In a shocking development, reports surfaced today that Oregon softball coach Mike White is leaving the program to take the head coaching job at Texas.
During White’s nine years at Oregon, the Ducks went 435-111-1, winning five conference titles and made five trips to the Women’s College World Series. Perhaps most impressive of all, White led the Ducks to the NCAA tournament’s super regional round in each of his nine seasons in Eugene.
During a call with The Oregonian, White cited a main reason for taking the job as “financial security” and explaining that “an opportunity like this comes along once in 10, 15, 20 years.”
Back in 2015, White had signed a six-year, $1.5 million extension with the Ducks. White was also a key player in getting Jane Sanders Stadium built, saying that the program needed a better facility in order to recruit the players needed to make a run at a national title.
White becomes just the second manager in the history of the Texas softball program. Connie Clark has led the Longhorns for all 23 years of their existence, leading them to five Women’s College World Series appearances.