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Men's Cross Country - Fri, Jun. 22, 2012

Lonnie White of Cleveland has been hired to coach the newly created Tennessee Temple University cross country program. He officially starts on July 1.
White, who also will assist with Temple's new track and field teams, worked with the sprinters in Lee University's track debut this past school year, and he also has helped with the Ocoee Middle teams and Cleveland's AAU track club while working the past 10 years at Life Bridges in Cleveland. He is scheduled to finish his college degree this fall through Bryan's Aspire program.

White, who turns 35 next month, was a standout running back and linebacker on Cleveland's 1995 state championship football team, and he ran the hurdles and relay events for the track Blue Raiders. He played football at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas and Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn.
"I am excited to take this opportunity to be a head coach, and the Chattanooga area has a lot of untapped talent," said White, who also worked several years with an inner-city Boy Scouts program. "I'll be changing my focus from sprints to middle distances, but I welcome that challenge."
He said his focus this year would be on recruiting and training more than on entering meets.
"He's another quality person we're bringing in here," said Kenrick Liburd, who headed Temple's search committee. "He's worked with successful people in track and field, and he understands the recruiting process and understands training athletes, and he has a lot of energy and is zealous about starting a program. We also like that he's local and knows this area."


Ron Bush 

Chattanooga Times Free Press