THE MIKE WHITE FILE
- Five seasons as Oregon's head coach (2010-14)
- Claimed the program's first ever No. 1 ranking in 2014
- 229-75-1 career record
- 70-40-1 Pac-12 Conference record
- 23-11 postseason record (15-0 in regionals, 5-7 in super regionals, 3-4 at the WCWS)
- Two Pac-12 Conference titles (2013 & 2014) and two third-place Pac-12 finishes (2011 and 2012)
- Two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2013 & 2014)
- Two Women's College World Series trip (2012 & 2014)
- Five NCAA Super Regional appearances (2010-14)
- Five NCAA Regional apperances (2010-14)
- Nine All-Americans (led the NCAA with four in 2013 & three in 2014)
- 25 all-region selections
- Three WCWS all-tournament team picks (Alexa Peterson & Sam Pappas in 2012, Courtney Ceo in 2014)
- 19 all-Pac-12 honorees, 11 all-Pac-12 freshman-team choices, 20 Pac-12 players and pitchers of the week
- National Fastpitch Coaches Association Pacifc Region Coaching Staff of the Year (2013 & 2014)
MIKE WHITE BIOGRAPHY
After leading Oregon to many of its biggest wins in recent memory, head coach Mike White has unquestionably established the Ducks as one of the nation’s top softball programs.
Not surprisingly, his .752 winning percentage (229-75-1) through his first five years is the best all-time among Oregon head coaches (No. 2 is .571). In the postseason, the Ducks are 23-11 under White, compared to a 25-21 ledger in their 11 combined prior NCAA postseason trips.
Oregon had a magical run in 2014, as White guided the Ducks to their most successful season in program history with a 56-9-1 record and 20-3-1 Pac-12 mark.
Oregon won a program-record 56 games in 2014 while advancing to the Women's College World Series for the third time in program history. The Ducks were the No. 1 team in the nation for the first time in program history as well and held on to the No. 1 ranking in both the NFCA poll and USA Softball poll for the final seven weeks of the regular season. Oregon ended the year ranked No. 3 in both polls after advancing to the semifinals of the WCWS.
White was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second straight season after leading the Ducks to their second consecutive Pac-12 title. Oregon did not lose a Pac-12 series in 2014, with a 1-1-1 draw against then No. 3 Arizona State the closest the Ducks came to defeat. Oregon swept Stanford, Oregon State and California but the biggest in 2014 was the program's first ever sweep of Washington, which ranked No. 5 at the time. The Ducks didn't sweep No. 1 ranked UCLA, but taking 2-of-3 from the Bruins pushed the to No. 1 in the nation for the first time ever. Oregon's 20-3-1 record in Pac-12 play was the best in program history as the Ducks outscored league opponents 207-78 in 24 games.
Besides the single-season wins record, White and the Ducks shattered numerous other records in 2014. Oregon scored more runs (445), posted more RBIs (394), tallied more hits (604), hit for a higher average (.342), hit for a higher slugging percentage (.518) and had fewer errors (50) than any other team in program history. The Ducks also posted a single-season record 20 triples and were seven walks (230) away from breaking that mark (236) as well. In the circle, Oregon's pitchers were three strikeouts (468) away from breaking the UO single-season mark (470).
Oregon's offense clicked all season long, but most notably against Oregon State and California. The Ducks scored 11 runs in the first inning against the Beavers in an 18-0 win, just one run off the biggest scoring margin in UO single-game history. Later in the week, White and the Ducks posted 15 runs in the fourth inning against Cal, the most in an inning in UO history, the third most in Pac-12 history and the 10th most in NCAA history.
Individually, White saw senior third baseman Courtney Ceo lead the nation in batting average at .493 in 2014 as she also became the all-time UO career leader in hits (288) and runs scored (193). Senior first baseman Kailee Cuico finished her career in 2014 as the Ducks' all-time leader in home runs (46) and RBIs (180).
In 2013, the Pac-12 Coach of the Year led Oregon to its first-ever Pac-12 title, its second-highest overall win total (50), and its best rankings in both coaches polls (No. 3) in the regular season’s final edition. UO advanced to its fourth straight Super Regional appearance (and fourth ever), and were 16-0 at home at Howe Field during the regular season. Overall on the season, Oregon sported a 17-10 mark vs. top-25 foes and a 28-10 ledger vs. NCAA Tournament qualifiers.
Team-wise, Oregon led Pac-12 rankings in stolen bases (82), lowest ERA (1.64), lowest opponent batting average (.192), batters struck out (456), fewest hits allowed (283) and fewest walks allowed (96). Three Ducks led Pac-12 individual categories - Janie Takeda (batting, .442; stolen bases, 31; hits, 92), Alexa Peterson (.527) and Cheridan Hawkins (saves, 6; games finished, 19; lowest opposing batting average, .128; games in relief, 20). In national rankings, UO stood top 15 in six categories - win-loss percentage (fourth, .845), ERA (fifth, 1.58), slugging (sixth, .538), batting (ninth, .332), home runs (12th, 1.36 per game) and scoring (13th, 6.31 runs per game). Fueled by one of the nation’s most powerful teams, the squad combined for 80 homers – nine better than the previous school record – and also set school season bests for batting (.329), runs (366) and slugging (.526).
