coaching staff

Year-by-Year Season Records

Dr. Darin White, Head Coach
Phone:  731-661-5108
Email:  dwhite@uu.edu

Dr. Darin White is now in his 12th season as the head coach for the Bulldogs. The first four years of White’s coaching career was from 1994-1997 as the head coach of the club team prior to the team being named varsity in 1998. From 1995-1997, the Union club team was a member of the Southeastern Conference Club League.

Last season, White led the Union Bulldogs to the best postseason finish in the history of Union socer. The Bulldogs advanced to their first NAIA Region XI tournament in the eight-year history of the program, advancing to the semifinals.

White has brought the Union University Bulldogs to a new competitive level over the short history of the program. Over the first eight years of the program, White has compiled an overall record of 81-61-8. From 1999-2003, White has led Union to six consecutive seasons of .500 or better soccer. During his tenure, White has also coached the Bulldogs to five NCCAA MidEast Region Championships and one NCCAA National Championship (2003). 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.

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 from 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 in 1998, 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 (NCCAA) national tournament.

His second season at the helm was truly historic in 1999. 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 seven children, Daniel (12), Corey (11), Avery (9), Bethany (8) Hannah (6), Abigail (4) and John (2).

Russ White, Assistant Coach

Russ White (Coach "Dad") is a 1965 graduate of Henderson State University in Arkansas, and father of Head Coach Darin White. 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 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 has been, and will continue to be, a valuable asset to the Bulldog program.

Clovis Simas, Assistant Coach

Clovis Simas joins the Union Bulldog coaching staff this season in his first year as a varsity assistant coach and the junior varsity head coach. He was a Bulldog soccer player during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In just two seasons with Union, Simas became a favorite among his teammates and the coaching staff with his hard work on and off the field, as well as, his outstanding personality.

During his playing career, Simas served as Team Captain and was named an NCCAA Scholar Athlete in 2003. He was an instrumental part in Union 2003 NCCAA National Championship. In 2002, his first season with Union, Simas was named to the TranSouth All-Conference Team, as well as, the NCCAA All-MidEast Region Team. Overall, Simas scored 13 goals and 17 assists in his two seasons with the Bulldogs.

Simas, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, graduated Cum Laude from Union in December of 2004 with a degree in Marketing with a minor in Spanish. His cumulative GPA was 3.59.

Simas has numerous soccer coaching credentials and experience. He was certified through the National Soccer Coaches Association of America when he received his Advanced National Coaching License in 2003. During his time since finishing his playing career at Union, Simas served as coach for the Union women’s soccer club team from 2002-2003. He also was the boy’s varsity head coach at Trinity Christian Academy in 2003. In addition, Simas has worked with the Englewood Baptist Soccer Academy and the Jackson Club – Under 10 league.

Among his numerous soccer achievements, Simas represented the Brazilian National Team and helped lead the team to the FIFA Futsal World Cup Title in 1996. That season, he led the team in points.

 

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