Sterling picks ESU assistant as new baseball coach

By Sterling College Sports Information
July 15, 2016
Sterling College Sports Information

STERLING – Sterling College athletic director Gary Kempf has announced Jacob White as the new head baseball coach.  

White was named today following the departure of former head coach Adrian Dinkel, who took the head coaching position at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla.

 "We are very excited about the future of Warrior baseball under coach White. We have been extremely impressed with his passion for the game and with the way he fits in with the mission of Sterling College,” Kempf said. “He has got a wealth of playing experience and has had an opportunity to set up a network of coaches around the country. He has hit the ground running and is as excited to be a part of Sterling College Baseball as we are to have him here.”

White joins Sterling from Emporia State University, where he was an assistant coach under Bob Fornelli for the 2015-2016 season. He worked with position players and focused on recruiting, office responsibilities, travel, as well as practice plans and in game management.

White began his coaching career at Coffeyville Community College under John Martin in  the fall of 2012. He helped lead the Red Ravens to the 2013 Regional Finals and achieved the most overall and conference wins in school history. 

White then spent two seasons in Tahlequah, Okla., as a graduate assistant with the Northeastern State University Riverhawks baseball program under Travis Janssen where he worked with position players.  White received his Master's Degree in Kinesiology from NSU in May of 2014. He helped the Riverhawks reach the MIAA Conference Tournament Final Four, its furthest postseason run since 2001.  

White has also been an assistant on staff with a couple collegiate summer baseball leagues the past few years.  He has spent time as an assistant for the Derby Twins of the Jayhawk League in 2013 and the Yakima Valley Pippins of the West Coast League located in Seattle, Wash. for the summers of 2014-2015.

The Pippins were able to finish as the West Coast League East Division Champions in the summer of 2014 and set two records in the West Coast Leagues 30-year history during Whites two-year tenure.  They accomplished most wins by an Inaugural Team (35), and the division crown for a first year team entering the West Coast League. He left Seattle to join the Kansas Cannons of the KCBL as their head coach for the summer of 2016.

"I want to express my immense gratitude to everyone who has helped me during this incredible baseball journey,” White said. “Especially to my Emporia State University family.  I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity to help guide a successful and faithful Warrior baseball program."  

White attended Louisburg High School, where he received All-Frontier League honors as a catcher during his senior season in 2006. He began his college baseball career at Highland Community College, where he played shortstop for the Scotties while receiving his Associates Degree.

White played for the Milgram Mustangs of the Ban Johnson League from 2007-2008 helping the Mustangs win the Ban Johnson League title in 2008.  He was an All-Star selection both years with the mustangs participating in All-Star game festivities at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., in consecutive seasons.

After signing with Emporia State University in the fall of 2008, White was a member of the 2009 NCAA Division II World Series national runner-up team. He was selected to the NCAA All-Regional first team and All-World Series first team during the postseason in 2009. White helped Emporia State to three straight 40-plus win seasons from 2009 to 2011 combining a 137-42 record as a player at ESU. He finished up as an honorable mention second base selection In his senior season for the Hornets in 2011.

After his first season with ESU he played with the Quincy Gems in the summer of 2009 helping the Gems capture the 2009 Prospect League Championship Title.

White has an Associate's Degree from Highland Community College, Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Emporia State University and a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Northeastern State University