The 2015-2016 year is Quinn White’s sixth season at the helm of the women’s cross country program, as well as his sixth on staff with the women’s track and field team.
White, who was named the 2013 and 2014 Crossroads League Coach of the Year, ranks third in Taylor history with an all-time record of 363-82 at the helm of the women’s cross country program and is TU’s all-time winning percentage leader with a career clip of .817 entering the 2015 campaign. During White’s tenure, the Trojans have posted the nine-fastest team times and logged eight of the top-15 individual times in school history.
In five seasons at the helm of the Taylor women’s cross country program, White has helped the Trojans to two Crossroads League Championships and a pair of top-10 finishes at the NAIA National Championships. The program has also racked up 22 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors, 19 All-Crossroads League awards and one NAIA All-America honor over that time.
White guided Taylor to a regular season clip of 97-4 in 2014, en route to a 10th-place finish at NAIA Nationals and a second-straight Crossroads League Championship. The Trojans claimed meet victories at the Ray Bullock Invitational, Indiana Intercollegiates and Crossroads Championships, while matching the program’s highest national ranking with a No. 4 mark. TU posted five of the program’s 10-fastest team times and set a program record with four individual finishers inside the top-100 at NAIA Nationals.
The 2014 season followed an equally dominant breakout year in 2013 for the Trojans, as White guided TU to a regular season mark of 96-4, a Crossroads League Championship and a 10th-place showing at NAIA Nationals. Taylor posted four of the six fastest team times in program history, including a school-record time of 92:49 during TU’s championship run at the Great Lakes Invite, climbed to a program-best NAIA No. 4 ranking and became the first Taylor team to place two runners inside the top-50 and three inside the top-100 at NAIA 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 over the last five seasons, White’s student-athletes have piled up 14 indoor school records, 43 NAIA Indoor National Qualifiers and four NAIA Indoor All-Americans.
The success has carried over into the outdoor seasons as well, where White has helped his student-athletes to eight school records, 28 NAIA Outdoor National Qualifiers, 40 All-Crossroads League selections, 13 Crossroads League Individual Championships, four NAIA All-Americans and 21 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
White coached high school cross country and track for 14 years prior to taking over the TU program. During his time as a high school coach, White guided his teams to four conference championships, six district titles, and had 22 All-State athletes earn a total of 47 All-State honors.
An accomplished runner in his own right, White ran four seasons of cross country and track at Taylor, earning five varsity letters with the Purple and Gold.
After graduating from TU, White went on to earn a master’s degree in language, literature and reading in 1996 from Ohio State University and a Ph. D. in language, literacy and culture in 2005 from OSU.
White returned to Taylor’s Upland campus as a professor of education in the fall of 2006 and was the recipient of the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, as well as the Excellent Educator Award in 2008.
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 continues to serve as a professor within TU’s Education Department.
|Megan Bean||FR||Throws||Howard City, MI||Tri-County|
|Alex Berends||SO||Distance||Hudsonville, MI||Hudsonville|
|Rachel Blagg||FR||Distance||Marshalltown, IA||Marshalltown|
|Margie Crosby||FR||Distance||Columbia, MO||Rock Bridge|
|Abby Crosley||FR||Distance||Fishers, IN||Heritage Christian|
|Cassie Crowder||SR||Distance||Elyria, OH||Open Door|
|Katie DeHaan||SR||Sprints/Vault||Rockford, MI||Rockford|
|Amanda Dibley||FR||Distance||Bristol, IN||Elkhart Central|
|Jordan Edington||JR||Throws||Wawasee, IN||Wawasee|
|Julianne Exner||FR||Jumps||Bentonville, AR||Bentonville|
|Andrea Foster||SO||Distance||Van Wert, OH||Van Wert|
|Michelle Franch||FR||Distance||West Chicago, IL||West Chicago Community|
|Tori Gaesser||SO||Jumps/Vault||Gibson City, IL||Gibson City|
|Kathryn Gerig||JR||Distance||Fishers, IN||Heritage Christian|
|Mae Elizabeth Gimre||FR||Distance||West Chicago, IL||West Chicago Community|
|Alyssa Hatteberg||SR||Distance||Solon, OH||Solon|
|Jane Hawks||SR||Distance||Rockford, MI||Rockford|
|Katrina Headlee||FR||Jumps||Lizton, IN||Tri-West|
|Haley Heath||FR||Distance||LaFountaine, IN||Southwood|
|Brianna Jordahl||FR||Throws||Milton, WI||Milton|
|Jenny Keith||FR||Throws||Greentown, IN||Eastern|
|Hannah Keyser||FR||Distance||Traverse City, MI||Traverse City Central|
|Christina Lee||SR||Distance||Centerville, OH||Springboro|
|Lauren Melchers||SO||Distance||Algonquin, IL||H.D. Jacobs|
|Sarina Oleson||SR||Distance||Aurora, IL||Aurora Christian|
|Abigail Phillips||JR||Sprints/Jumps||Santa Cruz Sierra, Bolivia||Santa Cruz Christian|
|Anissa Richards||SR||Distance||Cromwell, IN||West Noble|
|Ellie Rodman||SO||Distance||Upland, IN||Eastbrook|
|Plenseh-Tay Sakeuh||FR||Sprints/Jumps||Anderson, IN||Lapel|
|Hannah Schroder||JR||Distance||Caledonia, MI||Caledonia|
|Taryn Seeland||SR||Distance||Plainfield, IL||Plainfield North|
|Anna Souzis||FR||Distance||Groveport, OH||Madison Christian|
|Courtney Thompson||SR||Sprints||Nassau, Bahamas||Saint Augustine's|
|Haley White||SR||Distance/Throws||Upland, IN||Eastbrook|
|Miriam Wood||FR||Sprints||Hardwick, MA||Quabbin Regional|