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2016 was Coach White’s 31st year as the Chargers Head Coach and his 38th year with the program when we retired in 2016. While an Edison student, his athletic achievements were numerous. In 1973 he was named M.V.P. of the baseball and football teams and in 1974 was named Edison’s Athlete of the Year. Dave also earned three Varsity letters his senior year in football, basketball and baseball. The winning continued at Orange Coast College as Dave quarterbacked the 1975 National Championship Team. He concluded his playing career at Oregon State University earning a degree in Physical Education. Two years later Dave received his Special Education Degree from Azuza Pacific University. Coach White returned to Edison in 1979 as the head freshman football coach, head girls’ junior varsity basketball coach and head freshman baseball coach. He then spent six years as assistant coach to Bill Workman. Coach White has coached many talented QBs including Mike Henderson, Mike Angelovic, Greg Angelovic, Donnie Smith, Josh Gingrich, John Khamis, Todd Belitz, Pat Markowski, Jeff Grady, Jason Kripavicius, Richard Schwartz, Tommy Grady, Brian Shrock, Nick Crissman, Matt Viles, Chase Favreau and Alek Torgersen. Dave has led the program to twelve league championships, having won the last eight out of ten. The Chargers have been to the C.I.F. Finals four times this decade. The 2009 team went 13 and 1, which is the best record since the 1980 team that went 14 and 0. The 2012 team won the C.I.F. Championship with a record of 13 and 2. Last year’s team finished 7 and 4. Coach White’s overall record is 218 wins, 113 losses and 3 ties.
The Orange County All-Star Football Game has been a source of pride for the White family. Dave ‘74, Matt ‘04 and Hunter ‘07 all played in the game. Dave has also coached the South Team in 1990 and 2001. He also distinguished himself by coaching the 1987 girl’s basketball team to the C.I.F. Championship with a record of 31 and 2. In 1992 Dave coached Shelley Taylor to a State Track Championship in the mile.
Coach White and his wife Lytie live in Newport Coast. They have three sons. Matt, 30, coaches high school football in Boise. Hunter, 27, lives and works in Newport Beach, Garrett, 19, has recently started school at Yale.