Year by Year
Dr. Darin White
Dr. Darin White is now in his
sixth season as the head coach for the Bulldogs. He has been Union’s head coach
since the program’s beginning in 1998.
White has helped build a strong
foundation for Union soccer in the short five-year history of the program. In
2002, he completed their fourth straight winning season. White has also led the
Bulldog to four NCCAA MidEast Region Championships in five years and has
appeared in four NCCAA National Tournament. Last season, White’s Bulldogs
earned a 12-10-1 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the TranSouth Conference.
Union earned a NCCAA MidEast Region Championship and also a trip to the NCCAA
National Tournament. Coach White’s most successful season was the 2000 season
as he led that team to a .709 (17-7) regular season winning percentage, the
highest for Union soccer. Union’s defense boasted the 3rd lowest
goals against average in the country and the offense included a player that
finished in the top five in the country for points per game average. The
Bulldogs finished the year as TranSouth Conference Regular Season Runner-Ups,
which was the highest NAIA postseason finish in the five-year history.
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 (8),
Corey (7), Avery (5), Bethany (4) Hannah (2), and Abigail (1).
year-by-year Coaching Records
Dr. Darin White 12-10-1
Dr. Darin White 10-9
Dr. Darin White 17-7
Dr. Darin White 14-5
Dr. Darin White 6-16-2
Senior Assistant Coach
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
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 led 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.
Jeff Lean begins his first season
as a graduate assistant coach for the Union Bulldogs. He has just finished his
playing career in which he was a four year starter as the Union’s goalkeeper.
Lean, a native of Delta, British Columbia, graduated from Union with a Bachelors
of Science degree in Physical Education in May of 2003. He is currently working
on his Masters of Education Degree from Union University.
As a player, Lean was named to the NCCAA All-America team
as a freshman, sophomore, and junior. He was also named an NAIA honorable
mentioned All-American as a sophomore and served the Bulldogs as a team captain
during his senior year. Lean holds 12 Union Soccer records from his time as a
Lean has earned achievements in the soccer profession
including the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coaching
Diploma in the summer of 2002. He was the youngest coach in 2002 to receive
this diploma. He also has earned the Canadian Soccer Association NCCPP Level
One technical and practical diploma. Lean serves as a player development
director for Jackson Soccer Club here locally. He helped develop and also
served as an instructor for the Union summer soccer camps, as well as, an
instructor for the Vanderbilt University Summer Soccer Camps.