Kirk White
Kirk  White

Assistant Coach


2015-16 In Review: Winter

Three of Boise State's four conference athletes of the year competed in the winter

One of the all-time greats in Boise State wrestling history, Kirk White is entering his seventh year as an assistant coach for the Broncos.

The 1999 NCAA National Champion at 165 pounds, White earned a total of three All-America awards, and one league title while wrestling for Boise State. Since completing his collegiate career in 2001, White has coached at many different levels while continuing his competitive career in Freestyle wrestling at the national and international level.

As a sophomore in 1999, White burst on to the collegiate scene when he became the first Bronco to win an NCAA National Championship (165 pounds) in wrestling. He continued his collegiate success by earning two more NCAA All-America awards in 2000 and 2001 to become the only three-time NCAA Wrestling All-American in Boise State history. White posted a four-year record of 130-26 for an .833 winning percentage.

Along with his coaching duties, White has continued to compete in Freestyle, winning several medals at international tournaments in his weight class of 74 kilos (163 pounds). During the 2006-07 season White captured the silver medal at the Sunkist International. One week later White avenged his loss to Scott Owen at Sunkist, handing him a 12-3 defeat to win the RealPro Wrestling West Regional. He also won the Clansmen International Gold Medal.

Following surgery in February of 2007 to clean up an old knee injury, White came back four months later to compete in the World Team Trials. He won his first match before losing to No. 1-ranked Joe Heskett in the next round.

In November of 2007, White was ranked ninth in the USA team rankings at 74kg (163 pounds). Injuries kept White out of the 2006 rankings, but prior to that he was ranked third in 2003, fourth in 2004 and second in 2005.

At the 2003 World Cup hosted in Boise, White competed for World Team Select, helping his squad to the World Cup silver medal. In both 2003 and 2004, White represented the United States in the Pan-American Championships, where he won the silver medal on both occasions.

He has earned prestigious USA National All-America Medals (top eight) in each of his five attempts (1999, 2002-05), including a second place finish in his most recent campaign (2005). In 2003 and 2005, White was a USA National Team Member (top three at the US World Team Trials). In the 2004 Olympic Team Trials he finished fourth overall.

White has also served as a resident athlete at the USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, a student assistant at Boise State in 2001-02, an assistant coach at Pacific Lutheran University in 2002-03 and Highline Community College in 2003-04, and as the head coach at Fife High School in Tacoma, Wash., during the 2004-05 season.

White earned his bachelor's degree in physical and secondary education from Boise State in May of 2000, and his master's degree from Idaho State University in athletic administration in August of 2002.

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