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UCF Athletics | November 18, 2015

Central Florida hires Danny White as Director of Athletics

Danny White will be introduced at a UCF press conference on Thursday as the new director of athletics.

ORLANDO --- Regarded one of the nation’s most talented young athletic directors, Danny White brings to the University of Central Florida a strong record of success on the field and in the classroom, as well as an impressive family pedigree in college athletics.

White, the director of athletics at The State University of New York at Buffalo for three years, has worked with athletics administrators, coaches and staff to transform the Bulls’ program and culture, shattering previous school records for student-athlete GPAs, NCAA tournament berths, fundraising and football ticket sales.

“Danny is one of the nation’s rising stars in college athletics, and his talent, determination, energy, and creativity will guide our program to a bright future,” said UCF President John C. Hitt. “He understands that success starts with winning with integrity and student-athletes thriving in the classroom, and he has a history of hiring successful coaches.”

“I am excited to join the UCF family, and my goals include building on our outstanding academic accomplishments and making UCF a national leader known for competitive excellence,” White said. “We will become one of the nation’s premier destinations for coaches and student-athletes, and we will excite our student body, staff and faculty, alumni and the Central Florida community.”

White, 36, expects to earn his Ph.D. in higher education next year from the University of Mississippi, where he served as senior associate athletics director from 2009 to 2012. White earned master’s degrees in business administration and sports administration from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Notre Dame.

His father, Kevin, is vice president and director of athletics at Duke University and a former director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame. His brother, Michael, is the men’s basketball coach at the University of Florida, and his brother, Brian, is the senior associate athletics director for development at the University of Missouri.

“Danny White is a terrific hire for the University of Central Florida," Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. "He comes from a family with college athletics roots and I have no doubt he will be successful in this next step of his career.”

During White’s three years at Buffalo, he, his colleagues and the Bulls’ student-athletes have raised the program’s profile in the community and nationally. Their achievements include:

• Buffalo teams, including men’s basketball, earned three NCAA tournament bids in 2014-15, compared with just one in the prior 15 years.
• UB student-athletes have recorded an average GPA of at least 3.0 for seven consecutive semesters. Prior to White’s arrival, the average GPA had never exceed 3.0 in any semester.
• Financial support for UB athletics has reached an all-time high, with the number of donors increasing by 137 percent since the start of a membership campaign in 2013.
• UB shattered its football attendance records in 2013 after adding interactive opportunities for fans, including a tailgate concert series with nationally known artists.
• The state’s largest public university and the flagship of the SUNY system, UB for the first time adopted a radio network that spanned the entire state.

UCF’s student-athletes have the highest Graduation Success Rate (93 percent) of any public university in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Knights are tied for sixth overall, tied with Vanderbilt and trailing only private institutions Duke, Notre Dame, Stanford, Northwestern, and Boston College.

“Danny comes from a great family and has grown up around athletics and athletic administration and like his brother, Mike, is a bright young mind in the business,” said University of Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley.

UCF teams have won 11 American Athletic Conference championships during the conference’s first two-plus years of existence. The softball and women’s soccer teams each have won three titles, and the football team has won two.

Before arriving at Buffalo, White was senior associate athletics director at the University of Mississippi from 2009-12. He previously was associate athletics director for development at California State University – Fresno and assistant athletics director for development at Northern Illinois University from 2006-07.

He played college basketball at Towson University and the University of Notre Dame and was director of operations and assistant coach for one season each with Ohio University’s men’s basketball team.

White and his wife, Shawn, have four children: Aidan (11), Molly (8), Caitlin (6) and James (3).