Karla White, a four-year women's volleyball letterwinner at Ferris State University, has joined the women's volleyball coaching staff at the University of Arkansas at Monticello as the program's first-ever graduate assistant in an announcement made Aug. 13 by UAM women's volleyball head coach Nicole Smith.
White played at Ferris State from 2003-06 under current FSU head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm. She received All-Great Lakes Region First-Team honors by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in 2006 and twice (2005 and 2006) earned first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) accolades.
"This (Karla White) is a great addition to our program," said UAM coach Nicole Smith. "The knowledge she gained played at Ferris State has already spilled over onto the court and I'm pumped to have her here at UAM. There are so many new things we have incorporated into our preparations that we struggled to do in years past."
White, a 6-0 middle hitter, concluded her four-year Ferris State career with 942 kills, a .276 hitting percentage, 92 service aces, 142 digs, 64 block solos, and 317 block assists in 116 matches. She currently is sixth among Ferris State's all-time statistical leaders in hitting percentage while ranking 10th in total blocks (381), and 16th in kills.
A 2004 GLIAC All-Academic Team pick, White earned the team's Coaches Award in 2004 and twice garnered GLIAC North Division's Player of the Week honors (8/31/05 and 9/5/06). She led the Bulldogs two straight seasons (2003-04) in attack percentage, block solos (2005-06), block assists (2004-05), and total blocks (2005-06).
A native of New Baltimore, Mich., White is a 2003 graduate of Anchor Bay (Mich.) High School and a 2008 Ferris State graduate with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Her cousin, Andrea Rich (2005-08), was both a high school and collegiate teammate. In the prep volleyball ranks, White was a two-time (2002-03) Detroit News All-Metro Second-Team honoree and received Macomb Area Conference All-Academic Team recognition three consecutive years (2001-03). She also earned all-conference plaudits twice and once in basketball.
White is the latest individual with ties to the Bulldog women's volleyball program to coach in the collegiate ranks. Lindsay Tye (2004-07) is an assistant coach at Concordia University (Mich.) while Jill (Behrns) Schopieray (1998-99) and Sarah Dehring (2000-01) are the head coach and assistant coach at Saint Joseph's College (Ind.). Former assistant coach Lee Anderson (2003-05) is presently the head coach at Minnesota, Crookston while Jason Smith (2001-02) is an assistant at Nevada-Las Vegas. Dominic Yoder (2000), who served as an assistant coach, is currently Northern Michigan's head coach.