White was one of five recipients; the other recipients were: defensive coordinator Tony Pierce of Alabama State University (Division I-AA); offensive coordinator Brian Hughes of Long Island University, C.W. Post (Division II); defensive coordinator Keith Emery of Johns Hopkins University (Division III); and offensive coordinator Nick Howlett of Carroll College in Montana (NAIA).
White, who also coaches running backs, received the award based on several criteria, including community service, participation in AFCA activities and events, participation in other professional organizations, impact on athletes and the players' and the team's success on the field.
Staff representatives from NCAA and NAIA schools with football programs nominated White and the other recipients of the award. The AFCA Public Relations Committee chooses the winner from a pool of three finalists in each division.
The award honors assistant coaches who excel on and off the field and was first given in 1997.
"Once again, five outstanding assistant coaches have been selected for their dedication, not only to their teams, but to their communities," Executive Director Grant Teaff said in a release. "Often times, the head coach receives much of the credit for his team's success. Any head coach is only as good as his assistants. Much of an assistant coach's work is done behind the scenes. It is our pleasure to bring it to the forefront."
White will receive a plaque and educational stipend to the 2005 AFCA Convention or another professional development clinic or convention at the AFCA Kickoff Luncheon Jan. 10 at the convention, held in Louisville, Ky.