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White named new high school softball coach
Former Hillsboro head coach will take the reins at Crook County
October 29, 2012
After years of working for the Hillsboro School District, Gary White retired to Crook County.
At least that was the plan. However, the retirement didn’t last very long as White has accepted the Crook County High School head softball coaching position.
“We built a house and retired here,” White said. “I didn’t coach summer ball this year because of moving. I discovered that I missed coaching and I thought I still had something to offer.”
White, who was a campus security guard for Hillsboro High School, was the head softball coach at the high school for 13 years.
During that time, he had a team reach the final eight at the state tournament and several teams reach the round of 16.
“Scott Drake, Hillsboro’s athletic director called over here and said you have a great guy coming over there,” said Crook County athletic director Scott Polen. “Originally, he said, ‘I want to be a part of the program, but I’m not sure I want to be a head coach.’”
White ultimately accepted the job and is excited about the opportunity.
“I don’t want to just win a special district championship,” White said. “I want to beat the Redmonds and the Bend schools and eventually win the state title.”
To accomplish that goal, White has big plans.
Starting in December, he will be offering open gyms at the high school.
“I have already scheduled an open gym for Sunday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” he said. “We have both gyms at the high school and will be working on conditioning, lots of tee work, and fielding. It’s open to everyone, not just high school kids.”
White has been keeping an eye on the Crook County softball program for several years, and believes that there is a solid base here to build on.
“I know that there are some kids playing with a summer team in Redmond,” he said. “And I know there are some kids on the college radar and I want to help them.”
White added that he believes that former coaches Tom Decker and Reggie Holcomb did a good job establishing the Crook County program. However, he still expects to make some changes.
“My stuff might be a little different than Reggie’s,” White said. “That doesn’t make him right or me wrong ,or me right and him wrong. It’s just different, and hopefully they will buy into what we are trying to do.”
White also wants to try to establish an American Softball Association (ASA)?softball program in Prineville. He said that ideally he would like to have a 12U ASA?team and have players who have played at least three years of ASA?ball prior to entering the high school program.
“I know that Little League is big here and I might be angering some people talking about ASA softball,” he said. “But the rules are different for the two and ASA?is the same as college ball. I need to win some of them over to the ASA?side. That will be the goal.”
White has already won Polen over to his way of thinking.
“He wants to build a program from the ground up and he’s really kid-oriented,” Polen said. “We had a lot of good candidates for the job and I have no doubt that he was the best fit for Crook County at this time.”