Robbie Church announced on Monday the addition of Chris White as goalkeeper coach, effective immediately.DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University women’s soccer head coach
“We’re happy to announce Chris White joining our staff as goalkeeper coach,” Church said. “He brings a wealth of experience in a lot of different areas. He has worked with high-level goalkeepers, he’s worked on leadership programs, he is a real student of the game and he’s traveled to many international countries to perfect his craft. So we’re excited to have Chris. We think he’ll bring a lot to the table with our goalkeepers.”
White replaces Steve Springthorpe, who accepted the head coach position at Tennessee Tech in December.
“I am very excited to be joining the Blue Devil staff,” White said. “Basically one of the biggest reasons why I accepted the position at Duke was because of Robbie Church, Billy Lesesne and Carla Overbeck. They have to be considered one of the best staffs of the country. Besides the fact that their soccer knowledge is in their back pocket, they have the dedication to student-athlete development on and off the field. They have been doing this so long with so much unbelievable success.”
Over the last three years, White has been the goalkeeper coach at the University of Miami and his alma mater Colgate University. He spent the 2013 campaign with the Hurricanes, following two years with the Raiders.
“The thing that really hit me is the happiness of the young ladies in the program,” commented White. “It is incredible. They just made me feel like I was a part of the family immediately and that meant a tremendous amount to me. When you’ve got happy players, they work hard and they’re bought in.”
In his first season at Colgate, he helped coach the 2011 team to a Patriot League Regular-Season Title with a 4-1-2 league mark and an 11-6-5 overall record. The team had four players named to the All-Patriot League Teams in 2011, including the Patriot League Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year, as well as an Academic All-Patriot League Team and an NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Second Team selection.
White arrived in Colgate after serving as the first assistant coach at Amherst College from 2010-11, where he assisted in all aspects of the program, including training, game preparation, recruiting, on-field coaching and camps/clinics. He was also on Mass ODP field and goalkeeper staff and is a member of the Region I ODP staff. He also works with SoccerPlus, the premier Goalkeeper camps in the USA. In Durham, he will be involved with club teams and with the State and Regional ODP programs.
A 1996 graduate of Colgate University, White was a four-year member of the Raiders’ men’s soccer team, earning All-Patriot League and NSCAA Regional All-America honors as a standout goalkeeper. White also went on to play for Perth Italia, an Australian First Division Soccer Club. After majoring in sociology and anthropology at Colgate, he received a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and later earned a master’s degree in ecology and native studies from the University of North Carolina.
After coaching at the high school level, White settled in Utah and took on a variety of roles. In addition to being a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, he was the head coach of the Skyline High School girls’ varsity soccer team, head coach of two premier club soccer teams (U16 Girls Impact United, U14 Boys Impact United), head coach of Juan Diego Catholic High School, goalkeeper coach of the Utah Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program, and assistant coach for the U14 Boys ODP team. He has an NSCAA Premier Diploma, a USSF "C" License, and the NSCAA's Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma.
Duke returns redshirt senior Meghan Thomas and redshirt junior Ali Kershner in goal in 2014, while bringing in freshman Abby Pyne. The Blue Devils are expected to add one other netminder in the spring.
“I am excited to work with Duke’s current and incoming goalkeepers,” White said. “The goalkeeper group is incredibly hard-working, focused, and they’re hungry. They’re the kind of kids you look forward to working with every afternoon. They learn really fast, work really hard, have a lot of experience and they have great team chemistry.”