’s athletes earned 106 individual Southland Conference titles. He was also a member of eight men’s and women’s Southland Conference team championships, including the 2000-2001 women’s triple crown.
White’s Maverick student-athletes accounted for 23 school records in the jumps, sprints, hurdles and relays. He coached 21 national qualifiers, 20 provisional qualifiers, 63 regional qualifiers and six went on to earn All-America honors. 124 of White’s athletes are listed on the all-time top five performance lists in school history in the respective events.
His recent accomplishments include coaching Jared Connaughton, in the 200 meters, to a 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships appearance and a bronze medal at the North America Central America Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic. Connaughton, who posted a season-best 20.70 in the event, clocked a 21.22 in the prelims and a 21.14 in the finals at the NACAC Under-23 Championships. Connaughton was also the 2006 Southland Conference Outdoor Champion in the 100 and 200 meters.
Additionally, White also coached the 2000 and 2001 Drake Relays 100-meter champion LaQuinta Manahan, the 2002 and 2005 Drake Relays Shuttle Hurdle Relay Champion and the 2003 Drake Relays men’s 4×100-meter champion.
Prior to his arrival in Arlington, White spent time as an assistant coach at Bucknell (1995-97), where he coached 14 Patriot League champions and was a member of four Patriot League team championships, and at East Tennessee State (1992-95), where he coached two Southern Conference champions and was a member of two Southern Conference team championships, under legendary head coach Dave Walker.
White competed on the collegiate level for the University of Arkansas (1986-89) and earned three All-Southwest Conference accolades. During his tenure with the Hog track and field program, the squad won two NCAA titles and five SWC championships.
Before his time in Fayetteville, White was a football, basketball and track and field lettermen at Arlington High School. He high jumped and hurdled for coach Gerald Richey, a current UTA assistant track and field coach.
White received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UA and went on to receive a master’s degree in physical education from East Tennessee State. He is married to Dr. Allison A. White and spends his off-season recruiting and teaching jump techniques and speed dynamics at clinics around the nation.
He is also a consultant for Power Tek Fitness, a multi-sport speed, strength and conditioning business that works with professional and Olympic athletes in the USA and Canada.