White, RobertInducted: 1983

Middleville

Coach Robert White began his coaching career at Martins Ferry, Ohio. He was an assistant coach under legendary Ohio coach Fred Thomas. While there, Martins Ferry captured the Ohio State Championship. After two years he moved on to his first head coaching job at Kenton, Ohio for four successful seasons. In 1954 he and his wife Betty moved to Middleville. He coached for several years with Bill Hanson and took over as head football coach in 1962. His record at Thornapple-Kellogg was an incredible 140-27-5. While there he helped start youth flag football was involved in coaching high school basketball and baseball He spent his summers coaching youth summer baseball and basketball Bob’s teams won the Michigan State Championships in 1964 and 1965. These years laid the foundation for a tradition that would continue throughout his remaining years at TK. Coach White had undefeated regular season teams in 1964, 1965, 1975, 1979 and 1980. His teams won the conference championship 13 out of 19 seasons. During his tenure, there were three All-Americans, 15 All-State athletes and 63 All- Conference recipients. He was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1983. The speakers that year were Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes. Bob always had the upmost respect for the great coaches and was a personal friend of Bo and Woody. He played college ball for a year while in flight school in North Carolina under Paul "Bear" Bryant. Bob always remarked how these men influenced his coaching style. His impact on the thousands of athletes and students will be long remembered. He encouraged and mentored many young coaches. Bob lived a life that embodied one of his favorite statements, Pride, Class and Tradition.



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