Coach White (right) works with Max Christie at the USA Basketball Mini-Camp that was held Oct. 5-7 at the USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo: Sharman White

A highly-esteemed individual joins Pace Academy as not only Associate Director of Athletics, but also as head boys basketball coach. In his over 20 years of coaching, Sharman White has won more than 80 percent of the games he has played and earned no shortage of prestige along the way.

After getting a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern and master’s degree from Coppin State University, Coach White’s career began at Carver High School in Atlanta. He then coached and served as athletic director for 10 years at Miller Grove High School, but switched to the collegiate level in 2016 as an assistant basketball coach for the Georgia State Panthers.

Coach White is excited to coach on the high school level once again. “[Coaching in college], you’re basically working with grown men, which is different than working with guys in high school,” he said. “When teaching in high school, you’re showing them the ropes, and trying to get them to the point of where they want to be – if they want to go to college to play, or if they just want to get a good experience out of it.”

Growing up, Coach White did play basketball. However, he always saw himself being a coach one day. “When I was younger, I coached little kids in my neighborhood just because I wanted to be a coach,” he said. “It didn’t take much for me to understand that and know that.”  

He pursued his dream, and he happens to be quite good at it. Of all the titles he has earned, he has been most humbled by leading the USA Basketball Under-16 Junior National Team to a gold medal in Argentina in 2016, and by being named National Coach Of The Year on two separate occasions. The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) recognized him as Coach of the Year in 2016 and USA Today named him the 2013-2014 USA Today National Coach of the Year.

The Pace basketball players started working out with Coach White at the end of August and are looking forward to their season under his leadership. “Coach White is a very organized and composed coach,” said sophomore Josh Mininberg. “[His] experience will show during the season, as he will bring high-level schemes as well as the right kind of basketball.” Senior Myles Todd also has high expectations for the season. “Practices just started, but I already see potential in the team,” said Todd. “I think that Coach White will be great because he has coached so many high schoolers, so he knows what to expect.”

So far, Coach White has been loving his time at Pace. “I think it’s a great place,” he said. “I love the culture of the school; I love the faculty, the students, the community, the parents. I think this is one big family and it’s an honor to be able to work here and to be a part of it.”