By Nathan Dugener
NORTON SHORES–Mona Shores varsity women’s assistant soccer coach Scott White has dedicated her time to serving our country with her 20-year military service and local communities through high school sports.
White graduated from Mona Shores, class of 1979.
White served in the United States Air Force from 1979 to 1999. White was involved in aircraft avionics maintenance, which involves repairing aircraft radios, internal crew communications, radars and navigational aids, both on aircraft and on testbeds. He was also trained in other aircraft maintenance duties. White attended Technical School in Biloxi, Mississippi at Keesler AFB.
White traveled to 20 countries and 45 states during his tenure with the Air Force and was stationed at the following locations, twice at Wright Patterson AFB, Fairborn, Ohio, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan, Eglin AFB , Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Yokota AB, Fussa, Japan, Altus AFB, Altus, Oklahoma and retired from Dyess AFB, Abilene, Texas.
White earned an associate of applied science degree in avionics technology from the Air Force Community College. While in college, most of Scott’s educational experience consisted of working with hands-on training or evening classes.
White’s first volunteer experience began in Yokota AB, Japan, volunteering for the local Girl Scouts and becoming the regional cookie coordinator. This position was to ensure that all bases in Korea and Japan received the shipments needed to sell Scout Cookies. After taking on this position, he realized he had a passion for working with children.
While stationed in Oklahoma, White began his coaching career when his daughters, Randi and Samantha, started playing football. He then began coaching the softball, basketball and volleyball teams for the base’s youth activities.
When they returned to Michigan after retiring from military service, Scott began coaching at Mona Shores when his youngest daughter made the football team. Scott helped with indoor teams and with scoring and calling. This progressed to the junior varsity team and eventually led to him helping out at the varsity level.
“It’s a great feeling to see these young girls entering the program as shy first-timers and graduating as confident young women,” White said. “I hope I had a small role in that.”
White believes his military experience has had a positive impact on his training.
“I think the military helped prepare me for educational athletics by giving me the ability to handle stressful situations, adapt to change on the fly, teach why teamwork is a big part of the game, the ability to navigate the different personalities that we come across and just be organized (some think a little too organized sometimes) and keep things together,” he said.
White currently works for GE Aviation in Grand Rapids, supporting the flight management system for C-130 aircraft.
Scott is married to Terri White and they have two children – Randi and Samantha – as well as four granddaughters: Chloe, Madison, Rayleigh and Quinn.
White has some great advice for current players and coaches.
“Remember it’s just one game, have fun and don’t dwell too much on stats and wins/losses,” he said. “These will be the memories you will cherish as you go through life.”
Thanks to Scott for his service both in the military and in the many communities he greatly influenced.