Chad White looks to keep winning tradition alive at Calhoun City
Chad White (left) talks with Calhoun City linebacker Davione Hull during a high school football game.
White was promoted this spring from defensive coordinator to the Wildcats' head coach.
Photo by Lisa McNeece, Calhoun County Journal
For the first time in a decade, the Calhoun City Wildcats have a new head football coach.
Just before the playoffs began this past season, the Wildcats’ head man of the past ten seasons, Perry Liles, announced his retirement effective at the end of the fall semester. That decision by Liles opened up a big pair of shoes to fill for one of the top 2A powerhouses in the state.
Enter Chad White.
This past December, the Calhoun County School Board approved the promotion of defensive coordinator Chad White to be the Wildcats’ next head football coach.
Before his promotion, Coach White spent 15 years coaching around the state. After his first stint as an assistant coach at Weir (1995-2000), he took an administrative position for the DeSoto County School District before returning to the playbook as an assistant for Senatobia (2010-2011). He was then hired as the linebackers/defensive line coach at Eupora (2012-2014). In 2015, Coach Perry Liles hired White as Calhoun City’s defensive coordinator.
During the Wildcats’ state championship season in 2016, White’s defense played a significant role in the team’s success. The Wildcat defense only allowed 8.6 points per game while forcing 50 turnovers in the 16 games they played in that season. In the state championship game against Bay Springs, White’s defense only allowed 197 total yards of offense and had six takeaways in the 22-6 victory over the Bulldogs.
For White, he believes the best way to keep this program in its winning ways is to simply carry out what has always worked in the past: hard work and execution.
“We want a hard-working group of kids that leave it all on the field along with a hard-working coaching staff,” White said. “Just trying to keep those same things going that are expected here.”
During his 15 years of coaching experience, there is no other head coach White has learned more from than his predecessor Perry Liles.
“The list of things I’ve learned from Coach Liles the past four years is almost endless,” White said. “I have been very blessed to work for him. One of the main things I have learned from him was to not get too high or too low and try to stay at as much of an even level as possible. Also to be sound in all you do.”
As the new head man for the Wildcats, Coach White is not wasting time in improving his team this spring and for the upcoming summer.
“In spring practice, we will work on the fundamentals and try to put the right players in the right positions,” White said. “In the summer, we will push our guys to work hard in the weight room with conditioning, along with seven-on-seven against other teams.”
The Wildcats’ spring scrimmage will either take place on Thursday, May 9 or Friday, May 10, and Coach White believes this scrimmage will give a lot of players the opportunity to play under the lights and get plenty of reps before the summer begins.
When the fall comes around, the Chad White era will officially kick off in Calhoun City when the Wildcats travel to Ashland to face the Blue Devils on August 23.