KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Blue Springs School District announced Monday that it has hired David White as its new assistant athletic director and head football coach at Blue Springs High School.
White replaces Kelly Donohoe, who left the Wildcats to succeed Tony Severino at Rockhurst High School.
The district launched a national search in December to replace Donohoe, who coached Blue Springs from 2000-19 and led the Wildcats to four state championships.
White, a Seattle native, comes to Blue Springs from Ridgeland High School in Mississippi, where he serves as athletic director and head football coach.
"I know that Blue Springs High School is a place that not only cares about football, but more importantly, the coaching staff, administration, and community care about students,” White said in a release from the district. "I am ready to embrace this challenge, and I am honored to lead such a storied program.”
He spent one season at Ridgeland, leading the team to its “first winning season in six years, the best offense in Mississippi” and coaching the state offensive player of the year and defensive back of the year, according to a release from the district.
Previously, White led Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas to a 30-12 record from 2003-07 and coached five high school All-Americans.
During his college career, White was an all-conference performer at tight end for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and went on to play professionally in the Arena League and European Federation of American Football League.
White later served as an assistant at the University of Nevada and University of Oklahoma.
“We are excited to welcome David to the district,” Blue Springs District Activities Director Mark Bubalo said in a statement. “We believe we have hired an excellent football coach and athletic director who will carry on the fine traditions already established at Blue Springs High School. He comes to us highly recommended for his ability to run a first-class program that stresses both academic and athletic excellence.”