Chris White is no stranger to success.
During his time at St. Thomas Episcopal in Houston, he guided the boys soccer program to seven TAPPS final four appearances and three state titles.
White is beginning a new chapter in his career at The Woodlands Christian Academy, taking over a relatively young program. His standards for success remain the same, however, and he is excited for the opportunity.
“There’s multiple reasons (for the move),” said White, who led St. Thomas for eight years. “No. 1, I live out in Spring, so I was making the journey all the way to Bellaire every single day. But also because of the facilities they have over there, it’s just kind of unreal what they’re doing with the new locker room that they’ve got, the beautiful turf field.
“The Woodlands is just a breeding ground for soccer,” White continued. “I feel like it’s an opportunity where state championships can be won over a long period of time. That was kind of the whole reasoning behind it.”
The Woodlands Christian Academy only recently started its soccer program, and the foundation White inherits is a strong one. He is looking forward to putting his own stamp on the team, however, and that starts immediately.
“Really, it’s buying into the culture change,” White said. “Every time you have a coaching change, you have to get the kids to buy into what you want to do, the seniors especially. (Former coach) Ashley (Williams) did a great job over there, so it’s kind of his baby. The culture change is going to be different, so if (the players) can buy into that, I think the sky’s the limit.”
White, who was born in England and moved to Houston with his family in 1994, said he intends to bring a “possession-based” style of play to the Warriors, who lost in the Division II bi-district playoffs last winter.
TWCA graduated all-district players like Stratton Butaud and Forrest Remy, but should have plenty of talent returning to the fold for the 2021-22 season.
While it was a tough decision for White to leave St. Thomas, he hopes to take his experiences and apply them in a positive way at TWCA.
“I’m excited for the opportunities over at The Woodlands,” he said. “I just think that with the right system, with the right coaching staff, competing in 5A, that’s something we can definitely win. I’ve played a lot of the teams at that level at St. Thomas. We always played up with the 5A and 6A schools, so I have experience, and I know how to beat those schools. I’m stoked about it. Every time I go on campus, it’s incredible.”