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Thu. June 16, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Boca Ciega's Will White set to coach Northeast

Former Boca Ciega girls basketball coach Will White, who stepped down in February because he said he needed to spend more time with his family, is set to end his four-month hiatus from coaching to take over the girls program at Northeast.

"It's in the works, but nothing would be official until next week," White said. "This would be a great situation for myself and my family." 

White would replace Chris Holler, who led the Vikings to a 10-15 record this past season. White would also will teach Social Studies at Northeast. The move would allow White to balance family and coaching more considering he lives a few miles from Northeast.

White said he did not want to comment more until the job was official.

In eight seasons with the Pirates, White compiled a 193-45 record with six district championships and seven straight 20-win seasons. He also has kept intact the Pirates' streak of making the playoffs for 19 seasons, the third-longest streak in the state, trailing Jacksonville Ribault (21) and Fort Walton Beach (20). In three of the past four seasons, he led Boca Ciega to state final four appearances.

With the Vikings, White would inherit a young team that rebounded from an 0-6 start to win 10 of its last nine games and advance to the district semifinals, where it lost to Gibbs. But making the playoffs next season will be tough considering Northeast is in Class 7A, District 10 along with Clearwater, Countryside, Pinellas Park, Seminole and St. Petersburg.

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