In 2012, UO firmly convinced millions of TV viewers of its prowress as a nationally elite program with its second-ever Women’s College World Series trip. Oregon racked up its then-second-most wins ever (45), and ended the season ranked a best-ever fifth nationally in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls. The Ducks ranked top 25 all season long after being tabbed No. 14 in both preseason editions (and part of a streak of 42 straight weeks since 2010).
Against the nation’s top softball conference, UO placed third and posted back-to-back top-three Pac-12 finishes for the first time since the Pac-12 expanded to eight teams in 1994. Oregon also beat every league rival in the same season for the third time in that stretch. In the postseason, UO opened regional play with a 3-0 mark for the third straight year (and successfully hosted its first ever postseason tilts in Eugene). A week later, the Ducks logged their first-ever NCAA Super Regional victories en route to a 2-1 mark and upset at #6 seed Texas.
In its first trip in 24 years to the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, #11 seed Oregon beat #5 seed Tennessee in the WCWS, while its other hard-fought losses came to #1 and #3 seeds California and Arizona State. Afterwards, two Ducks - Samantha Pappas and Alexa Peterson - were honored to the All-WCWS Team for their impressive stats.
Overall, UO racked up 25 wins against NCAA tourney advancers, and 16 victories vs. top-25 teams in 2012, including a 1-0 win mid-April vs. then-No. 1 California (its second upset of a top-ranked foe in White’s tenure).
In 2011, the Ducks polished off another amazing season with its second straight year-ending 14th-place national ranking. Earlier in the campaign, UO made its second straight (and ever) Super Regional trip after it scored its best Pac-12 Conference finish and record (third-tie, 11-10) since the nation’s top softball league expanded to eight teams in 1993. The last month of the regular season, UO won nine of its last 12 league tilts and claimed its last four Pac-12 series. The Ducks took three-game sets from then-No. 12 UCLA and then-No. 10 Stanford for the first time since 2005 and 2007 and ended 15- and 10-game losing streaks; claimed its first Civil War sweep of Oregon State since 1994; and took a series from eight-time national champion Arizona for only the third time in the rivalry dating back to 1984.
In 2010, an ESPN national audience got a first-hand taste of the upstart Ducks who claimed their first-ever Super Regional bid to cap an amazing campaign. The Ducks shocked the NCAA Tournament’s eighth seed, Georgia Tech, with 11-2 and 4-3 eight-inning regional wins on the Yellow Jackets’ own turf to advance to Columbia, Mo., to play seventh-seeded Missouri. UO beat five different Pac-12 teams – No. 1 Washington, No. 3 Arizona, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 13 California (3 times), OSU (2) – for the first time since topping all seven rivals in ‘04. Among those wins, Oregon’s 4-0 win over Washington was its first win over a top-ranked team since it beat Arizona at home in 2004, and its two ninth-inning comebacks (7-6, 8-6) and its 1-0 shutout of California marked its first season series sweep of the Bears dating back to 1979. The Ducks also ranked top 20 for most of the season and climbed as high as 16th nationally.
Before his current Duck tenure, White was already well-known in softball circles as an International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame pitcher and 30-year coaching veteran. Oregon fans also fondly remember his two-season stint as an assistant coach in 2003 and 2004 when his pitchers and catchers helped Oregon advance to an NCAA regional final in both campaigns.
As a player, White was a top pitcher on U.S. National teams before he retired in 2007. A New Zealand native, he became a U.S. citizen in 1994 and helped guide the USA to a bronze medal in the 2000 World Championships when he went 2-0 with a 0.89 ERA and 19 strikeouts. In 1999, the U.S. won the silver medal at the Pan Am Games, and he was 3-2 with a 0.68 ERA and 35 strikeouts. He also played on three silver medal Pan-American Games teams in 1995, 1999 and 2003. He enjoyed another successful stint with the American team in 2004 and played in his sixth International Softball World Tournament. Altogether, he has helped teams claim two gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze in his four trips with New Zealand and two with the United States.
The Wellington, New Zealand native (11/19/61) earned his bachelor of arts degree in marketing and management from Mount Mercy College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) in 1989. He is married to the former Lisa Revers, and the couple have three daughters; Nyree (11/2/92), Kenzie (8/30/95) and Sidney (4/14/97).
MIKE WHITE COACHING TREE
- Virginia head coach Blake Miller (UO assistant from 2011-13)
- UNLV head coach Lisa Dodd (UO assistant from 2010-12)
- Minnesota head coach Jessica Allister (UO assistant in 2010)