Kyndall White, a former All-SEC infielder from Auburn University, begins her fifth year as head coach of the East Mississippi Community College softball program since arriving on the Scooba campus in 2012.
During her first four seasons in the Mississippi junior college coaching ranks, White has guided the Lions to a composite 85-83 overall record and 60-40 conference mark. This past year, her 2016 EMCC club finished with a solid .500 record (14-14) within the competitive MACJC ranks on the way to making the program’s seventh postseason tournament appearance in the last eight years.
In her first year at the EMCC softball helm, White’s 24-19 Lions seriously challenged for the MACJC’s North Division title throughout the 2013 regular season before finishing as runners-up with a 17-7 division record. The following year, the 2014 Lions became the winningest club in the school’s fast-pitch softball history with a 27-22 record and finished with a third-place division mark of 16-8.
White’s first four East Mississippi squads have also enjoyed significant success in the classroom. The Lions have collectively posted composite team grade point averages of 3.43 or higher during each of the past four seasons. Highlighting EMCC’s classroom prowess during White’s leadership were back-to-back seasons as the NJCAA Softball Academic Team of the Year when the Lions boasted NJCAA-leading team GPAs of 3.57 in 2013-14 and a school-record mark of 3.59 set during the 2012-13 academic year.
White took over EMCC’s softball coaching duties following her five-year association with former Auburn head softball coach Tina Deese. Upon finishing her career in 2011 ranked among the school’s Top 10 career statistical leaders in home runs (28), runs batted in (100), hits (186), doubles (41), runs scored (107), slugging percentage (.474) and stolen bases (27), White stayed on campus to serve on Deese’s AU coaching staff during the 2012 season.
Voted by her Auburn teammates to serve as a three-time team captain dating back to her sophomore campaign, White remained on staff to assist in all aspects of the Lady Tigers’ daily softball operations in 2012. With White assisting in the organization of day-to-day practices, including the instruction on defensive skill development and aiding with the development of hitting and bunting techniques, the 2012 Lady Tigers’ club made a fifth straight NCAA Regional Tournament appearance.
Having started all 221 games in which she played during her four-year collegiate career at Auburn, White helped lead the Lady Tigers to a composite record of 139-96, including four consecutive berths in NCAA Regional Tournament play. During White’s senior year, the 2011 AU squad went 40-19 overall and 15-13 in the SEC’s demanding Western Division.
Following a productive sophomore season in which she topped the Lady Tigers in hits (55), doubles (11), total bases (83) and runs scored (26) en route to hitting .275 on the year, White’s best season came a year later as a junior. Despite missing 14 games due to an injury in 2010, White was selected All-SEC Second Team by a vote of the league’s coaches after hitting a team-leading .356 with a club-high 14 home runs and 34 RBIs.
Off the field during her junior year, White garnered SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades and was a member of Auburn’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, where she engaged in discussions regarding support for AU’s other athletic teams and participated in community service projects.
Throughout her collegiate career with the Lady Tigers, White also served as an instructor during Auburn’s annual summer softball camp.
With a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Auburn, White was previously a four-time all-state softball performer for head coach C.J. Hawkins at Clay-Chalkville High School in Pinson, Ala.