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Matt White 22
Matt White

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
1st Season

Email::
mattwhit@umich.edu


Matt White completed his first season as pitching coach at Michigan after the 2011 campaign.

During White's first season with the Maize and Blue, he worked with Brandon Sinnery, who was named to the All-Big Ten third team in 2011 and Tyler Mills, who was picked in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

White came to Michigan after three years as a volunteer coach at Georgia Tech. A former first-round draft pick, White served on former U-M assistant coach Danny Hall's (1980-87) Yellow Jacket coaching staff from 2008 through the 2010 campaign. He served as the first base coach, was responsible for the development of Georgia Tech's outfielders and assisted the coaching staff in other aspects of the game.

In addition to Georgia Tech, White also has experience with the United States national program, serving as the pitching coach for the Under-18 squad that won a gold medal at the 2009 Pan Am Games and the Under-16 team. He was selected as a player to the 2000 United States Olympic Team but was injured and could not participate.

The Waynesboro, Pa., native signed a National Letter of Intent with Georgia Tech but opted to go pro after being selected seventh overall by the San Francisco Giants in the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. He eventually signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, playing 122 games over the next seven seasons. White was the top-ranked prospect in the Devil Rays' system from 1997-99, according to Baseball America and earned a spot in the MLB Futures All-Star Game at Fenway Park in 1999.

As a high school senior in 1996, USA Today and Baseball America both named him High School Player of the Year. He also earned the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year, National Senior High School Player of the Year and the USA Baseball National Amateur Player of the Year awards during his final season

However, shoulder and back problems derailed his promising future and eventually resulted in career-ending surgeries. He formally retired in 2006, three years after his final appearance, with a 35-47 minor league record and a 4.64 earned-run average. During his career, he played under the tutelage of Larry Rothschild, Chuck Hernandez, Xavier Hernandez, and Chris Bosio.

After hanging up his cleats, White began seeking a Bachelor of Science in forest resources, majoring in wildlife from the University of Georgia while beginning his coaching career at Georgia Tech. He also served as the summer pitching coach and community coach for the Milton High School baseball team in Alpharetta, Ga.

White is married to the former Kristin Schmit, an attorney in Atlanta, Ga., and the couple has two daughters, Charlotte and Amelia.


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