In his eight seasons as the Lamar University men's head golf coach, and 16 seasons as the Lady Cardinals' head coach, Brian White has taken the Cardinals to unprecedented heights on a conference, regional and national level. Since taking over the program he has guided Lamar to nine Southland Conference Championships - including five on the women's side, seven NCAA regional appearances and two men's NCAA Championships appearances - including two top-25 finishes and a No. 3 national ranking in 2007. During that stretch the LU men have sent at least one athlete to the NCAA regional championships in six of the past eight seasons, and have recorded three top-10 team finishes at the regional championships.
A six-time Southland Conference Coach of the Year, White's athletes have reaped the benefits of his guidance. White has coached 46 All-Southland Conference selections - including 17 first-team selections, 12 Academic All-SLC selections, three conference players of the year, three league student-athletes of the year, two Ping All-Americans - including first-team selection Dawie Van Der Walt in 2007 and three SLC Freshmen of the Year.
While these accomplishments are impressive, White has proven during his time at Lamar that the golf program is capable of even more. Simply put, no athletics program at Lamar has enjoyed more success than the golf teams.
White guided the Cardinals to a third place tie at the 2007 NCAA Championships, the highest finish in school history. One season earlier, Lamar's men tied for ninth place at the national tournament with former star Dawie Van Der Walt placing fourth as an individual.
The 2012-13 season was no different for Lamar's men and women. The Lady Cardinals rallied from a four-stroke deficit on the final day of the conference championships to win the title. It was the first conference title since 2006 for the Lamar women, and the fourth overall. Along the way, the Lady Cardinals won four tournaments, received three all-conference selections, including first-team honorees Julie Aime and Nghi Ngo. The women's team advanced to the NCAA regional championships where they posted a 21st-place finish. Aime and Ngo closed out the season by earning Academic All-SLC honors.
The Lamar men added a third-place finish at the 2013 Southland Championships, and had three players named to the all-conference team. Stephane Dubois and Erik Knudsen earned second-team honors, while Gregory Wiggins was a third-team selection. Dubois and Knudsen closed out the year being named Academic All-SLC.
White joined the Lamar coaching staff as an assistant prior to the 1999-00 season. During that time he has seen a combined total of 79 combined tournament wins (40 men's and 39 women's titles) - among those victories are 13 SLC titles (eight men's and five women's titles). He has helped coach 84 all-conference selections (52 men's and 32 women's). Four Cardinals have earned PING All-America honors during White's tenure, with the group earning the recognition seven times combined. Between the two programs, White has coached nine SLC Players of the Year, three newcomers of the year and 10 freshmen of the year.
Current PGA Tour player Chris Stroud, a first-team PING All-America in 2004, continues to be coached by White, as do professional players Van Der Walt, Casey Clendenon and Oliver Bekker. Stroud tied for third at the 2003 NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla., the highest individual finish at the national tournament in LU history.
Bekker made his PGA Tour debut in 2012 by winning on the Sunshine Tour and earning a spot in the prestigious Bridgestone Invitational. Van Der Walt fired a 60 in a Web.Com Tour competition during the 2012 season and former LU golfer Shawn Stefani (2001-05) won the 2012 Midwest Classic on the Web.Com Tour.
Stefani, Stroud and Van Der Walt provided Lamar with a strong presence at the 2014 British Open. All three qualified for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, with White on hand for the tournament. Prior to the British Open, Stroud was inducted into the Southland Hall of Honor, becoming the first golfer recognized by the league.
Stroud (2001-04) is the only four-time all-conference performer in SLC history on the men's side, while Lady Cardinal standout Therese Nilsson (2006-09), who was twice named SLC Player of the Year, is the only four-time all-conference performer in league history on the women's side.
A 2007 NCAA Regional Coach of the Year, White's influence on golf has stretched far beyond the national level. White served as the U.S. National coach at the 2008 Junior World Championships in Japan.
A native of Beaumont, White was a standout at Kelly High School and played professionally from 1991-96 after finishing his golfing career at Lamar. White, who also serves as the Director of Golf at the Beaumont Country Club, earned a bachelor's of arts degree in economics from Lamar in 1989.
Brian White's Head Coach File
-4 Southland Conference Titles
-27 All-Southland Conference Selections
-8 First-Team All-SLC Selections
-2 PING All-Americans
-2 SLC Golfers of the Year
-2 Academic All-SLC Selections
-1 SLC Freshman of the Year
-1 SLC Student-Athlete of the Year
-5 Southland Conference Titles
-19 All-Southland Conference Selections
-10 Academic All-SLC Selections
-9 First-Team All-SLC Selections
-2 SLC Student-Athletes of the Year
-2 SLC Freshman of the Year
-1 SLC Golfer of the Year