More than 10 years after signing a letter of intent to play baseball at Georgia Tech, Matt White arrived on the Flats as a member of the Yellow Jacket coaching staff prior to the 2008 season. He is now in his third season as the Yellow Jackets' volunteer assistant coach.
White, who made his name as a star pitcher in the state of Pennsylvania, was a first-round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants as the seventh overall selection in the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft and elected to forego college in favor of the professional baseball ranks. Eleven years later, he finally made his way to Atlanta, and the Yellow Jackets reaped the benefits of his experience in just his first season at Georgia Tech.
In his current role, White is responsible for the development of Georgia Tech's outfielders while assiting Hall, pitching coach Tom Kinkelaar and hitting coach Bryan Prince in all other aspects of the game.
Under his tutelage, Charlie Blackmon flourished in his first year as an outfielder, recording a .982 fielding percentage (only two errors in addition to 102 putouts and five assists) while garnering second-team All-ACC honors. Blackmon, a twice-drafted pitcher, led the team with a .396 batting average and 25 stolen bases and was selected in the second round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by the Colorado Rockies. Additionally, freshman outfielder Jeff Rowland finished second on the team in batting average (.335) and stolen bases (22).
White's professional career was cut short due to shoulder problems which eventually resulted in career-ending surgeries. He spent 10 years in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' organization before retiring in 2006.
Upon his retirement, White chose to attend college in Georgia in hopes of pursuing a coaching career in the college ranks. He also served as the summer pitching coach and community coach for the Milton High School baseball team in Alpharetta, Ga.
Prior to being drafted, White was one of the top prep players in the country. Tabbed the 1996 High School Player of the Year by both USA Today and Baseball America, he also earned the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year, National Senior High School Player of the Year and the USA Baseball National Amateur Player of the Year awards the same year. A first-team prep All-American by the Baseball Coaches Association, White was named the Pennsylvania Player of the Year following his senior year of high school.
A 1996 graduate of Waynesboro Area High School where he had a career 0.65 ERA, White is actively pursuing his degree in wildlife management from the University of Georgia. He is married to the former Kristin Schmit, an assistant attorney general in Atlanta, and the couple has one daughter, Charlotte.