Be Your Own Coach
Ultimately it is my objective to teach each player to think for themselves. In understanding how the body works, each athlete can achieve effortless power in pitching a softball.
A straight forward approach that is easily understood from novice to pro.
What it takes to be an effective pitcher.
Not all pitchers are created equally -and you do not have to be 6 foot tall to be an effective pitcher. My goal is to give you the tools to compete with what you have today.
Pitching Mechanic Drills
Drills that can help each pitcher change or improve their individual mechanics to maximize, speed, spin and control.
What is really necessary for a pitcher to compete and win at any level.
Clinics and Camps
Work with Mike White and the University of Oregon staff at one of the University of Oregon camps on the Eugene campus. Typically held in July, October and January these camps include in-depth instruction in all aspects of the game. We also run weeknight clinics beginning in the fall and ending in January. Check the UO Softball website for camp dates and other informationclick here.
Hear Coach White at one of his live presentations throughout the country. Look for opportunities at various clinics typically held in the fall or January.
About Mike White Fastpitch
Thank you for your interest in Mike White Fastpitch a website created to help pitchers and players learn how to become a better player. As the site grows you will be introduced to e-lessons, DVD’s and other tools to aid you in reaching the top of your game.
About Mike White
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Mike was introduced to the game of fastpitch by his family at a young age. At the time baseball was not played in New Zealand so Mike took to the game of softball as his choice for a summer sport while soccer become his love for a winter code. Initially a shortstop Mike switched to pitching when he was 14 years old and became “hooked” on the craft when he witnessed two of the greatest male pitchers of the day (Ty Stofflet USA and Kevin Herlihy NZ) go against each other in an epic 19 inning 1-0 thriller in NZ. He was mesmerized by the pace and movement each pitcher displayed over the baffled hitters.
In 1979 Mike was selected to represent NZ as a soccer player but the planned trip to Oceania was cancelled due to political turmoil in the region. This turned about to be a turning point in Mike’s sporting career as he decided to travel to the USA as an 18 year old to play for a softball team in Saginaw, Michigan. After this trip his attention turned to softball and many more trips to the US would follow as he continued to play in both hemispheres year round.
In 1985 Mike moved to Cedar Rapids, IA to play for a Midwest team and attend college to obtain his degree in Marketing and Management. He graduated from Mount Mercy College in 1989 and later that same year married his wife Lisa Revers. They moved to Aurora, Illinois until finally settling in Sioux City IA 2 years later.
In Sioux City Mike and Lisa opened their first business, a Play It Again Sports store that the couple owned and operated for 13 years as well as a Once Upon A Child franchise store. During the span they had 3 daughters – Nyree, Kenzie and Sidney.
On a trip to Hawaii with the USA national team Mike met up with Ralph Weekly who suggested that Mike should consider a career in college coaching. Intrigued by the idea of getting back into the game as a coach Mike sent out the word that he was interested in coaching. A short time later Kathy Arendsen, who was the newly hired coach at Oregon, contacted Mike about the possibility of becoming her pitching coach.
Mike spent 2 years as an assistant and 1 year as a volunteer before he stepped down to spend more time with his young family and to help them with their sporting ambitions. It was at this time that Mike really honed his craft of teaching many different levels of pitcher and players of various ages. He also coached at the high school level, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U ASA softball as he followed his daughter’s progression through the age grades.
In 2009 Mike applied for the open Head Coach position at Oregon – his first such position – in the powerful PAC 12 Conference of Champions. Now in his 9th season as the Head Softball Coach, the Ducks are considered one of the top teams in the nation and chasing their first ever NCAA championship in softball.
Named to 7 softball Hall Of Fame's as a player – New Zealand (NZSA), International Softball Congress (ISC), International Softball Federation (ISF), Oregon ASA, Missouri ASA, the Iowa ASA and the national Amateur Softball Association (ASA)
Played for New Zealand from 1983-1996 winning 2 ISF Gold and 2 Silver Medals
Played for the USA Men’s National team from 1995 – 2006 winning 3 Pan Am Silver and 1 Bronze ISF Medals.
Named to the ISC All World team 10 times and holds the record for most career pitching wins (70)
Named All American 10 times as a pitcher.
3 time PAC 12 Coach of the Year
4 time West Region Coaching staff of the year
All-time winningest Softball coach at Oregon with a record of 381-101-1 (79%)
Coached 15 Ducks to All American status
8 straight Super Regional appearances and 4 WCWS appearances.
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