After seven state championships and 10 years of sustained success, Miller Grove High School boy’s basketball Coach Sharman White is leaving the metro Atlanta school to be an assistant coach for Coach Ron Hunter and the Georgia State University men’s basketball.
White, whose name has been linked to a couple of college assistant coaching jobs in recent weeks, said he felt Georgia State was the best opportunity for him to transition to the college level.
“It was about hitching myself to the right wagon when that right opportunity came,” White said. “That had a lot to do with me transitioning to college. It wasn’t so much about just trying to get into college, but I wanted to be able to get into a situation where I feel like I can thrive and work with someone who is doing it the right way and doing a lot of great things, and Coach Hunter definitely has that going.”
In the 10 years of the Miller Grove boys’ basketball program existence, White developed a championship pedigree that very view programs across the county can match.
In March, White led Miller Grove to its seventh state basketball championship in eight years with a 30-2 record. He has compiled an overall record of 372-90 during his 20-year coaching tenure.
White helped developed players into successful collegiate players, and produced two McDonald’s All-Americans—Tony Parker (2012) and Alterique Gilbert (2016).
He was recently named the National High School Coaches Association’s National High School Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year for 2016.
White was also named the USA TODAY All-USA Coach of the Year in 2014 and was recently named as an assistant coach for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship. White won a gold medal with the USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team as an assistant coach in 2015.
White said he will miss the people of the Miller Grove community the most.
“Not just the players, but the parents, the coaches, the community—I’m going to miss all the people that make up Miller Grove,” he said. “It’s so many people that make up Miller Grove. It’s not just the players and coaches. It’s the faculty and staff, the administration, people at large around the country who know who we are [and] the alumni. It’s so many parts to this machine…and it makes it bittersweet, but everybody is excited for me. It’s a great opportunity and I’m excited.”