Dr. Tommie White is in his eighth season coaching the men's and women's hurdles for USC, and you could say he has had a pretty good first seven years in his return to Troy. It's the second go-around at USC for White, who coached hurdles for the Trojans in 1980s. In 2006, White was named the West Region top assistant in women's hurdles as he was instrumental in the development of Honda Award winner and NCAA record-setter Virginia Powell.
Last season White coached Nia Ali to the NCAA title in the 100m hurldes, while Brendan Ames took third in the 110m HH and Dalilah Muhammad sixth in the 400m IH at the championship. Also during the season, Oscar Spurlock tied the school 110m HH record and Lauren Blackburn set the USC freshman record in the 100m HH.
During the 2010 season he helpd Spurlock in the 110m HH and Reggie Wyatt in the 400m IH earn All-America honors and guided six athletes to Pac-10 finals.
In 2009 White guided the then freshman Muhammad to a third-place finish in the 400m IH and All-America honors and fellow freshman Duane Walker, sophomore Spurlock and junior Shalina Clarke just finished short of gaining All-American honors.
In 2008, Clarke had an All-American season, culminating with an eighth-place finish in the 100m HH at the NCAA Championships. Senior Kai Kelley was able to pull off an impressive and difficult double, earning All-America honors in two different events, placing sixth in the 110m HH and seventh in the 400m IH.
In 2007, White guided Candice Davis to a second-place finish in the women's 100m HH at the NCAA Championships. She posted the second-fastest time in school history in the 100m HH, Clarke the eighth best and Talia Stewart the 10th best. Clarke also posted the sixth-best Trojan time ever in the 400m IH and Stewart the seventh best. On the men's side, Kelley earned All-America honors in the 110m HH and had the eight-fastest time in school history.
His hurdling crew has been outstanding since he returned to Troy. It was led in 2006 by Powell who established NCAA records in the 100m hurdles and 60m indoor hurdles and won every race she was in, picking up NCAA outdoor, NCAA indoor, NCAA West and Pac-10 titles. Davis won the 2007 Pac-10s and scored at the NCAA West, Kai Kelley scored at the 2007 Pac-10s and won at the NCAA West Regional, Tunisia Johnson scored at the 2006 Pac-10s and Blake Frazier at the 2006 Pac-10s.
In 2005, White guided Powell to the NCAA 60m indoor hurdle title and to the 100m outdoor hurdles title. He also was instrumental in the development of Frazier and Kelley, who finished second and sixth respectively at the NCAA West Regional.
He was an elite athlete in track and field for over 10 years. He is a former world-record holder in the 60m hurdles and represented the U.S. on numerous national teams. For 12 years, he was the coordinator and a consultant in "Promotions for Olympic Sports" for Adidas, USA.
Dr. White graduated from USC with PH.Ds in both psychology and kinesiology. He is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a full professor emeritus and former Department Chair of Kinesiology at California State University at Northridge. He is involved in sports psychology consultation with athletes and teams from all levels of competition, including amateurs, high school, university, professional and the Olympics.
All-Americans coached by Tommie White at USC:
* NCAA Champion