Michael White is great hire for La. Tech
March, 30, 2011
By Mike LaPlante, ESPN Recruiting
By hiring former Mississippi assistant Michael White as the new head coach, Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde made an outstanding hire that is sure to change the course of Louisiana Tech basketball. With the recent success of young head coaches like Brad Stevens (Butler), Shaka Smart (VCU) and Josh Pastner (Memphis), Louisiana Tech hopes it can catch lightning in a bottle with White at the helm. White, who is considered one of the top up-and-coming young coaches in the college game, is an extremely bright, charismatic personality with a tremendous work capacity. He is an excellent basketball mind who has the gift to both teach the game and the ability to connect/communicate with his players in order to demand the most out of them. He understands how to build a successful program from the ground up and should have the Bulldogs in the hunt for a WAC championship soon. The enthusiastic coach thinks Louisiana Tech is a program that is bursting with potential. At his press conference White declared that if 2011 Final Four participants "Butler and VCU can do it...Why not us?"