The 2013-2014 year is Quinn White’s fourth season at the helm of the women’s cross country program and his first as interim head coach of the women’s track and field program.
In the fall of 2013, White guided the Trojans to their finest cross country season in school history with a tenth-place finish at NAIA Nationals. Leading up to TU’s historic finish, the Purple and Gold set a program record by climbing as high as No. 4 in the NAIA Top-25 Poll and spent the entire season within the top-25, while notching the Crossroads League Championship and Great Lakes Invite Championship.
White was named the Crossroads League Coach of the Year following the 2013 campaign, which saw TU post a record of 110-13 to go along with recording the four-fastest team times in program history and five of the top-10 marks ever at Taylor. Other highlights included Taylor placing two runners inside the top-50 and three within the top-100 at NAIA Nationals for the first time and logging the second, fourth and tenth-fastest individual times in program history.
The record-setting championship campaign in 2013 bumped Taylor’s winning percentage to .770 under White and gave the Trojans nine of the ten fastest team times in Taylor history during White’s tenure.
Along with competing as a team at Nationals and claiming a conference championship for the first time since 1996, White’s squads have racked up 13 All-Crossroads League performances in four seasons and sent three individuals to Nationals.
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 two school records, 21 top-10 performances in TU history and 14 All-Crossroads League selections. 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, Ind., 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 (Ind.), Wayne Trace (Ohio), and Van Wert (Ohio).
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||Distance||Hudsonville, MI||Hudsonville|
|Alyssa Bluhm||FR||Sprints||Berne, IN||South Adams|
|Cassie Crowder||JR||Distance||Elyria, OH||Open Door|
|Katie DeHaan||JR||Sprints/Vault||Rockford, MI||Rockford|
|Jordan Edington||SO||Throws||Wawasee, IN||Wawasee|
|Andrea Foster||FR||Distance||Van Wert, OH||Van Wert|
|Tori Gaesser||FR||Jumps/Vault||Gibson City, IL||Gibson City|
|Kathryn Gerig||SO||Distance||Fishers, IN||Heritage Christian|
|Alyssa Hatteberg||JR||Distance||Solon, OH||Solon|
|Jane Hawks||JR||Distance||Rockford, MI||Rockford|
|Christina Lee||JR||Distance||Centerville, OH||Springboro|
|Kayla Liefeld||SR||Sprints||Elmhurst, IL||York|
|Lauren Melchers||FR||Distance||Algonquin, IL||H.D. Jacobs|
|Anna Meyer||SO||Distance||Rochester, IN||Rochester|
|Tara Monfredi||SO||Sprints||South Park, PA||South Park|
|Taja Moxey*||FR||Sprints||Nassau, Bahamas||C.I. Gibson|
|Jenna Norris||SR||Distance||Swayzee, IN||Oak Hill|
|Sarina Oleson||JR||Distance||Aurora, IL||Aurora Christian|
|Michaela Pfeifer||FR||Distance||Rochester, MN||Century|
|Abigail Phillips||SO||Sprints/Jumps||Santa Cruz Sierra, Bolivia||Santa Cruz Christian|
|Anissa Richards||JR||Distance||Cromwell, IN||West Noble|
|Ellie Rodman||FR||Distance||Upland, IN||Eastbrook|
|Princess Sakeuh||JR||Sprints||Anderson, IN||Lapel|
|Prisca Sakeuh||SO||Sprints/Jumps||Anderson, IN||Lapel|
|Elaine Schmeltz||SR||Distance||Laville, IN||LaVille|
|Hannah Schroder||SO||Distance||Caledonia, MI||Caledonia|
|Taryn Seeland||JR||Distance||Plainfield, IL||Plainfield North|
|Allison Steinbeck||SR||Distance||Cincinnati, OH||Colerain|
|Courtney Thompson||JR||Sprints||Nassau, Bahamas||Saint Augustine's|
|Haley White||JR||Distance/Throws||Upland, IN||Eastbrook|
|Shelby Wilson||FR||Distance||Westfield, IN||Westfield|