Ben White is coming home.A longtime football coach on the Peninsula from the late 1990s and early 2000s, Ben White left Carlmont following the 2004 season to take over the football program at Exeter High School in the Central Valley.
After nine seasons at Exeter, where he became the school’s winningest football coach, White is returning to the Peninsula to take over the Capuchino program.
“When I saw the application, I thought, ‘Wow!,’” said Capuchino athletic director Matt Wilson. “I didn’t think he would go for it.”
White spent nine seasons as the frosh-soph coach at South City before taking over the Carlmont varsity team in 2002. In three seasons with the Scots, he compiled a 16-14 record.
When he arrived at Exeter, the Monarchs had won a total of 19 games over the previous five seasons. In nine seasons, White compiled a 63-42 record with Exeter, winning a pair of Central Sequoia League titles. Last year, the Monarchs went 7-5, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Central Section Division IV playoffs.
Wilson said when he first saw the name on the application, he wondered if it was the same Ben White who had previously coached in the PAL. When he found it was, Wilson said he was pumped.
“We’re excited to have him,” Wilson said.
Later, at a meeting among San Mateo Union High School District football coaches and athletic directors to discuss the use of the district’s portable lights for the 2014 season, a number of coaches asked who was taking over the Mustangs’ program.
“When I said ‘Ben White,’ their eyes kind of widened,” Wilson said.
Wilson said White told him his wife wanted to move back to the Peninsula. In an interview with Prep2Prep.com’s John Murphy, White said he and wife planned to stay in the Valley for only five years.
“But we liked it and we kept winning and we stayed for nine,” Murphy reported White saying. “But we were both born in San Francisco and now it’s time to go back there.”
White will be the third coach in three years at Capuchino. Adam Hyndman was fired following the 2012 season after leading the Mustangs to their first Peninsula Athletic League Lake Division title with a 5-0 record and a spot in the Central Coast Section playoffs for the first time since 2001. Josh Horton took over for the 2013 season and went 1-9.
Wilson said White will finish up the year teaching at Exeter before moving back to the Peninsula in the summer.
In other coaching news, Bill Gray, retiring Terra Nova football coach and athletic director, confirmed that Tim Adams has been tabbed to take over the Tigers’ football program. Adams, who was the Tigers offensive coordinator and assistant head coach, was hired a few years to revamp the Terra Nova offense, turning it into one of the most prolific units in CCS.
I’ve been in this business long enough to know about the only kind of feedback I’m going to get —either through email or over the phone — is bound to be negative.
So it was nice to get so many positive comments at Capuchino over the weekend while covering the Peninsula Athletic League boys’ and girls’ basketball tournament.
I had a number of fans, coaches and referees tell me how much they appreciate the job I do for high school sports on the Peninsula. I appreciate the fact people do recognize how hard I work to give as much coverage as possible. But with only a two-man staff, we can’t be everywhere for every game. That’s why it’s important for coaches to send their results to us. While we may not be able to get to every game, if coaches are sending in their results, we can keep track — from afar — of how teams and players are doing.
Even if you’re team has a poor record but has a phenomenal player, by sending us your results we’ll notice it, which can lead to a story about that player and your team.
“Mighty” Melissa McMorrow, a professional boxer out of San Mateo’s B Street Boxing, suffered the fourth defeat of her career Saturday night in Mexico, dropping a unanimous decision to WBC super-flyweight champion Mariana “Barbie” Juarez.
All three judges scored the bout 96-94 in favor of Juarez.
McMorrow is the reigning WBO and WIBF flyweight title holder. Her belts were not on the line against Juarez.
The loss drops McMorrow’s record to 9-4-3. It was her first fight in 11 months.
Nathan Mollat can be reached by phone: 344-5200 ext. 117 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You follow him on Twitter@CheckkThissOutt.