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White named to lead DSCC softball program

Monday, August 6, 2012

New Dyersburg State softball coach George White has hit the ground running since taking over the Lady Eagle program on July 23.
When George White left the Dyersburg State baseball program after nine seasons as an assistant coach and relocated to Missouri in August of 2011, it appeared his career at the college was over.

However, when the position of head softball coach became available due to the dismissal of former coach Randy Hulme, White applied for the position in hopes of rejoining his twin brother and head baseball coach Robert at the college.

In late July, after interviews with both the search committee as well as DSCC President Dr. Karen Bowyer, White's hopes became a reality when he was chosen as the new women's softball coach.

"I'm very excited about this opportunity," White said. "Dyersburg State has a beautiful campus and academically we are second to none as far as community colleges go. I enjoyed my time here before and I'm looking forward to getting the softball program on track and competing for a region title every year."

While most players coming out of high school have signed scholarships and made their college choices known for next season, White has hit the ground running in hope of adding players to the roster for next spring.

Known across the state as one of the best baseball recruiters around, White will look to add players with the same type of determination he showed when it came to bringing in the top talent in baseball.

"I love to recruit players and there isn't a lot of difference in getting the top talent in softball compared to baseball," he added. "In order to do that it's imperative to develop a solid relationship with the coaches in the area. I'm looking forward to introducing myself to the high school coaches and assuring them that their kids will graduate and be taken care of if they choose to come to Dyersburg State. That is a top priority for me."

Having been with the baseball program for nine seasons, White knows there is loads of talent in the surrounding area and said he will make a strong push to sign those talented players and convince them to stay home and play for the Lady Eagles.

"I've showed in the past that I can recruit with the best of them in baseball and that will continue now with softball," he added. "It will be very important to get the talented players in the area to come here because they will receive a quality education as well as win softball games, and I'm telling you right now we're going to do things the right way and we'll be a winning program here at Dyersburg State."

It will take some work to turn around a program that has never enjoyed a winning season. The situation is strongly similar to the one the White brothers stepped into when they took over the baseball program. White believes he has the answer to turn things around rather quickly and it starts with believing that things can and will improve.

"The first thing I have to do is to gain the confidence of the players that are already here. To do that I have to get out there and work with them and let them know that we mean business," he added. "We have to represent Dyersburg State and the entire community with a lot of pride and that's exactly what we're going to do and I'm excited to get started."

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