WKU FOOTBALL | New DC Excited to be at Western

01/09/2017 07:00 PM

New Western Kentucky defensive coordinator Clayton White is glad to be on staff against at WKU.

White, a 15-year coaching veteran, was hired by new head coach Mike Sanford to lead the Toppers’ defense.

White comes to Western after spending the last four seasons at North Carolina St. as the co-special teams coordinator and safeties coach.

Prior to his tenure at NC St., White was the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Connecticut.

Western fans may recognize him though prior to his UConn coaching job, when he served as Western’s co-special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach during the 2010 season.

“What I remember about WKU the most is the community, support from the administration and just from the families, too,” said White. “It was a great place to coach football for the one season I was there, so I’m excited to be back.”

The 2017 season will be his first season as a defensive coordinator in his career.

“It’s one of those situations where every off-season coaches get opportunities, and when this one came along it was like a dream come true to be honest with you,” said White. “Coaching for 15-16 years, football has been in my blood – this is my 31st fall of football. I love football, I’m 100-percent family and football. I’m just excited to get going as a defensive coordinator, getting a staff together and getting on the board and coaching these kids up, because this is a really good football team. They lost some players, but we know this program is set for success. These guys are eager to be coached and I’m eager to coach them.”

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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