SAVANNAH, Ga. – Benedictine Military School Principal Mr. Jacob Horne announced today that Dustin White has been appointed the lacrosse program’s head coach for the 2020-21 school year. White, a 2014 graduate of Benedictine Military School, began working as Director of Alumni Engagement in July.
White succeeds Mr. Peter Newman, who will remain with the program as an assistant coach and Lacrosse Coordinator, in addition to continuing his duties as Director of Curriculum. White is the fourth BC lacrosse head coach since the 2014 season. Newman joined the program in the fall of 2016. White, assistant coach and defensive coordinator last spring, takes over a team that has produced a 51-19 record over the past five seasons, and returns 22 varsity players from last season’s Area 8 Championship team.
Originally from Savannah, White began his lacrosse career with Coastal Empire Lacrosse and transitioned into high school, playing his freshman year with Savannah Lacrosse. He continued the remainder of his high school years at Benedictine Military School, helping the Cadets win two South Carolina Independent Lacrosse League (SCILL) state championships. White was named most valuable midfielder, team captain, and recipient of the No. 10 jersey worn by the late Ricky McAllaster.
After high school, White played four years of NCAA Division I lacrosse at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Coach White resides in Savannah, where he continues to manage Scoops Lacrosse GA/SC, a youth developmental after-school lacrosse program throughout the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.
“It’s been an honor to coach under Peter and learn from one of the greatest to ever do it,” White said of Newman. “BC lacrosse is, arguably, the best it has ever been due to the culture he has instilled in the program. I feel extremely confident in the young men that will be taking the field come springtime for years to come. I never dreamt I would be the head lacrosse coach at BC, but we all know that God works in mysterious ways. There are a lot of people to thank who have set me up for this opportunity and the list of names is almost endless.
“However, I do want to specifically thank Benedictine and Coach Newman for the trust they have in me to take over the program, (former BC lacrosse head coaches) Dick McAllaster and Dennis Daly for laying the impressive foundation, and most importantly, my parents for being supportive of me every step of the way,” White continued. “I am truly humbled every time I walk on to Ricky McAllaster Field because it reminds me that lacrosse is more than just a game and that BC lacrosse will always have a special place in many people’s hearts.”
BC Lacrosse began in the fall of 2009 thanks to the leadership and generosity of Dick McAllaster who, along with Daly, led the program to two South Carolina Independent Lacrosse League (SCILL) championships. BC lacrosse joined the Georgia High School Association in 2014 and has since earned six postseason berths and two area championships.
“We are very proud that BC lacrosse has established its own tradition of excellence,” Newman said, “and Dustin White is the perfect combination of expertise and experience to continue and even enhance that tradition. We are so fortunate that Dustin, an important piece of the team’s history as a former No. 10 (the jersey given to the teams’ top leader each year, in honor of fallen Cadet Ricky McAllaster), has accepted this appointment. He joined our faculty this year, and the timing is right for the transition in lacrosse leadership. I am honored to have been a part of a BC program that means so much to so many people.”
Noell Barnidge Benedictine Military School Communications Director
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