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White Named Finalist for Jan Strickland Award, Given to Nation's Top Assistant Men's Golf Coach

Assistant coach Lee White with Michael VanDerLaan
Assistant coach Lee White with Michael VanDerLaan

NORMAN, OK - Florida Southern assistant men's golf coach Lee White has been named a finalist for the Jan Strickland Award, presented annually to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, or NJCAA assistant coach that has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom. Of the six national finalists, White is the only one this year from a non-Division I school.

Now in his fourth year as assistant coach under Doug Gordin, White has helped lead the Moccasins to four tournament victories this season, the most they have ever won during the regular season. They also have one runner-up finish, one third-place finish, and have not been outside the top-five in any of their nine events so far. The Moccasins have a team scoring average of 284.5, which is more than six strokes lower than their average last year when they won the 2017 Division II National Championship.

White, a Florida Southern alum, has helped five Moccasin golfers rank among the top 100 nationwide in the Golfstat individual rankings. Seniors John VanDerLaan and John Coultas are each in the top-five and have combined for six individual wins this season, 11 top-five finishes, and 13 top-ten. VanDerLaan and Coultas each have under-par scoring averages, juniors Michael VanDerLaan and Christian Anderson have the best stroke averages of their careers, and Jacob Penny is ranked fifth among freshmen in the Golfstat individual rankings.

Academically, the Moccasins posted a 3.35 grade point average in the fall of 2017.

The other finalists for the Jan Strickland Award are Jake Amos of South Carolina, Robert Duck of Florida State, Corey Maggard of Auburn, Garrett Runion of LSU, and Dan Walters of Wake Forest. The winner will be announced in early May.