Head Coach Darin White
Dr. Darin White will begin his fifth season as the head coach for the Bulldogs.
In 2001, Coach White led the Bulldogs to new heights as they participated in the TranSouth Conference Tournament Championship game for the first time in school history. Union upset the No. 1 seeded Martin Methodist 2-1 in two overtimes to advance to the finals. This marked another major accomplishment for the young Bulldog soccer program. Union finished the 2001 season with a 10-9 record in the toughest season schedule wise in the short four year history. The Bulldogs also captured the West Tennessee Collegiate Soccer Cup and place second in the NCCAA MidEast Region Tournament. In 2002, Union's fifth season of varsity competition, Coach White is poised to build on the the last season's finish and advance further in NAIA post season play.
White, a native of Alabama, 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. White also holds 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, 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 business strategy and is Associate Professor of Business here at Union. White and his wife Laura have six children, Daniel (9), Corey (8), Avery (6), Bethany (5) Hannah (3), and Abigail (2).
Coaching Records (Year by Year)
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.
Graduate Assistant David DeLaughter
David DeLaughter begins his second season as Union’s graduate assistant. DeLaughter graduated from Union in May 2001 with a degree in Marketing and is now working toward a Master of Business Administration. While at Union, he was a member of the first ever varsity soccer team in 1998 and captained the team for three years until his graduation in 2001.
Born in Harare Zimbabwe where his parents were missionaries, DeLaughter spent the first 18 years of his life playing sports in Zimbabwe and Kenya. Soccer has always been his favorite and has since moved from playing on the field to roaming the sidelines as a coach. In July of 2001, DeLaughter attended NSCAA coaching school where he earned his National Coaching License.
David married the former Kara Gilliahan on July 8, 2000 and in February of 2002, welcomed their first child.