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Sharman White

Sharman White, head boys basketball coach at Pace Academy in Georgia, served as head coach for the 2021 USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team, appointed after initially expecting to serve as an assistant coach. When Mike Jones took a position at Virginia Tech, USA Basketball turned to White to lead the squad. It was White's 10th USA Basketball coaching assignment, leading the USA Basketball Mens U16 National Team to a 6-0 record and gold medal at the 2021 FIBA Americas Championship in Xalapa, Mexico. 

White helped conduct a minicamp for U16 hopefuls this past May at USA Men's Junior National Team minicamp, and training camp to select the 2021 USA U16 Men's National Team is expected to feature 22 athletes from Aug. 13-18 in Houston.

White was named head coach for the 2021 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team, but that event was not played due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the year prior, he was set to be the USA head coach at the 2020 Nike Hoop Summit, which was cancelled due to the pandemic.

In the summer of 2019, White helped lead the USA to a gold medal as an assistant coach for the 2019 USA Men’s U16 National Team, and he was a court coach at the 2019 USA Men's Junior National Team July minicamp.

He also has served as a court coach at the 2018 USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team training camp, he was a gold-medal winning assistant coach for USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and he has been a coach at the 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Minicamps.

Additionally, he was named as an assistant coach for the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team but was not able to participate after being hired as an assistant coach at Georgia State University in April 2016.

White recently completed his third season in 2020-21 as the head boys basketball coach at Pace Academy in Georgia.

This past season, he led his squad to a 28-2 record a 2021 Georgia 2A state title and the first round of the GEICO Nationals.

In 2019-20, White and Pace Academy finished 28-4 and won a Georgia 3A state title.

In his first campaign in 2018-19, he led the Knights to a 20-9 overall record and the first round of the state tournament.

Overall, in 23 seasons as a high school head coach, he has compiled a 449-106 record (.809 winning percentage) through the 2020-21 season.

Prior to Pace Academy, White was an assistant coach at Georgia State University for two seasons (2016-17 to 2017-18), where he helped the team to a 44-24 record (.647), including a 24-11 campaign and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017-18.

Before Georgia State, White was a high school coach for 20 seasons (1996-97 through 2015-16). Eleven of those seasons (2005-06 to 2015-16) were as the head boys’ basketball coach and athletic director at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Georgia. At Miller Grove, White compiled a 268-60 record (.817), including six-straight state championships.

The 2014 USA Today All-USA Coach of the Year, White guided Miller Grove to the 2009-2012 Georgia Class 4A titles and the 2013 and 2014 Georgia Class 5A championships. 

His final season at Miller Grove in 2015-16 was one of his most impressive, as his team finished 31-3 and earned a bid to the Dick’s National’s tournament. He was named the 2016 National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year. 

White’s 2014-15 squad captured the 2015 regional championship and finished the year 27-4 record.

White also advanced Miller Grove to seven state semifinals and won seven regional titles (2008-10, 2012-15). He was recognized by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club and Georgia Sports Writers Association as the 2013 Georgia Coach of the Year, as the 2013 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Class 5A Coach of the Year, the Georgia Class 4A Coach of the Year three times (2010-12) and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Class 4A Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Before arriving at Miller Grove, White coached at Carver High School in Georgia.

In his final season at Carver, he was named the 2004 Georgia Class 5AA Coach of the Year after leading his team to a regional title and the state championship game.

White earned a degree from Georgia Southern University in 1995 and a master’s degree from Coppin State in 2003.

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