In Honor of Coach Craig White

Rebecca Riddervold, Staff Writer

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Last Friday, Jan 8th, the Old Mill High School Sports Department officially inducted Craig White into the Hall of Fame before a crowd of family members, friends, colleagues and students. In addition, the basketball court was officially named “Craig White Court” and a plaque in his name was presented to his wife and daughters before being encased in the Hall of Fame wall.

It has been a tough year for Coach White’s colleagues and for all athletes and students alike since his death on July 29th. The ceremony celebrated him as family man, athletic director and teacher to all who knew him.

“He was an amazing family man and he put his wife and kids before anything else,” said Coach Martin who still stays in touch with Coach White’s family. “He showed me how to relax and become a better family man.

“I miss walking in here every day and talking with him about everything.”

The ceremony took place between the girls and boys varsity basketball games against Glen Burnie. Coach White’s daughter, Cameron, sang the National Anthem before the boys’ game.

Mr. Villwock was a longtime friend and colleague of Coach White’s and learned much from him. He explained Coach White’s unique outlook.

“He was always smiling and upbeat and happy when you walked into his office,” Villwock said. “It’s hard to find people who walk around with a smile no what. He always put you first.”

Coach White acted as a mentor to Mr. Villwock often, and he tries to be like him as best he can and is honored to have known him.

Two of Coach White’s colleagues in the Physical Education Department are Coach Arnold and Coach McCormick. They both share fond memories of their friend and miss his positive energy and lasting example.

“He used to walk into the office every morning saying, ‘good morning you shining happy people,’” Arnold said. “He taught me to always be positive whether it was a win or a loss.”

Coach McCormick loved doing things with Coach White outside of school. They went golfing together and he received a lot of advice from him.

“I don’t have kids right now, but if I did I would want to be a father like him,” McCormick said.

 

 

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In Honor of Coach Craig White