2000 Bulldog Soccer

Coaching Staff

Head Coach
Dr. Darin White

e-mail: dwhite@uu.edu

Dr. Darin White will begin his third season as the head coach for the Bulldogs. 

A native of Alabama, White earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College in 1989.  He received the degrees of Master of Arts (1992) and Doctor of Philosophy (1995) from the University of Alabama.  This past January, White received his National Coaching License form the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

White's soccer career began in high school where he helped guide the Vestavia Hills High School team to a state championship in 1984.  In both 1983 and 1984 White was named Team Captain for the Alabama State Olympic Development Team and was selected as a pool player for the South East Olympic Development Team in 1983.

Playing for the nationally-recognized Panthers at Birmingham-Southern, White received the Best Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1987 and the Most Determination Award in 1988. White was the only player from Southern to make the All-Tournament Team for the South Carolina Spartanburg Soccer Tournament in 1987.  Playing soccer in over 20 international matches, White has played in countries such as Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Argentina, and Austria.

White was responsible for coaching the Union Club Soccer team before beginning the varsity program here at Union. In his first season as head coach of the Bulldog Soccer program, White led the team to a NCCAA MidEast Regional title and an automatic berth into the eight team national championship tournament.  This was accomplished by defeating the number one LONGO ranked team in the country in a penalty kick shoot out.  In doing this, Union became the first ever, first-year program to qualify for the National Christian College Athletic Association's national tournament.

His second season at the helm was truly historic.  The Bulldogs achieved their first ever national ranking when College Soccer Weekly ranked the team #1 in the country for two weeks in September.  They also spent several weeks ranked in the NAIA top 25.  In addition, the Bulldogs achieved the longest winning streak in school history when they started the season with 11 straight victories.  Union's defense finished the year ranked 9th nationally, only allowing a stellar 1.16 goals against average.  The season ended with the team winning over 70% of its games with a 14-5 regular season record.  The Bulldogs finished the year as the #3 seed in the NCCAA National Championship tournament in Orlando, FL.

White has earned numerous recognitions in the area of marketing and is Assistant Professor of Business here at Union.  White and his wife Laura have five children, Daniel (7), Corey (6), Avery (4), Bethany (3) and Hannah (1).

Coaching Records (Year by Year)

Year Head Coach Record
1999 Dr. Darin White 14-5
1998 Dr. Darin White 6-16-2

Senior Assistant Coach
Russ White

Russ White (Coach "Dad") is a 1965 graduate of Henderson State University in Arkansas. During his high school and college years, he was involved with several sports teams and excelled in basketball where he earned All-State honors.

He served two years as an officer in the Army Chemical Corps before joining Pfizer as a sales representative in 1967. He has been employed by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.. for the past 32 years and has served in several different capacities. The majority of these years (25) have been in management where he has successfully lead various management teams. On several occasions his teams have won the top national honor. He was inducted into Pfizer's Hall of Fame in 1995 and continues to serve as a management consultant for the company.

Coach White's many years of experience in building highly successful teams, both in the sports world and the business world, will be a valuable asset to the Bulldog program.

Senior Assistant Coach
Dr. James Huggins

Dr. Huggins returns for his third season as an assistant coach for the Union University Bulldogs. During high school, Huggins participated in a number of individual and team sports, excelling in the sprint events of track and field. However, he continued the sport of boxing into his college years. Coach Huggins began coaching multiple sports in youth leagues over 15 years ago, but only last year attempted coaching at the collegiate level. Huggins graduated with his BSA (1975) and his MS (1977) from Arkansas State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Memphis in 1985. He has done additional study at the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee, Memphis and Mid-America Seminary. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology.

Dr. Huggins serves in many roles for the soccer program -- but one of his most important is "Academic Coach". In this role he tracks and monitors our players academic progress throughout their four year career. One of the main things the coaching staff requires to be a part of this team is ACADEMIC EFFORT. The players that help us the most will naturally keep their priorities straight: soccer a high second, but academics an undisputed first. On the first day of summer camp you will be ask to turn a copy of your schedule into our Academic Coach. We track your class attendance and performance. To be part of the Union Bulldog team you must commit yourself to not skipping classes and making the best grades possible. We expect to have the highest GPA average of any team on campus.

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