Texas softball made a massive move Monday night, hiring Oregon coach Mike White to take over the Longhorns.
In his nine seasons in Eugene, White led Oregon to five Women’s College World Series appearances, including this season when the Ducks earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. He’s compiled a 435-111-1 record at Oregon and won five Pac-12 championships.
Now he’s taking over for Connie Clark, who retired in May after 22 years at Texas. White said he hopes to build on Clark’s legacy with the Longhorns.
“Why not Texas?” White said in a news release. “I believe The University of Texas has every resource available to become a national power in softball. The recruiting base in Texas is tremendous, and the plans that [athletic director] Chris Del Conte has for the program and facility upgrades make Texas very appealing. I think it’s the right time in my career to make a move.”
“What I want to do now is take the solid foundation established by Coach Clark and build on it going forward.”
Texas finished fourth in the Big 12 this season, although the program has been historically successful under Clark. The Longhorns have made five Women’s College World Series, all under Clark.
Del Conte said he is excited about White’s ability to build a program.
“What he has accomplished in nine years at Oregon is truly special,” Del Conte said in the news release. “In a short period of time, Mike took a program that had not had a great deal of success and built it into a consistent national power. He is a program builder, and Mike truly cares about developing his student-athletes — on the diamond, in the classroom and as people. I’m so excited about the future of Texas Softball with Mike leading our program.”