Walt White enters his seventh year at the helm of the rising CSUMB baseball program. He became the second baseball coach in university history in July of 2010 and made an immediate impact on the fortunes of Otter baseball.
The Otter Baseball team returned to postseason play for the second consecutive season as the No. 3 seed in the CCAA Tournament. CSUMB went on to play in its second NCAA West Regional Tournament in four seasons.
White was selected Coach of the Year by NCWBA West Region and CCAA in 2013 after guiding the Otters to the program's first CCAA regular season title (29-11). The Otters also made their inaugural appearance in 2013 at the West Region Tournament and CCAA Tournament after finishing on top of the West Regional poll.
The 2013 squad did not lose a single series while nabbing five sweeps incluing then No. 23 Sonoma State. The Otters concluded the regular season winning 13 of their final 14 games.
In his five years, White has had 12 student-athletes named Daktronics All-West Region. 22 players garnered All-CCAA honors. Other West Region honors include 12 NCBWA selections with Jeff Owen tabbed as 2012 NBWCA West Region Freshman Pitcher of the Year and two ABCA honors including Brian Haggett’s 2012 Golden Glove.
On the academic side, 2013 brought CSUMB's its first ever Capitol One Academic All-American® first team (Brian Haggett) and three student-athletes earned Capitol One Academic All-District®.
White’s sophomore campaign included its second consecutive record-breaking season that had a program best 26 victories and finishing above .500 for the first time in program history. With a program high 19 conference wins, CSUMB had five CCAA Players/Pitchers of the Week and four All-CCAA honors. CSUMB also racked up six series victories.
The 2012 season also boasted seven players finishing above .300 and a program-best 17 triples The CSUMB pitching staff had a program lows of 4.10 ERA, 244 runs allowed, .267 opponent batting average and 6.18 strikeouts per nine innings.
In his first year guiding Otter baseball, White quickly made his mark on the program. His historic 2011 squad broke the school record for total wins, winning percentage and conference wins. A tripleheader sweep of White’s alma mater, Sonoma State, highlighted the season; marking the first time the program won a series from SSU.
Several players broke individual records in 2011, including Danny Nelson breaking the school record for doubles in a season and Jared DeCastro setting the single season mark in batting average. The infield defense also reaped the benefits of White’s tutelage, leading the nation in double plays turned per game.
White joined Otter territory after 15 years as the associate head coach at Sonoma State University. While at SSU, White was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program, including infield play, team defense, base running and hitting. He also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator. He was instrumental in SSU’s 2008 run to the NCAA Division II College World Series and a third place national finish. While coaching at SSU, White’s Seawolves won six conference championships and made eight NCAA regional appearances.
A 1990 graduate of Saugus High School in Southern California, White began his collegiate playing career at College of the Canyons, where he was an All–Western State Conference performer. After his time at COC, White transferred to Sonoma State where he played for current Seawolf coach John Goelz. White started at shortstop for SSU in 1993 and 1994 and was a member of the 2008 SSU hall of fame induction class.
After his stellar collegiate career ended, the Florida Marlins made White their 32nd round draft choice. He spent five seasons in the Marlins organization, reaching Double A ball before being dealt to Arizona, where he spent three seasons playing for the Diamondbacks’ Triple A affiliate.
Following his playing career, White returned to Sonoma State to finish his degree in kinesiology. He continued his education by earning a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix.
White’s leadership, passion, and commitment to his student-athletes are quickly transforming CSUMB baseball into an elite college program. With White at the helm, the future is bright in the Monterey Bay.
White is single and currently resides in Marina, Calif.