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Greg is a native of Mullens, West Virginia (same home town as NBA and Olympic coach Mike D'Antoni). He was a highly recruited high school All-American scoring 50 points with 15 assists in the same game playing for legendary Coach Don Nuckols. As a senior, he was named West Virginia High School Player of the Year and he was selected to tour with the United States All-Stars in the United States and Canada. In 1990, Greg was inducted into the Mullens High School Hall of Fame.

Greg played college basketball at Marshall University where he earned two degrees: a Bachelor's Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Sports Management. At Marshall, he rocketed to stardom starting 113 consecutive games at the point guard position. He still holds records at Marshall for 18 assists in a single game, 3-point shooting from the 22 foot arc and he is second in career assists with 701. Greg is a member of the 1,000 point club, a two-time Marshall MVP, a two-time team captain, and three-time All-Southern Conference selection. In 1981, Greg was 1 of 64 college seniors selected to participate in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Virginia for the NBA and European professional teams. In 1993, Greg was inducted into the Marshall University Hall of Fame.

All toll, Greg spent three decades in college basketball. During his career as a player, head coach and assistant coach, Greg participated in more than 500 victories and coached five NBA players and 41 European pros. He managed to maintain a 95% graduation rate and his graduates work successfully in various walks of life. After his playing career, he became the youngest head coach in the country (age 25) at the University of Pikeville where he coached NBA draft pick Todd May (40 ppg). He was head coach at several other well-known schools such as Marshall University and the University of Charleston (also special assistant to the UC President) where he won several championships, won 195 games and finished his career as the school’s second winningest coach. He also served as assistant basketball coach at UCLA (11 National Championships) where he became a part of the UCLA storied championship tradition. He worked for National Championship Head Coach Jim Harrick and assisted alongside Lorenzo Romar (Head Coach Pepperdine University) and Steve Lavin (ex UCLA and St. John's University coach-current Fox Sports and Pac 12 analyst). Greg ran the famed UCLA basketball camps that were ultra successful!

In 1996, Greg left UCLA to become Marshall University’s head basketball coach (following ex-Florida and NBA’s Oklahoma City Coach Billy Donovan). Greg held that position for seven years, during which he had numerous accomplishments including being the 1997 Southern Conference "Coach of the Year" and a $6 million renovation of the Cam Henderson Center. As Marshall’s head coach, Greg’s teams won 115 games and were 87-17 (84%) in home games in Marshall’s Cam Henderson Center and 33-3 (91%) in non-conference home games beating foes like the University of Massachusetts, the University of Georgia, Wake Forest University and the University of Detroit. Greg's Marshall teams scored wins over every Southern Conference and Mid-American Conference teams during his tenure.


Greg's 2002 Marshall team lead all of college basketball (351 NCAA D-I teams) in 3-point field goal percentage at 44%. The 2002 team set a school record 19 3's in one game. During his tenure at Marshall, Greg had one player, Keith Veney, who hit 15 3's in a game that still serves as an NCAA record. Another player, Ronald Blachshear, had 11 consecutive 3's in a game that tied an NCAA record on his way to hitting 14 3's. His Marshall team had a record-setting 27 home-game winning streak. He successfully guided Marshall from the Southern Conference to the Mid-American Conference and took Marshall's graduation rate from the worst in the Mid-American Conference to the BEST! Greg finished his coaching career as the third-winningest coach (29 coaches) in school basketball history!


Greg was known for his recruiting prowess and frequent top 50 recruiting classes, including Marshall’s first NBA player in 30 years, Tamar Slay (WV High School Player of the Year). Greg also recruited J.R. VanHoose (Kentucky’s 1990’s Player of the Decade). Vanhoose and Slay were recently inducted into Marshall’s Hall of Fame, and they are Marshall's fifth and sixth leading scorers! Vanhoose is Marshall's second-leading rebounder. Additional Herd signees during his tenure include Cornelious Jackson and Joda Burgess who were also WV High School Players of the Year. Greg recruited 18 All-Conference selections during his time at Marshall.


Greg’s leadership and mentoring abilities propelled many assistant coaches and players to head coaching positions and top assistant positions including: Head Coach Gregg Marshall (Wichita State University), Head Coach Kevin Keatts (North Carolina State University), Head Coach Donnie Jones (Stetson University), Head Coach John Brannen (University of Cincinnati), Head Coach Jeff Boals (Ohio University), Head Coach A.W. Hamilton (Eastern Kentucky University), Head Coach Jeff Burkhamer (University of West Florida), Head Coach Bryan Poore (West Virginia State University), Head Coach Mark Downey (Northeastern State University), Head Coach Dave Dickerson (University of South Carolina Upstate) and Assistant Coach Cornelius Jackson (Marshall University), Assistant Coach Steve Snell (Ohio University) and Assistant Coach Shawn Finney (Samford University). Additionally, Greg worked for Head Coach Dana Altman (University of Oregon) and NBA assistant and executive Bob Zuffelato (Toronto Raptors-retired) as a student assistant at Marshall.


