Mavs' White retiring after 36 years
After spending his entire adult life as a basketball coach, Gosnell White is retiring.
White, who has been Marvin Ridge High's boys basketball coach since the school opened in 2007, has announced this is his last season on the bench.
White has been a basketball coach for 36 years, including lengthy coaching stints at Harding and West Charlotte, where he became one of the winningest coaches in Mecklenburg County history.
"It started to leak out," said the 58-year-old White of his decision to retire. "I didn't want it to come out like it did, but I guess the word was going around. It was time and you just know when it's time."
White has a career coaching record of 535-246.
He led West Charlotte to eight straight conference championships from 1997-2004, including a 4A state title in the 1998-99 season, when the Lions were ranked among the top 10 in the nation by USA Today.
White has given the prime years of his life to high school basketball.
"I love the kids and I like competing," said White, when asked why he's had such a lengthy coaching career. "I think I'm going to miss it."
In seven seasons at Marvin Ridge, White has compiled a record of 102-73, which includes conference championships in 2010-11 and 2012-13.
The Mavericks have made the playoffs every season under White and have advanced to the second round four times. Their best season came in 2008-09, when they finished 19-7 and made it to the second round.
This season's Marvin Ridge team is 12-7 overall and tied for third in the Southern Carolina Conference.
Marvin Ridge senior John Emezie, who leads Union County in scoring at 30.2 points per game, has played under White for four seasons.
"It's been great," said Emezie. "He gave me a chance since freshman year. I've always liked him as a coach and all the players have liked him, so it's going to be sad seeing him gone."
Emezie says it won't be the same without White on the sideline at Marvin Ridge.
"I definitely want to come back and see some of our younger guys play in the future," Emezie said. "But it's definitely going to be a different atmosphere without Coach White around."