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James L. White (coach)

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James L. White
James L. White.jpg
Cavalier football player James White
at Virginia's Lambeth Field in 1916
Biographical details
Born(1893-01-12)January 12, 1893
Memphis, Tennessee
DiedDecember 10, 1949(1949-12-10) (aged 56)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1919Virginia (assistant)
1920–1921Wake Forest
1920–1921Wake Forest
1921Wake Forest
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1920–1921Wake Forest
Head coaching record
Overall4–15 (football)
14–27 (basketball)
31–21–4 (baseball)

James Livingston White Jr. (January 12, 1893 – December 10, 1949) was an American college baseball, basketball and football head coach for three different Southern universities, the University of Virginia, Wake Forest College and the University of Florida, in the 1910s and 1920s. He also served as the athletic director for Wake Forest and Florida.

Early life and education

White was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1893. UVA sources claim he spent time in Macon, Georgia.[1] He attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he played for the Virginia football team from 1913 to 1916,[2] the Virginia baseball team from 1914 to 1917.[3] and the Virginia basketball team from 1915 to 1917.[4] The 1914 and 1915 Virginia teams claim regional titles. He graduated from Virginia with a bachelor's degree. During the First World War, he played for the 1917 Camp Gordon football team.

Coaching career

White coached the University of Virginia baseball team while he was an undergraduate in 1917, and again in 1920.[5] In two seasons as his alma mater's head baseball coach, he compiled a win-loss-tie record of 13–9–1.[5]

In the fall of 1920, White became the athletic director for Wake Forest College, then located in Wake County, North Carolina. He also served as the head coach of the Wake Forest Fighting Baptists football team in 1920 and 1921,[6] the Fighting Baptists basketball team from 1920 to 1921,[7] and the Fighting Baptists baseball team in 1921.[8] He compiled win-loss records of 4–15 in football,[9] 7–10 in men's basketball,[7] and 15–5–3 in baseball.[8] He resigned in December 1921.[10]

In 1923, White accepted the athletic director position at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. While at Florida, he also coached the Florida Gators basketball team from 1923 to 1925,[11] the Gators track and field team in 1924,[12] and the Gators baseball team in 1925.[13] During his stints as coach, he led the Gators basketball team to a 7–17 record in two seasons,[11] and the Gators baseball team to 3–6 in a single season.[13]

Cavalier football tradition

White's son, James L. White, III, also played college football for the Virginia Cavaliers from 1939 to 1941,[2] and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1942.

White died December 10, 1949; he was 56 years old.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wake Forest Baptists (Independent) (1920–1921)
1920 Wake Forest 2–7
1921 Wake Forest 2–8
Wake Forest: 4–15
Total: 4–15


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wake Forest Baptists (Independent) (1920–1921)
1920–21 Wake Forest 7–10
Wake Forest: 7–10
Florida Gators (Southern Conference) (1923–1925)
1923–24 Florida 5–10
1924–25 Florida 2–7
Florida: 7–17
Total: 14–27


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Virginia (Independent) (1917–1920)
1917 Virginia 2–2
1920 Virginia 11–7–1
Virginia: 13–9–1
Wake Forest Baptists (Independent) (1921)
1921 Wake Forest 15–5–3
Wake Forest: 15–5–3
Florida Gators (Southern Conference) (1925)
1925 Florida 3–6
Florida: 3–6
Total: 31–21–4

See also


  1. ^ "University of Virginia Alumni News". 1913.
  2. ^ a b, Football, Cavalier Letterwinners. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  3. ^, Baseball, Cavalier Letterwinners. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  4. ^, Men's Basketball, Letterwinners. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  5. ^ a b, Baseball, All-Time Results. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  6. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, All-Time Coaching Records, J.L. White Records By Year. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  7. ^ a b 2010–11 Wake Forest Men's Basketball Media Guide, Record Book, All-Time Results, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, p. 108 (2010). Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  8. ^ a b 2011 Wake Forest Baseball Media Guide, Year-by-Year Results, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, p. 102 (2011). Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  9. ^ 2010 Wake Forest Football Media Guide, Year-by-Year Results, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, pp. 152 & 193 (2010). Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  10. ^ "Wake Forest Coach Quits," Atlanta Constitution (December 11, 1921). Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  11. ^ a b 2010–11 Florida Gators Men's Basketball Media Guide, Gator History & Records Archived 2011-09-02 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 113, 123–124 (2010). Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  12. ^ 2010 University of Florida Track & Field Media Guide Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 136 (2009). Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  13. ^ a b 2011 Florida Gators Baseball  Media Supplement Archived 2011-09-02 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 109 & 112 (2011). Retrieved April 24, 2011.
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