Athletic Director Kevin White Receives Two-Year Contract Extension
New agreement extends to 2012.
Dec. 30, 2002
Kevin White, who has led the University of Notre Dame athleticsprograms to unprecedented accomplishments in the classroom and on thefield over the past three years, has received a two-year contractextension as the University’s director of athletics.
Appointed in March 2000, White originally agreed to a five-yearcontract that previously was extended by five years and now extendsto 2012.
“Notre Dame has a long and notable athletic history, but these pastseveral years have set new standards for success, and Kevin deservesconsiderable credit for that,” said Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C.,the University’s president. “His passion for Notre Dame, combinedwith his intellect and insight, have inspired our coaches andstudent-athletes to new heights. I am delighted to acknowledgeKevin’s leadership with the extension of his contract.”
White, who also teaches a master’s level sports business course inthe University’s Mendoza College of Business, is the first Notre Dameathletic director to report directly to the University’s president.
Among the highlights of White’s nearly three years at the helm ofIrish athletics:
Notre Dame was the only school this fall to qualify all six of itsteams – men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’ssoccer, and women’s volleyball – for NCAA tournament competition (or,in the case of football, a bowl game). The University received a 2002 USA Today/NCAA Academic AchievementAward for graduating 90 percent of its freshmen student-athletes whoenrolled in 1995. The Irish finished 11th and 13th, respectively in the 2000-01 and2001-02 Sears Cup all-sports ratings, matching their bestback-to-back rankings in that competition. They are fourth in thecurrent fall rankings.
Kevin White visits with coach Paul Mainieri prior to a 2002 College World Series game.
Of the University’s 26 men’s and women’s varsity programs, 20earned NCAA tournament berths in 2001-02. A record 40 Irish athletes earned All-America honors in 2001-02. Eight student-athletes were selected Academic All-Americans in2001-02 – including four who also were athletic All-Americans. Notre Dame claimed the 2001 national championship in women’sbasketball, third-place finishes in fencing in ’01 and ’02, nationalsemifinal appearances in women’s soccer in ’00 and men’s lacrosse in’01, and a College World Series berth in baseball in ’02. Four different Notre Dame teams – women’s soccer, women’sbasketball, men’s fencing and baseball – were ranked No. 1 duringtheir 2000-01 seasons, and men’s lacrosse ranked second. The men’s and women’s programs won the BIG EAST ConferenceCommissioner’s Trophy in 2001 and ’02. Last year’s all-sports titlewas highlighted by a record eight league championships.
Kevin White joined with Notre Dame alumni from the St. Louis area in congratulating former Notre Dame soccer player Anne Makinen, the 2000 recipient of the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year Award.
The successes of Irish athletic teams are due in part to severalinitiatives launched by White, including a plan to add 64grants-in-aid in order to give all 26 varsity sports the full NCAAcomplement of scholarships; signing most of Notre Dame’s head coachesto multiyear contracts; improving the student development services tostudent-athletes; and commissioning a facilities master plan toupgrade the athletic physical plant.
A career educator and one of the most respected athleticadministrators in the nation, White came to Notre Dame afterpreviously serving as athletic director at Arizona State University,Tulane University, the University of Maine and Loras College.
White has served on numerous NCAA committees, including the NCAACouncil, formerly the association’s highest governing body, as wellas the executive committee of the Division I-A Athletic DirectorsAssociation and the Bowl Championship Series. While at Arizona Statehe was a member of the Pacific-10 Conference’s television and bowlcommittees.
A native of Amityville, N.Y., White earned his doctorate fromSouthern Illinois University and in 1985 completed postdoctoral workat Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. Heearned his master’s degree in athletics administration from CentralMichigan University and his bachelor’s degree in businessadministration in 1972 from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.,where he also competed as a sprinter in track and field. He wasawarded St. Joseph’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1997. In May 2001,Kevin and his wife Jane were awarded honorary degrees from St.Joseph’s.