May 21, 2010
Spartanburg, S.C. (From the Southern Conference) - Former Western Carolina athletics administrator Steve White will be one of 12 recipients of the Southern Conference's Distinguished Service Award the league announced this week. Each member institution selects an honoree based on that person's contribution to the institution. Each award winner will be honored for their contributions at the Southern Conference Honors Dinner presented by Carolina Ford Dealers in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on June 1.
The Distinguished Service Award program was started in 2002 as a way for the Southern Conference to recognize those individuals from its member institutions who have contributed to all aspects of the university. This year's honorees include G.A. Sywassink (Appalachian State), George (Tank) and Marie (Scooter) Barnette (College of Charleston), William (Bill) F. Schupp (The Citadel), Janet H. Wilson (Davidson), Wes and Cathy Elingburg (Elon), Colonel and Mrs. F. Pelzer Barry, Jr. (Furman), Phil Moore (Georgia Southern), Pat Hielscher (UNC Greensboro), Lynn Boggs (Samford), Robert T. (Bob) Davis (Chattanooga), Steve White (Western Carolina) and John Bauknight (Wofford).
White has nearly a half century of involvement with and service to Western Carolina University in a variety of capacities ranging from undergraduate student assistant to sports information director and department historian; associate athletics director to radio network personality and finally the director of the school's letter winner's club.
A 1967 graduate of Western Carolina, White served for over four decades in the University's athletics department before retiring in April, 2010. He officially took over as the school's sports information director in 1970, a capacity he held until 1998. White wrote millions of words publicizing WCU's student-athletes, coaches and teams, helping 35 football, basketball and baseball players to attain All-America honors; hundreds to become All-Southern Conference; and several football and baseball teams to achieve national rankings.
During his storied professional career, White witnessed over 400-consecutive Catamount football games, one of the longest consecutive-games streaks in the profession. He was also an eight-time recipient of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards for "Outstanding Press Box Service."
White initially retired from full-time duty at Western Carolina in 1998, but remained active with the Catamount Sports Network providing color commentary on football, men's basketball and baseball broadcasts until 2007. He then took over as the Director of the Cats' "W" Club, an association for former Western Carolina student-athletes and letter winners - a position he held until April, 2010.