White has worked closely with each of the last three Notre Dame teams that claimed BIG EAST Championship titles. By winning the league crown in 2008 Notre Dame earned its 12th consecutive BIG EAST title, setting a new BIG EAST record for the longest string in conference history in any sport. That Irish squad consisted of six first-place finishes at the league meet and broke or tied eight school records.
In 2008, he helped train three Irish swimmers that advanced to the NCAAs and sent 11 student-athletes to the U.S. Olympic Trials.
He assisted in the grooming of Katie Carroll as she earned her second All-America honor in the 400 Individual Medley with a seventh-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships. Also at the 2007 national meet,White helped guide the team to a 27th-place finish. The Irish sent eight individuals to the competition, the second largest total in school history.
In his first season with the Irish,White aided Notre Dame in winning its 10th consecutive BIG EAST Championship. He helped coach two BIG EAST champions (Katie Carroll - 400 IM and Julia Quinn - 200 Breast) and 12 Irish swimmers and divers that were all-BIG EAST in 37 events.
Previous to the working with Notre Dame, White worked as an assistant at Utah.The Utes enjoyed a banner year in 2004-05 on the women's side, finishing the dual meet season 9- 0 and 7-0 in Mountain West Conference competition. The team also claimed its first MWC regular-season title and finished third at the conference championship meet, setting nine school records at the conference competition. Combined, the Utah men's and women's team earned 39 all-conference individual honors and six relays also earned all-conference accolades from the Mountain West. Utah also was solid outside of the pool, earning 26 academic allconference certificates in 2004-05.
A native of Austin, Texas, White has been highly active in the University of Texas swimming program, working the program's summer camp from 2000-2005.White also was the head swimming coach at Homestead High School in Mequon,Wis., from 2001-03, leading the team to nine All-America honors, five individual state championships and two relay state titles.
White graduated from Wisconsin-Milwaukee in December 2002 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He swam all four years in college and was a nine-time conference finalist and team co-captain in 1999-200 and 2000-01. He specialized in the 400 Individual Medley, 500 Free and 200 Back during his collegiate career.White finished eighth at the 2001 Horizon League Championship in the 200 Back and ninth in both the 500 Free and 400 Individual Medley.
In 1998-99, White finished fifth in the 400 IM at the Horizon League meet (then known as the Mid-Continent Conference) and also competed in the 500 Free (ninth) and 1,650 Free (12th). He earned the team's Captain's Award at the conclusion of both his freshman and sophomore seasons.
White earned a master's degree from Utah in exercise and sport science with an emphasis in psychosocial aspects of sport in May 2005. He was Notre Dame's interim head coach during the summer of 2008.
Assistant Coach Joel White
Notre Dame Women's Swimming and Diving