16 Conference Titles | Two NCAA Playoff Appearances 27 All-Americans | Four Academic All-Americans | One Rhodes Scholar 1921 National Champions

Tony Joe White
Tony Joe White
Title: Offensive Coordinator
Phone: (859) 238-5450
Email: tonyjoe.white@centre.edu
Year: 8th year at Centre
Hometown: Wolfe City, Texas
College: Texas State University `97

Coach White has served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Centre College since joining the staff in 2008.

White has coached 21 First Team all-conference performers since joining the Colonel staff.

Under White’s guidance, the Colonel offense has established several school records in three consecutive seasons. Centre set a new record for most yards in a season in 2015 with 4,991 total yards, topping the previous marks of 4,841 yards in 2014 and 4,453 yards set by White and the Colonels in 2013. Centre also captured single-season program records with 499.1 yards per game in 2015 and 833 total plays in 2014.

The Colonels tallied the most total yards (769) and rushing yards (536) for a single game since at least 1962 in a dominating 63-7 performance at Hanover to open the 2015 season.

Centre compiled 500-plus yards of offense in five games in 2015 and had seven games with at least 400 yards. The Colonels finished 16th in NCAA Division III in total offense in 2015, as well. 

White also coached quarterback Heath Haden, who closed an outstanding career at Centre in 2015 with school records of 8,872 passing yards, 68 passing touchdowns and 10,623 total yards.

Haden tied the single-game school record with 445 passing yards in a 42-26 win over Birmingham Southern in 2015. 

In 2013, new individual single-game records were established for most rushing yards (254), rushing touchdowns (5), and total touchdowns (6) by running back Harry Meisner, receptions (12) by wide receiver Austin Jones, and passing attempts (53) by quarterback Heath Haden. Meisner also set single-season program records with 24 touchdowns and 144 points in 2013, while Haden led the SAA in passing yards per game and completions.

White and the Colonel offense produced 1,000-yard rushers in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and ’14.  Meisner tallied 1,036 rushing yards in 2013, while First Team All-SAA selection Nolan Coulter rushed for 1,162 yards in 2014, which paced the SAA and ranks third for a single season in program history. Prior to 2013, Centre’s last 1,000-yard rusher was Kris Garrett in 1995.

White and the Colonel offense also had a 1,000-yard receiver in 2014 in First Team All-SAA selection Max Mazza. Mazza set a single-season program record with 1,153 receiving yards, a figure that also led the SAA and ranked 17th in NCAA Division III.

Prior to his tenure at Centre, White was the quarterbacks coach at Belhaven University (Miss.). While at Belhaven, his quarterbacks led the nation in pass offense in 2006 with 343 yards per game and scored more than 32 points per game. In 2007, White’s quarterbacks threw for more than 350 yards per game, finished second in the country in pass offense and averaged 33 points per game.

White also coached at FCS Southeast Missouri State University from 2000 to 2004. The SEMO offense averaged more than 410 yards per game in the five seasons White was there. White was also the special teams coordinator at SEMO and annually had some of the top kicking units in the OVC. Coach White has also coached at Southwest Baptist University from 1998 to 1999 and was a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech University (1997).

White earned a Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Political Science from Texas State University in San Marcos in 1997. Coach White was a quarterback at Texas A&M University–Commerce from 1991 to 1993.

Coach White, and his wife, Meredith live in Danville with their two children, Emily and Tucker.

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