White looks to revive baseball tradition
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
By Tracy Washam
Chuck White spent three years as a player in Oklahoma Christian University's
baseball program under the direction of Max Dobson. Now, White looks to revive
the baseball traditions created by Dobson as the Eagle baseball returns to the
"I am humbled to follow in Coach Dobson's footsteps as we renew the
baseball program," White said. "I want to help bring back the
tradition of baseball that was here in the past. I want baseball to be an
ambassador for the university - a quality program that our alumni, supporters
and campus community can be proud of."
Oklahoma Christian first played intercollegiate baseball from 1960 to 2001. The
Eagles were a recurring playoff team under former coach Max Dobson and placed
third in the 1972 NAIA College World Series.
Chuck White played second base for the Eagles from 1973 to 1976. In one of the
most famous games in OC baseball history, his eighth-inning hit drove in the
winning run to beat the University of Oklahoma 1-0 in 1973.
"Chuck was just an outstanding student athlete," former head baseball
coach Max Dobson said. "He really was the kind of player a coach hopes to
sign to their program."
White attended the University of Oklahoma his freshman year of college before
transferring to Oklahoma Christian.
"The University of Oklahoma just wasn't the right place for me,"
White said. "It all came down to playing time and I had a better chance to
really contribute to a great team at Oklahoma Christian."
White has always been supporter of Oklahoma Christian's atmosphere and the
higher education the university provides.
"One of my best experiences while playing at Oklahoma Christian was just
the great Christian environment, and the camaraderie I developed with my
teammates," White said.
White, a 1976 Oklahoma Christian graduate, was a 28-year member of the Mid-Del
School District before returning to Oklahoma Christian as director of athletic
operations in 2004.
"Intercollegiate baseball is an integral part of OC's athletic tradition.
We're excited about what a positive this is for the university from both an
athletic and student recruiting perspective. Our goal is to be competitive as
soon as possible," athletic director Dewayne Hall said. "With his
ties to our past success and his ability to bring out the best in
student-athletes, Chuck White is the right choice to lead the rebirth of our
White led Carl Albert High School's baseball team to the state tournament in
2002 and the softball team to the state tournament in both 2003 and 2004. The
Tulsa World named him All-Suburban Conference Softball Coach of the Year in
2002. He also coached future major-leaguer A.J. Hinch and Oklahoma State
University star Ryan Budde as an assistant coach at Midwest City High School.
"I'm a true believer in working at something with all your heart,"
White said. "Where ever I coach or teach I am dedicated 100 percent and
that is something I try to pass on to the kids I teach and coach, because those
are the qualities I picked up in my time at Oklahoma Christian."
One of Whites biggest challenges right now is raising money and getting the new
baseball facility finished.
"Once we finish building the facility, people will realize that OC
baseball is back. I've spent a lot of time building facilities. It's one of the
things I've done, besides being a baseball coach," White said.
White has helped build many programs and is well respected in his ways of
recruiting and running a team.
"As far as recruiting, he's a personable guy and he's a hard worker. He's
Incredible. Nobody works harder than he does," Dobson said. "I'm
confident Chuck White will keep the right priorities while leading the team to
national prominence. He knows what it takes to win. He's a multi-talented man,
coach, and contractor. Chuck can build anything. I can't say enough about him."
In 1999, White was named Oklahoma Christian's Education Alumnus of the Year. He
has also served as president of the Oklahoma City Baseball Coaches