2017-'18 Season Coverage
updated: 11/9/2017 8:26 PM

White says this will be his final season as St. Edward's coach

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  • St. Edward boys basketball coach P.J. White, left, has announced this will be his final season as the Green Wave's head coach.

      St. Edward boys basketball coach P.J. White, left, has announced this will be his final season as the Green Wave's head coach.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
 

There's no question that P.J. White burns the candle at both ends.

There's also no question White is part of a dying breed.

He's the athletic director and head boys basketball coach, as well as a full-time teacher at St. Edward, and he's an assistant football coach at Batavia, which plays in the state quarterfinals on Saturday.

The head boys basketball coach will be gone from White's duties at the end of the 2017-18 season.

"It's been 34 years and it's just time for some younger blood to come in," said White, who informed his team after practice on Wednesday that this would be his final season.

He will continue to teach and be St. Edward's AD and he said he plans to continue to coach football at Batavia, his alma mater.

"These are long days. I'm getting older and I have some health issues to deal with," said White, who coached one year in California after graduating from Humboldt State but returned home where he's now in his 34th year of coaching basketball -- 25 at Batavia and now in his eighth at St. Edward where he's been the AD for 14 years.

He is the 11th head coach of a 72-year old program that has won 1,057 games since Greg True's 1944-45 team went 9-10.

"It's a dying breed for people who are ADs to also he a head coach," White said. "(St. Edward) said you can coach as long as you want, There was no pressure from the school to do this."

White's seven Green Wave teams have gone 115-93, including a 17-17 mark last year that included a regional championship. St. Edward's best season under White was 2014-15 when the Wave went 26-6 and won a Class 2A sectional title.

He's hoping his swan song is a season like that, or better.

"I want my last year to be my best year and we've got some high goals this season," White said.

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