Donald White

Donald White (1898-1983)

Teams coached: Washington University Bears, Connecticut Huskies, Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Washington (MO) record: 102-112 (.477)
Connecticut record: 94-59 (.614)
Rutgers record: 105-161 (.395)
Overall record: 301-332 (.476)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1962-1963 Rutgers
1945-1956 Rutgers
1936-1945 Connecticut
1923-1935 Washington University

Donald White Facts

  • Donald S. White
  • Born April 22, 1898
  • Died July 12, 1983
  • Hometown: Lebanon, Indiana
  • Alma Mater: Purdue University (BA, 1922)
  • Won two state titles at Lebanon HS (IN) then starred for Ward “Piggy” Lambert at Purdue
    • Twice earned all-conference honors and helped lead Purdue to the 1921 Big Ten title as a senior
  • Started his coaching career in 1923, when he was hired as head coach at Washington University in Missouri
    • Went 102-112 with the Bears, who were then members of the Missouri Valley at the sport’s highest level
  • Next stop was at UConn, where he led the Huskies for nine seasons
  • Final collegiate head coaching stop was at Rutgers, where he coached for 12 seasons (over 2 stints)
  • Left Rutgers in 1956 when he was tabbed by the US State Department to start a basketball program in Thailand
    • Coached the Thailand national team at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, though they finished 15th out of 15 nations
  • Returned to coaching Rutgers for one more season (1962-63), during which he got his 300th collegiate victory

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