Since 1980, 35,000 campers have participated in GREG WHITE BASKETBALL CAMPS. Thousands of campers have gone on to have successful youth, middle school and high school careers gaining an assist from Greg’s camps. Hundreds of campers (boys and girls) have gone on to play college basketball after participating, learning to set goals and mastering the fundamentals of the game of basketball. The camps are not ordinary camps; they focus on what he calls THE WINNING EDGE: not only in the game of basketball but also “THE GAME OF LIFE”. The camps place great emphasis on personal qualities directly related to success (LISTENING, academics, goal setting, manners, respect, self-discipline, appearance, enthusiasm, competing, etc). Greg’s camps at Marshall University and the University of Charleston are the largest sports camps in the history of each school attracting over 1,000 participates during their peak. GREG WHITE BASKETBALL CAMPS are the largest in the history of sports camps in the state of West Virginia, attracting over 35,000 participants from 37 states and several European countries. As such, it has been said Greg is the "most photographed" man in the state of West Virginia because of all the individual pictures he has taken with his campers. Many of Greg's campers have gone on to sign full basketball scholarships! His Wizard White ball handling show has been performed at hundreds of top university, college and blue-chip basketball camps all over the world. He has also performed at numerous NBA and European professional league halftime shows, captivating thousands and thousands of spectators with his wizardry.


In 2010, Greg left coaching and started Greg White Speaks and joined longtime friend Jeff Schneider (former Virginia Tech great) as an investor and partner with BigShots.net, the nation's premier provider of grass-roots basketball tournaments! BIG SHOTS is the largest basketball company in the world with 45,000 players participating in BIG SHOTS events in 2017-2018 throughout the United States.


In 2012, Greg started the highly successful BIG SHOTS Basketball Camps. The camps were ultra-successful in attracting outstanding talent and were known for teaching basketball fundamentals. The camp greatly emphasized teaching campers and parents about the complexities of the college recruiting process. In addition, goal setting was taught at the camp relative to performance in the classroom, on the court and in the biggest game of all the "GAME OF LIFE". In 2017, Greg transitioned the camp into a highly successful consulting firm. The firm specializes in working with prospective players and their parents on how to navigate the complexities of the recruiting process, helping them find the right college whether it's DIV I, DIV II, DIV III, NAIA and Junior College. Click here to learn more.

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Education

  • Master of Science, Sports Management - Marshall University, 1993

  • Bachelor of Business, Marketing - Marshall University, 1984

  • Mullens High School, 1977
     

Employment

  • Owner Greg White Speaks

  • Owner Greg White Basketball

  • Owner Big Shots Elite Basketball Camp

  • Head Basketball Coach, Assistant to the President - University of Charleston, 2003–2010

  • Head Basketball Coach - Marshall University, 1996–2003

  • Assistant Basketball Coach - UCLA,
    (11 National Championships),1995–1996 (Head coach Jim Harrick--National Championship Coach)

  • Head Basketball Coach - University of Charleston, 1990–1995

  • Assistant Basketball Coach - Marshall University, 1989–1990, (Head coach
    Dana Altman)

  • Head Basketball Coach - University of Pikeville, 1984–1989

  • Student Assistant Coach - Marshall University, 1981–1982, (Head coach Bob Zuffelato)

  • Consultant and Speaker, Converse,
    1979–1989

  • Consultant and Speaker, Reebok,
    1994–2002

  • Consultant, AND 1, 2003

  • Consultant, Nike, 2011--Present
     

Achievements

  • Delivered over 2000 motivational speeches

  • 500+ wins as a head coach, assistant coach, and player

  • 95% graduation rate as a head coach

  • Coached five NBA players (UCLA and Marshall)

  • Has attended 28 straight Final Four's as a NABC member

  • 1987 coached nation’s leading scorer. (Todd May, 40ppg, University of Pikeville)

  • 1992 WVIAC Regular Season Champions (University of Charleston)

  • 1992 WVIAC Coach of the Year (University of Charleston)

  • 1993 WVIAC Tournament Champions (University of Charleston)

  • 1996 UCLA Pac-10 Champions - NCAA Tournament

  • 1996 Assistant Coach in NABC Final Four All-Star game (assistant to National Championship coach Jim Harrick-UCLA)

  • 1997 Southern Conference Champions (Marshall University)

  • 1997 Southern Conference Coach of the Year (Marshall University)

  • Largest Basketball Camps in the history
    of Marshall University, University of Charleston and in the state of West Virginia

  • Conducted the famed UCLA Basketball Camps

 

Player Achievements
and Honors

  • Earned and maintained basketball scholarship at Marshall University,
    1977–1981

  • All Southern Conference Selection,
    three times

  • 2-time MVP and Team Captain at
    Marshall University, 1979–1981

  • 113 consecutive starts at the point guard position

  • Record 3 point shooter at Marshall 22 feet arc 1980-81

  • Record 18 assists in one game

  • Record 701 career assists

  • Member 1000 Point Club

  • Played in Prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, 1981 (Portsmouth, Va)

  • 1977 High School All-American, Mullens High School, (played for legendary high school coach Don Nuckols)

  • 1977 WV High School Player of the Year

  • 1977 50 points and 15 assists in same game

  • 1993 Marshall University Hall of Fame Inductee

 

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WHAT THEY'RE 

SAYING

“Greg White is hands down the best speaker I have ever heard. His passion, motivation and professionalism surpass any national speaker I’ve listened to.” 

 

Kent Carper 

Kanawha County Commissioner, Attorney of Law