Harold White Leadership Initiative
Harold White was an inspiration in the lives of a lot of South Carolina student-athletes for many years. The former football assistant coach and administrator passed away in 2019, and we are providing a way that he can continue to have a presence around the Athletics Village.
A gift to our giving day campaign will help us provide opportunities for our Gamecock student-athletes in and out of the classroom. This initiative delivers professional development and internship opportunities as well as programs that empower our student-athletes to become the CEO of their lives through resources to educate and inspire. Further, your gift will help name the area outside the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center as the Harold White Athletics Village Courtyard in remembrance of Harold’s legacy.
White became South Carolina's first African American coach when he was hired by former head football coach Paul Dietzel as a graduate assistant in 1971 at the age of 31. He served as the head of academic support for Gamecock student-athletes from 1973 to 1989 and then returned to that position in 1993. At the time of his retirement in 2007, he was the senior associate athletics director for academic support and student services. Throughout all that time, he was affectionately known simply as "Coach."
"The University of South Carolina Athletics Department and its student-athletes have been blessed throughout history to be impacted by so many great people and positive influences," Athletics Director Ray Tanner says. "Harold White stands at the top of that list. Former Gamecock student-athletes who have become successful owe a debt of gratitude to Harold for the mentorship and positive direction he provided them. We are better for having known him and miss him immensely."