Lee White was named as the head coach of the Florida Southern men's golf program in 2018 after spending four season as an assistant to legendary coach Doug Gordin. White, who has spent eight years with the program as a student-athlete and assistant coach, was elevated to the position following Gordin's retirement at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.
During his time as assistant coach, which spanned two seasons from 2012-14 and two more from 2016-18, Florida Southern won the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship and advanced to medal play at the national finals on two other occasions. One of those was this year when Florida Southern won the stroke play portion of the tournament and reached the national semifinals. The 2018 Moccasins also posted a 283.36 stroke average, their best on record, won four tournaments during the regular season, and were the Sunshine State Conference and South/Southeast Super Regional runner-up.
In addition to Florida Southern's success as a team, White has assisted in the development of two-time individual national champion Tim Crouch, 2018 national champion John VanDerLaan, and three-time national top-five finisher John Coultas. VanDerLaan and Coultas completed their college careers as four-time All-Americans who participated in four consecutive national championship tournaments, with each winning national player-of-the-year honors once.
White has also been recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America as a finalist for the 2018 Jan Strickland Award, which is presented annually to the NCAA, NAIA, or NJCAA assistant coach that has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom. White was the only Division II finalist in 2018, and the first in more than a decade.
White was a student-athlete at Florida Southern from 2008-12 who played his best golf as a senior when he helped the Moccasins to a runner-up finish in the SSC Tournament and was their top finisher at the super regional. He was second on the team in stroke average that year and ended his college playing career by placing in the top-20 in four of his last five tournaments, including the 2012 super regional where he was 19th.
Originally from Bartow, Florida, White's playing career includes a long list of high finishes in various amateur and professional tournaments throughout Florida. Among the highlights were co-medalist honors at the 2007 Men's State Amateur Qualifier, championships at the 2010 and 2012 Polk County Amateur Tournaments, and a runner-up finish at the 2012 West Florida Pro Golf Tournament while competing as an amateur. Since 2013, he has had five top-20 finishes on either the NGA Hooters, the West Florida Golf, or the Moonlight Golf Tours, with two of those in the top-10.
White becomes just the third man in the last 47 years to lead the nation's most successful NCAA Division II men's golf program. He follows Matlock (1972-95) and Gordin (1996-18), who combined to lead Florida Southern to 13 national championships, the most in Division II history.