KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bryce White was introduced on Thursday as the new head coach of the Avila University softball team. White joins Avila after serving as an assistant coach at Campbellsville University for 12 years, helping the Lady Tigers to an NAIA World Series appearance and nine regular season conference titles.
"We are extremely excited about hiring Bryce to continue building our softball program at Avila University," said Director of Athletics Shawn Summe. "Bryce helped the Campbellsville University softball program to five consecutive NAIA Opening Round appearances and a trip to the 2015 NAIA Softball World Series. Throughout the process, Bryce has shown an appreciation to developing well rounded student-athletes that will excel off the field as much as they will on the softball field. Bryce will be a welcome addition to the Avila Athletics family."
At Campbellsville, White played a role in nearly 500 wins for a program that carried a winning percentage over .700. The Lady Tigers claimed nine Mid-South Conference regular season titles (shared and outright) and five MSC tournament championships over the stretch along with five NAIA Opening Round appearances and a trip to the NAIA World Series in 2015.
"I'm super excited to be at Avila University," said White. "The program has a great culture - the team is very close and works hard, and I want to keep building on that culture and keep getting better. At the end of the day, our goals are to win championships and graduate good people, and that's what we'll strive to do; make it to the NAIA World Series and put good people into the world."
Alongside head coach Shannon Wathen, White has developed eight NAIA All-Americans, including three-time honoree Jacqueline Roof (first team 2016; second team 2017, 2018) as well as a pair of two-time selections - Tori Humphrey and Victoria Decker.
In 2015, White helped lead a squad that started as many as five freshmen over the course of the season to an NAIA World Series appearance. The Lady Tigers battled through the elimination bracket in their NAIA Opening Round site, defeating host USC-Beaufort twice (including a 6-5, 12-inning battle in the title game) to advance to the NAIA World Series.
White would again help Campbellsville to an impressive season in 2018, with the team holding the no. 4 spot in the NAIA Coaches Poll for most of the season - the highest-ever ranking for the school - en route to a 47-10 record and the regular season and tournament championships in the Mid-South.
"I'd like to thank Shawn Summe and Dr. Ron Slepitza for the opportunity to be the next head coach of the Eagles," said White. "I'd also like to thank Campbellsville University for the opportunity to start my career."
White is a native of Tekonsha, Mich., and graduated from Campbellsville in 2008 with his bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in coaching. He was also a four-year student-athlete, finishing his career at Campbellsville after two years at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich., and a year at Olivet (Mich.) College.