Clay White named senior men’s golf coach at Penn

PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Clay White, the reigning Great East and Northeast Regional Coach of the Year, has been named senior men’s golf coach at the University of Pennsylvania. White has spent the past 18 years as head coach at Seton Hall, leading the Pirates to the 2022 Big East Championship.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring an experienced and successful head coach to Clay White,” said Alanna Shanahan, director of athletics and recreation for T. Gibbs Kane, Jr. W’69. “Clay’s success at Seton Hall, particularly in recent years, speaks for itself. But Clay’s commitment to his student-athletes and his vision for the future of men’s golf at Penn set him apart from a group very talented candidates. I’m confident Clay will be able to guide the program to compete for Ivy titles and NCAA regional appearances.”

Seton Hall won his first Big East title in 22 years this spring and finished eighth out of 12 teams at the NCAA New Haven Regional, after being seeded 12e. At NCAA Regionals, Seton Hall defeated #27 NC State and #31 Charlotte. Gregor Tait hit a par 65 seven-under to earn Big East medalist honors, the second on White’s watch. The Pirates also won three team events in 2022, including the Daniel Island Invitational where they beat two top-50 programs in Virginia and Florida State. Seton Hall was ranked No. 87 in GolfStat’s final rankings of 295 programs.

“I want to thank Manager Shanahan and her ‘team behind the team’ for this great opportunity,” White said. “My wife, Kelli, and I were both impressed with the enthusiasm and enthusiasm we saw from every coach or staff member we interacted with. We are honored and thrilled to join a university and such a prestigious athletic department. I can’t wait to meet the team, connect with the graduates, and get to work!”

White led Seton Hall to second place in the Big East in 2017, falling to Marquette by one stroke. Lloyd Jefferson Go repeated as Big East Player of the Year this season and made his second consecutive NCAA individual appearance. Two of White’s recruits have won Big East Freshman of the Year honors and three have been individual Big East finalists. In the last five Big East Championships played, Seton Hall has finished first, third (twice), fourth and second out of nine teams.

The Pirates had 25 All-American Scholars and more than 100 Big East All-Academic team members during White’s tenure. Men’s golf has also received the APR Public Recognition Award eight times, and 100% of men’s golf student-athletes have graduated during White’s 18 years at the helm.

When White arrived at Seton Hall in 2003, he started as Seton Hall’s varsity team equipment manager, a position he held until 2014 in addition to his coaching duties. Previously, he served two years as assistant director of equipment at Ohio University.


While at Ohio, White was the head girls’ volleyball coach for the Ohio Juniors Volleyball Club’s 14-and-under team, one of many coaching positions White has held. occupied during his career. His experiences encompass a variety of sports, including college softball and college volleyball.


White got his start coaching at Humboldt State University, where he served as assistant women’s softball coach from 1993-1995 and assistant volleyball coach from 1995-1997. In December 1997, he assumed the role of assistant manager of the athletic facility at Humboldt State and served in that role until 2000. White also served as the head coach of the College of the Redwoods volleyball team from 1997-2000.

White graduated from Humboldt State in Arcata, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a major in teaching and coaching.

What they say about Clay White…
“Having known and coached against Clay for eighteen years, I am thrilled that he is joining the Ivy League. He has proven to be an exceptional recruiter, motivator and coach, and he understands and supports the values ​​that the League marries and promotes. . I am confident he will be a major asset to Penn Golf.”

Will Green, J. Stuart Francis ’74 Men’s Golf Head Coach, Princeton University

“I have always admired Clay and the program he led at Seton Hall. He always recruited great players and quality individuals. We have always enjoyed being paired up with Clay and his team. impressed with what his team accomplished at the NCAA Regional Tournament at Yale last spring. With that performance, he earned my vote for Northeast Regional Coach of the Year. He will do great things to Penn. He’s kind, caring and proud of what he does. I wish him all the best!”

Colin Sheehan, Men’s Golf Head Coach, Yale University

“Clay is a man of integrity, passion and drive. I believe these three ingredients make for a successful coach. He was a great colleague in the Grand Est and we will miss him and wish him the best!”

Tommy Hunter, Men’s Golf Head Coach and Director of Special Projects at Georgetown University

“Clay is one of the best people in college golf, and a direct reflection of that is the players who have graduated from his program. Not only has he been successful on the golf course, but the way his players perform is a reflection of him as a person and the standards he created and maintained at Seton Hall. I’m happy for his next step and I know he will continue to do great things in the Ivy League.

Steve Bailey, Men’s Golf Head Coach, Marquette University

Michael C. Ford