Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Former W. Charlotte/Harding basketball coach Gosnell White to retire from Marvin Ridge

Gosnell White, one of the winningest basketball coaches in Mecklenburg County history, will retire at the end of the season.

White, who coached the bulk of his high school career at Harding and West Charlotte, is currently at Union County's Marvin Ridge High. White started at Marvin Ridge in 2007.

His current team is 9-7 and plays rival Cuthbertson at home Friday.

In his career, White has won 533 games in 36 seasons. He coached at Harding before taking over at West Charlotte in the middle '90s. After winning more than 500 games and seven state championships under legendary coach Charles McCullough, the Lions program floundered after McCullough retired in 1994.

White took over after several other coaches had tried and returned West Charlotte to its previous dominant form. White's Lions won a Mecklenburg County public school-record eight straight conference championships from 1997-2004. His teams made five regional appearances. His 1998-99 West Charlotte team finished in the USA Today national poll top 10 and won the N.C. 4A state championship. That team is arguably the best public school team in N.C. history.

White has coached at Marvin Ridge since 2007.