DEKALB COUNTY–Miller Grove High School’s Coach Sharman White and his six-time champion basketball team are basking in glory again. White was named USA Today’s “Coach of the Year” this week.
“I found out a couple of weeks ago, but they swore me to secrecy like the President was coming. It was pretty crazy to keep the secret,” White told On Common Ground News. “I don’t know if USA Today will be sending an award or anything. They haven’t told me anything like that yet.”
Last year, White was named Georgia’s “Coach of the Year” by the Atlanta Tip Off Club. He has been the basketball coach and athletic director at Miller Grove since the school opened in 2005.
This year, White coached his team to a state record sixth consecutive title.
Winning was all the more emotional for the Wolverines, who dedicated their season to freshman Terrell “Too Tall” Coleman, who collapsed and died during an all-star game.
White said the recognition from USA Today is a great individual award, but he could never achieve such heights without a great supporting cast.
“The players put in countless hours and the parents have to make that sacrifice for us to keep them, sometimes all night. My coaching staff is second to none. We have had nothing but support from DeKalb County. It really does take the whole community working together as one,” said White. “The reason we have become a powerhouse in a small amount of years is because all the players and their families bought into what I was saying to them.”
White said he held a meeting with players on April 4 to prepare for next season.
“As soon as the kids get back from spring break, we’ll be back at it. We’ll be back in the gym and the weight room, working out and conditioning to try to do it all over again,” said White. “One day, I would like to be coaching on the college level, but right now, all my focus is on Miller Grove. We have more work to do here.”