The 2014-2015 year is Quinn White’s fifth season at the helm of the women’s cross country program, as well as his fifth on staff with the women’s track and field team.
White, who was named the 2013 Crossroads League Coach of the Year, ranks third in Taylor history with an all-time record of 266-78 at the helm of the women’s cross country program and is TU’s all-time winning percentage leader with a career clip of .773 entering the 2014 campaign. During White’s tenure, the Trojans have posted nine of the 10-fastest team times and logged seven of the top-15 individual times in school history.
Several of those marks came during the record-setting 2013 season, with White leading the Trojans to a program-best 118-13 record and a tenth-place finish at the NAIA Nationals. Leading up to TU’s highest showing ever at nationals, the Purple and Gold set another program record by climbing as high as No. 4 in the NAIA Top-25 Poll and notching the Crossroads League Championship and Great Lakes Invite Championship.
Additional highlights included recording the four-fastest team times in program history, including a school-record time of 92:49 during TU’s championship run at the Great Lakes Invite on October 26, 2013. The Trojans also logged the second, fourth and tenth-fastest individual times in program history and became the first team to place two runners inside the top-50 and three runners inside the top-100 at NAIA Nationals.
Along with competing as a team at nationals and claiming a league championship for the first time since 1996, White’s squad picked up six All-Crossroads League honors to raise the number of all-league performances to under White to 13. The Trojans have also sent four individuals to nationals during that time.
In addition to his role as head coach of the women’s cross country team, White has served as an assistant coach with the women’s track and field program since 2011 and filled the role of interim head coach for the Trojans in 2014.
During his time specializing with the distance and javelin events, White’s student-athletes have piled up six indoor school records, sent six relay teams to NAIA Indoor Nationals and advanced four individuals in three events to NAIA Indoor Nationals.
The success has carried over into the outdoor seasons as well, where White has helped his student-athletes to four school records, 21 top-10 performances in TU history, 14 All-Crossroads League selections and two NAIA All-Americans. White has also seen a pair of distance relay teams advance to NAIA Outdoor Nationals, as well as having guided three individuals in three events to NAIA Outdoor Nationals.
A native of Madison, Indiana, White coached high school cross country and track for 23 years prior to taking over the TU program. During his time as a high school coach, White guided his teams to nine conference championships, six district titles, and had 22 All-State athletes earn a total of 47 All-State honors.
White's first collegiate coaching experience came in 1987, when he served as a volunteer assistant under then head coach and Taylor Hall of Famer, Chris Coy, who guided his teams to 16 conference titles.
Over the next six years beginning in 1988, White worked as an assistant cross country coach at three different high schools while also serving as a teacher in their respective school systems: North Central, Wayne Trace, and Van Wert.
From 1999 through 2006, White was an assistant professor of education at the former Taylor University Fort Wayne. It was during that time that he gained the bulk of his experience as the head boy's track coach at Van Wert High School from 1991 through 1994 and 1996 through 2006. White inherited a Cougar squad at the bottom of the conference, before turning the team into four-time Western Buckeye League champions.
After earning a master's in language, literature, and reading in 1996 and then his Ph. D. in language, literacy and culture in 2005, both from the Ohio State University, White returned to Taylor's Upland campus as a professor of education in the fall of 2006.
In 2008 he was awarded the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award by the University and the Excellent Educator Award by Taylor University Kappa Delta Pi.
As a volunteer assistant coach for the Eastbrook High girl's track team, White oversaw the distance program for the Panthers. His runners broke school records and qualified for IHSAA Regionals in each distance event.
An accomplished runner in his own right, White ran four seasons each of cross country and track and won five varsity letters during his years as a Taylor student-athlete.
White is actively involved in his Team Victory ministry, having taken trips to the Dominican Republic in 2009 and 2010 during which his teams delivered shoes, shirts, and Bibles to impoverished youth while sharing the Gospel through running. White has also led Team Victory trips to Guatemala (2011) and Nicaragua (2013).
White lives in Upland with his wife, Julie ('89), and children, Haley, Keanan, and Connor and also serves as a professor within TU’s education department.
|Alex Berends||FR||Hudsonville, MI||Hudsonville|
|Cassie Crowder||JR||Elyria, OH||Open Door|
|Andrea Foster||FR||Van Wert, OH||Van Wert|
|Kathryn Gerig||SO||Indianapolis, IN||Heritage Christian|
|Alyssa Hatteberg||JR||Solon, OH||Solon|
|Jane Hawks||JR||Rockford, MI||Rockford|
|Christina Lee||JR||Centerville, OH||Springboro|
|Laura Liechty||SR||Kendalville, IN||East Noble|
|Lauren Melchers||FR||Algonquin, IL||H.D. Jacobs|
|Anna Meyer||SO||Rochester, IN||Rochester|
|Jenna Norris||SR||Swayzee, IN||Oak Hill|
|Sarina Oleson||JR||Aurora, IL||Aurora Christian|
|Michaela Pfeifer||FR||Rochester, MN||Century|
|Anissa Richards||JR||Cromwell, IN||West Noble|
|Kerigan Riley||SO||Livonia, MI||Churchill|
|Ellie Rodman||FR||Upland, IN||Eastbrook|
|Elaine Schmeltz||SR||Bremen, IN||LaVille|
|Hannah Schroder||SO||Caledonia, MI||Caledonia|
|Taryn Seeland||JR||Plainfield, IL||Plainfield North|
|Lexi Simpson||FR||New Albany, OH||New Albany|
|Allison Steinbeck||SR||Cincinnati, OH||Colerain|
|Haley White||JR||Upland, IN||Eastbrook|
|Shelby Wilson||FR||Westfield, IN||Westfield|