Chris WhiteRunning Backs and Special TeamsFirst Year at Iowa
Chris White joined the Iowa coaching staff in February, 2013, after spending the previous four years on the coachingstaff of the Minnesota Vikings. White will coach Hawkeye running backs and coordinate special teams.Prior to his four seasons with the Vikings, White coached on the collegiate level for 17 years. For the past four seasons, White has assisted in coaching the Viking special teams. In 2012, Minnesota posted a 10-6 record, earning aWild Card playoff berth while setting a team record for biggest turnaround in victories from one season to the next. In 2012, Minnesota’s special teams were recognized with the No. 1 ranking in the well-respected
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season-ending special teams’ evaluations. The special teams unit was headlined by rookie kicker Blair Walsh’srecord-setting season, as he earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. His 141 points are the second-most ever by an NFLrookie and rank second in club history.Over the past two seasons, the Vikings 26.8-yard kickoff return average led the NFL. Defensively, the Vikings ledthe NFL by allowing only 18 kickoff returns of 20-plus yards. Minnesota was third in the NFL with an averagestarting field position at the 24.6 yard line following kickoff returns, and had six kickoff returns of 40-plus yards. Thereturn units earned a place in the Minnesota record book by returning both a kick and punt return for a touchdown atDetroit. After joining the Vikings in 2009, White helped oversee a special teams unit that sent a pair of members to the ProBowl and made an impact on the Vikings record book along the way. The Vikings special teams were instrumental inthe team winning a second consecutive NFC North title and winning 12 games in the regular season, tied for thesecond-best total in team history.The 2009 special teams were represented at the Pro Bowl by returner Percy Harvin and cover man Heath Farwell.Harvin set a Vikings record by returning a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns during the season, including a 101-yarder that tied the second-longest in Vikings history.White joined the Vikings after a nine-year stint at Syracuse University where, at different times throughout his tenure,he coached wide receivers and tight ends, and was the special teams’ coordinator and recruiting coordinator. White’snine seasons at Syracuse were highlighted by a 2001 Insight Bowl victory and a share of the Big East championship in2004. A combined seven units ranked in the nation’s top 20 under White’s direction as special teams coordinator from 2000-03.White served as the Orange’s wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, a post he moved to prior to the 2005season. He spent his first three years at Syracuse working with the tight ends and as special teams’ coordinator. Fromthe start of the 2000 season until he left his post as special teams coordinator in 2003, only seven teams in the country blocked more kicks than the Orange (22). Syracuse also scored eight touchdowns on special teams during the sametime frame.White served a dual-role at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 1999, working as both defensive and special teams’coordinator. White spent three seasons at UNLV (1996-98), serving as linebackers coach and special teams’coordinator. The lone head coaching job of White’s career came during a three-year stint with Bishop Manogue HighSchool in Las Vegas from 1994-96. He was named the Northern Nevada Coach of the Year in 1996.White’s first full-time role in coaching came as the assistant quarterbacks coach for the College of the Holy Cross(Mass., 1993-94). In his two years at that post, both of the Crusaders starting quarterbacks ended their respectiveseasons with quarterback efficiency ratings over 100. White began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coachat Syracuse (1990-91) and Arkansas State (1992).In his first stint at Syracuse, White worked with former Vikings quarterback coach Kevin Rogers and PaulPasqualoni. The team won the 1990 Aloha and 1991 Hall of Fame bowls.