Something happened this week for former Mountaineer quarterback Kevin White
that he never imagined would ever happen in his lifetime. In the fashion of the men’s soccer team, WVU made its way to his hometown, Casa Grande, Ariz.
“I cannot believe that I am sitting in Casa Grande watching the West Virginia University Mountaineers play soccer, it’s amazing,” White says. “You never know what’s going to come to you in life.”
West Virginia is currently wrapping up a preseason trip to the Grande Sports Academy that has featured two-a-day practices and numerous team meetings.
White, a quarterback from 1981-84, along with his wife Cathie (a former Mountaineer gymnast) and there three children made the trip down the road on Thursday with other WVU alums to have dinner with the men’s soccer team and take in the Gold-Blue intrasquad scrimmage.
Immediately White was able to relate to the team that features student-athletes from 11 different states and four different countries.
“Every part of the country has its own culture and it was a major culture shock for me to leave the desert and head to West Virginia,” White says. “I had never been east of the Mississippi before, so I can relate to what these kids go through. It’s interesting to hear how spread out they are all across the world.”
During Thursday’s visit, White was surprised at not only the athleticism and talent of the team, but also how genuine each member was to each alumnus.
“I am so impressed with the kids on the team,” White says. “Every one of those kids came up to me, looked me in the eye, introduced themselves and shook my hand. It’s a great group of kids.”
White is best known by Mountaineer fans for his performance during the 1984 season that saw back-to-back wins over ranked teams in No. 4 Boston College and No. 19 Penn State, as well as a victory in the Bluebonnet Bowl against TCU.
“I have a soft spot for that Boston College game for whatever reason, maybe it was because Doug Flutie was on the other side,” White says. “That was a great week and then we beat Penn State the next week and the Bluebonnet Bowl was a great way to finish my career.”
After having memories like that during his career, he made sure to let each member of the men’s soccer team know that these are the best days of there lives and to leave it all out on the field.
“I told the kids today that I hope they appreciate what an extraordinary event this is in their lives, to be able go to West Virginia and be a part of a team like this,” White says. “Today brought back a lot of memories and how blessed I was to have that experience.”