RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - When Ridgeland High School set out for a nationwide search for a new football coach, they meant it.
David White was introduced Monday as the new head coach and athletic director of the Titans. He comes to Ridgeland after serving the last two seasons as the running back’s coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Nevada.
“The word was out that I was looking at some high school jobs,” White told WLBT.com when asked what brought him to Mississippi. “And through a recruit, through another player, through social media, I heard about it (the Ridgeland job).”
The Oklahoma native’s previous high school head coaching experience includes three conference championships from 2003-06 at Las Vegas-area power Bishop Gorman. White, who says he was last in Mississippi approximately five years ago on visits to Ole Miss and Mississippi State, has also served as the director of player development at the Army All-American Bowl.
White said he spoke to a number of members on the Nevada staff with Mississippi ties before accepting the job.
“It’s an area where football is important,” White said. “For me to have this opportunity where football is so tradition-strong, it’s an opportunity for me to come down here and use my personality and my skill set, my vision, is a great opportunity, to be honest with you.”
And he’s been warned the summer heat of Mississippi is different than the dry heat of Nevada.
“I’ve got to bring better hair product down here with the humidity,” joked White.
White replaces Ryan Earnest, who stepped down in January as head football coach and AD.