CONCORDIA, Kan. — The Cloud County Community College women’s basketball program was able to officially welcome Josiah White as its new Assistant Coach on Tuesday.
White, who was approved for the position back on June 1, has spent the last few weeks finalizing the details of his move from Enid, Oklahoma, and by hitting the recruiting trails overseas, before arriving in Concordia.
“It’s been a whirlwind last couple of weeks with the move and recruiting,” White said. “But my wife (Alyxandrah) and I are here and we’re excited to be in Concordia. I appreciate the opportunity to coach alongside Brett Erkenbrack and in the Jayhawk Conference, as competitive and respected as it is.”
White comes to Cloud County after spending the last three seasons as the assistant at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, a perennial power from the NJCAA Region II, and as the head boys’ basketball coach at Dover High School (2018-19).
It was the second stint as an assistant at NOC-Enid for White, who also coached the Jets alongside head coach Scott Morris from 2010-13.
The Jets reached the NJCAA Final Four in 2011 where White would first cross paths with Cloud County and head coach, Brett Erkenbrack.
“I’ve known Josiah since 2011 when we played NOC-Enid in the national tournament,” Erkenbrack said. “He’s been to the national tournament on a couple different occasions. He’s been a head coach at the four-year level, a head coach at the high school level, and he comes very highly recommended from people I have a lot of respect for. I’m really excited about him. I think he’s a smart, aggressive and serious recruiter. He’s also someone who has had a lot of positive experiences as an assistant and head coach.”
White graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2008, while also starring as a member of Bison’s track and field and cross country teams. He was an All-Conference and All-Region selection in 2006 for cross country, helping his team to a pair of fourth-place finishes at the NAIA national meet in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
During his time at OBU, White also served as a student assistant for the women’s basketball program from 2005-08, then as a graduate assistant from 2008-10 while he earned his master’s degree in Secondary Education and Sport Administration.
White began his first stint at NOC-Enid in 2010 and helped the Jets reach their highest national ranking in school history during the 2011-12 season as they climbed up to No. 8 in the country. NOC-Enid also earned back-to-back Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference championships (2011-12 and 2012-13) during White’s tenure.
White also has two years of collegiate head coaching experience at St. Gregory’s University from 2013-15 before returning to NOC-Enid in 2015.
He says he hopes to bring an energetic, enthusiastic and holistic style of coaching to the T-Birds’ bench.
“As an assistant, I’m trying to bring an approach and philosophy that supports what Coach Erkenbrack has already done and fosters the culture of excellence that he has here,” White said. “What I think I bring is a holistic approach in doing that. Coaching with excellence in a physical dimension, a mental and emotion dimension, and in a heart dimension. That’s kind of been my M.O. It’s something I’m passionate about and look forward to doing here to not only help our young ladies on the basketball court, but as the leave here and pursue their respective professional careers.”