Santa Ana College Football Coach Anthony White Passes Away After Battling Cancer

Anthony White shown here when he was the head coach at Buena Park.

By Tim Peterson

Santa Ana College head football coach Anthony White, 42, passed away early Friday morning after a bout with cancer the school confirmed.

White took over at Santa Ana College in May 2021 and was in his third year at the school. White was one of the first Black head coaches in Orange County Community College football. The Dons were 9-2 this season as White coached the team remotely while battling cancer after attending a game early in the season.

White was the head coach at Buena Park High School from 2010 to 2016 where he completely resurrected the program. The Coyotes had an overall record of 59-22 during his seven-year tenure including an overall record of 10-2 and a Freeway League title in his final campaign.

White, who was also a teacher at Buena Park, coached and helped mold the careers of such players as Nik Needham, Josh Tupou and Jaylinn Hawkins who all went to play in the NFL. White coached several other Division 1 athletes as well during his years at Buena Park.

White took over a Buena Park team that was 2-8 the year before and immediately took the Coyotes to a 6-5 record overall and the playoffs in 2010. The Coyotes had a winning record every year during his tenure.

Buena Park missed the playoffs just once during that span and reached the semi-finals in 2014 and ’15. In 2016, in White’s last year at the helm on October 21, the Coyotes had a huge win over La Habra which had been a nemesis over the years.

Before going to Buena Park, White was the head coach at Temple City where he led the Rams to a 5-4-1 record in 2009.

White played his high school football at Rosemead where he earned the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award in 1998. He then went on to play college football at Utah.

White is survived by his wife San, his son Anthony II and his daughter Olivia Grace.

7 Comments to "Santa Ana College Football Coach Anthony White Passes Away After Battling Cancer"

  1. November 28, 2023 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    He was truly a great man, coach, mentor, and father. His reach was cast out further than most know in how many people he helped and impacted. If you can any donations would be greatly appreciated to help his family’s education and continue what he started.

  2. TheRanch18's Gravatar TheRanch18
    November 27, 2023 - 12:12 pm | Permalink

    truly be missed… if you didnt know the man … you missed out…. Anthony story can be a movie tbh… RIP COACH WHITE… love & Prayers … Strength to your Fam

  3. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    November 27, 2023 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    “Once A Rebel, Always A Rebel”.

  4. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 26, 2023 - 11:27 am | Permalink

    Remember when him Jude would run the free camps for kids to work on there skills

  5. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 26, 2023 - 9:53 am | Permalink

    RIP Coach. The Rosemead family and community sends condolences and love.

  6. cv falcon parent's Gravatar cv falcon parent
    November 25, 2023 - 8:23 pm | Permalink

    May God bless him and his family. Rest in Peace, Coach.

  7. Pseudonym's Gravatar Pseudonym
    November 25, 2023 - 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I, for one, never like seeing things like this, especially when so young (about my age). I hope this is taken as well as it was intended to be, but I will always bid my congratulations to Coach White on a life lived, life goals accomplished, but most of all, on his crossing over into the afterlife. The things he knows now at this moment must be astronomical. If applicable to human life, I will also say, until next time, Coach. RIP.

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