White, Dildy to stay on at UM

Andy Kennedy is scheduled to announce today that Michael White and Tracy Dildy will stay on as assistant men's basketball coaches.

Michael White and Tracy Dildy, both serving as men's basketball assistant coaches the past two seasons, will continue to serve as assistant coaches on the staff of new Rebel head coach Andy Kennedy.

A statement from The University of Mississippi is expected later today. Kennedy is leaving today for the Final Four and will continue to search for another coach to fill the remaining assistant's position.

White, a graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans and a point guard for the Rebels from 1995-99, was an assistant coach at Jacksonville (Ala.) State for four years prior to returning to Ole Miss in the summer of 2004. He served as associate head coach of the Gamecocks his final season at JSU. He served as interim head coach at Ole Miss during the several days a search was being conducted to find a replacement for former UM head coach Rod Barnes.

Dildy was at Auburn before coming to Ole Miss also in the summer of 2004. Prior to his two seasons with the Tigers, Dildy was an assistant at DePaul for four years, at Ball State for four years, and at Illinois-Chicago, his alma mater, for four years.

The Rebels had only one senior on the roster in 2005-06 – Londrick Nolen. There has been some speculation that at least a few of the players were considering leaving the program, which is often the case with any program at any school when a coaching change takes place.

Dildy and White recruited a number of the current Rebel players, and while obviously not the focal point of the retention of White and Dildy, it is widely thought that those players who are considering leaving might lean even more toward staying at Ole Miss as the former assistants are retained.

The following are the biographical information from Ole Miss currently on the Ole Miss sports website

Michael White:

A four-year starter at the point, Michael White helped captain the Rebels to national prominence in the late 1990s and returned to the program as an assistant coach on June 16, 2004.

White's first season back at Ole Miss saw him help the program put together an incoming class for 2005-06 that was ranked as high as third in college basketball by recruiting publications.

A point guard for the Rebels from 1995-99, White entered the starting lineup in the eighth game of his true freshman season and missed only one start at the point the remainder of his four years in the Red and Blue.

Over that span, the 6-foot, 180-pound guard helped guide Ole Miss to one of the most successful stints in the program's history, earning consecutive SEC Western Division titles, three straight NCAA Tournament berths and the Rebels' first ever Tournament win in 1999 -- White's senior season and Barnes' first as head coach.

White led the squad in assists all four years and ranks fifth on the Ole Miss career assist list with 370. He was a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and a member of the 1999 SEC Good Works Team.

White was invited to the NBA's Utah Jazz summer training camp upon completing his career in Oxford. He divided the 1999-2000 season playing professionally for the IBL's New Mexico Slam and overseas in England before returning to Ole Miss in spring 2000 to complete his B.A. in Business.

Before returning to Oxford, White spent four years on Mike LaPlante's Jacksonville State staff, helping coordinate the Gamecocks' recruiting efforts for three seasons. His time in Jacksonville, Ala., included the school's first-ever conference tournament victory in 2002-03 en route to JSU's first 20-win campaign in almost a decade. He was promoted to associate head coach prior to his final season at Jacksonville State.

Born on March 2, 1977, in Dunedin, Fla., White has grown up around college coaches and the great game of basketball. Michael's father, Kevin White, is currently the Athletics Director at the University of Notre Dame and raised his family around competitive environments of Arizona State, Tulane and Maine. Michael's younger brother Danny played basketball at Towson and Notre Dame and recently worked in the Ole Miss athletic department as a Development Associate for the Loyalty Foundation before leaving for a position at Northern Illinois University.

White played his high school basketball at nationally known Jesuit High School in New Orleans, La., under nationally-respected coach Chris Jennings. Jesuit High School has been the breeding ground for coaches like Samford University's Jimmy Tillette and Birmingham Southern's Duane Reboul.

In July 2004, White married the former Kira Zschau, a four-year letterwinner for the Ole Miss volleyball team (1997-2000) and an All-SEC outside hitter as a senior. She is currently pursuing a law degree from Ole Miss.

Tracy Dildy:

A 17-year coaching veteran with a proven track record as a recruiter, Tracy Dildy joined the Rebel staff on April 22, 2004.

He has been named one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com's basketball recruiting experts. In his first season as an Ole Miss assistant coach, Dildy lived up to his billing, as he helped assemble an incoming class for 2005-06 that was ranked as high as No. 3 nationally by recruiting publications.

Before arriving in Oxford, Dildy spent two seasons as an assistant at Auburn and served as assistant head coach for recruiting in 2003-04. In his first year on the Plains in 2002-03, the Tigers, a preseason last-place pick in the SEC, posted a 22-12 mark and lost to eventual NCAA Champion Syracuse 79-78 in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

Prior to coming to Auburn in 2002, Dildy spent five years at DePaul. He was an associate coach in his final two seasons (2000-2002) and was responsible for four outstanding recruiting classes for the Blue Demons. The 2001 class was ranked No. 1 in the nation, while the 1999 group was tabbed No. 2.

At DePaul, Dildy recruited the New York Knicks' Quentin Richardson, who was both the Conference USA Player and Freshman of the Year in 1999. Bobby Simmons and Lance Williams earned All-C-USA honors along with Freshman All-C-USA selections Steve Hunter and Imari Sawyer.

Dildy came to DePaul after three seasons at Ball State where he served as an assistant from 1994-97. The Cardinals reached the 1995 NCAA Tournament, and Dildy recruited the Memphis Grizzlies' Bonzi Wells, who earned Mid-American Conference Player of the Year honors twice and is the MAC's all-time leading scorer.

Prior to Ball State, Dildy spent three seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Illinois-Chicago, from 1991-94. He recruited three players who were named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference's Player of the Year in Kenny Williams (1993-94), Sherrell Ford (1994-95) and Mark Miller (1997-98).

Dildy was a two-year letterman at UIC, where the point guard ended his career sixth on the school's all-time assist list (260) and ninth in steals (105). He was inducted into the UIC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.

Before earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1991, Dildy spent his first two years of college enrolled at San Diego State. Besides the UIC Athletic Hall of Fame, he was also inducted into the State of Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Chicago Public League Hall of Fame in 1998.

Dildy married the former Tracy Collier of Auburn, Ala. The couple has four children, Devin, Aubrey, Tracie and Jokodie.

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