After a distinguished coaching career that has spanned more than 40 years, Broadneck’s Clay White has announced he will retire following the current school year.
White, 66, the head boys lacrosse coach and physical education teacher at Broadneck, emailed coaching colleagues on Monday to let them know of his decision. Broadneck athletic director Ken Kazmarek announced White’s pending retirement from coaching and teaching in a press release on Tuesday afternoon.
“Clay White’s departure marks the end of an era at Broadneck. His record as our lacrosse coach speaks for itself, but it will be his lasting impact on our student-athletes that will be most missed,” Kazmarek said in the release. “Mr. White was more than a coach to our athletes. He was a mentor, a confidant and friend. His special relationship with student-athletes was the cornerstone to his coaching.”
White, a Pasadena resident, graduated from Severna Park High School in 1970 and was a part of the 1970 team that finished undefeated.
White, who has been at Broadneck the last 32 years, began his coaching career leading the Severna Park junior varsity in 1976. He was also an assistant coach at Meade for two years and head coach at Southern for four years before taking the job at Broadneck.
“It has been a privilege, honor and dream to teach here for 19 years and coach for 33 years,” White said. “I owe everything to all our principals, athletic directors, coaching staff and peers who have supported me all these years. Broadneck has always been about what is best for the students and community.”
During White’s tenure, Broadneck established itself as a perennial lacrosse power, winning five state titles, including back-to-back titles in 1992-93 and 1996-97. The other title came in 1987.
In a statement posted on Broadneckathletics.org, White mentioned several of the coaches he’s worked with over the years.
“I am grateful for all the wonderful coaches I have had over the years,” he said. “Their unconditional loyalty and love of the great game of lacrosse has been amazing to me and the players. The numerous hours they have put in for minimal pay or no pay is beyond belief.”
White, who’s won more than 450 games in his career, has had just one losing season in his 32 years at Broadneck. He also served as coach of the Unified bowling program for several years.
“One of Anne Arundel County’s great additions was starting Unified and Allied sports and I am proud to have been the head bowling coach,” White said. “We have always had the largest bowling team in the county. Thanks to all the ACC students for all the great times, fun and genuine love of life.”
The Bruins are coming off a 10-5 season last year, with three of the losses coming to eventual state champion Severna Park. The Bruins played the Falcons to a two-goal game in the county championship game and later advanced to the Class 4A East Region final, where they fell to the Falcons.
“Broadneck is a special place and will always be my extended family. Thanks for the memories,” White said. “I will be holding a garage sale for all the maroon and grey attire I have accumulated through all these years.”
White said he and his wife plan to stay in the area upon his retirement.
“It was a tough decision. I want to enjoy my retirement,” White said. “I’m going to miss everything about Broadneck. Not many people get to live their dream. Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to teach and coach.”