Sharman White, head boys basketball coach at Pace Academy in Georgia, will coach the 2022 USA Basketball Men's U17 National Team at the 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup after having served as head coach for the 2021 USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team.
When Mike Jones took a position at Virginia Tech, USA Basketball turned to White to lead the squad 2021 U16 squad, marking White's 10th USA Basketball coaching assignment. He led the USA Basketball U16 National Team to a 6-0 record and gold medal at the 2021 FIBA Americas Championship. White helped conduct a minicamp for U16 hopefuls in May 2021 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 in advance of the competition.
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 addition, White has worked as an assistant and/or court coach for the USA Basketball Junior National Team program since 2014.
White recently completed his fourth season in 2021-22 as the head boys basketball coach at Pace Academy in Georgia. This past season, he led his squad to a 25-5 record that included the Region 6AA Championship and a trip to the second round of the state tournament. The previous two season (2019-20, 2020-21), White led Pace to consecutive state championships in 3A and 2A, respectively, with a combined record of 56-6. 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. White has compiled a 474-111 record (.810) in 24 seasons as a high school head coach (through 2021-22).
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.