Donaldsonville native coaches Jaguars throwers to top mark

Teremine White (right) stands with D’Wayne Houston (left) and Director of SWAC Championship, LaKitha Murray, (Middle) while Houston is presented with the Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Year.

After getting home from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in April, Southern University assistant coach Teremine White reflected back on the meet and got emotional he admitted. Just finishing up his third year as the Throwers Coach for the Jaguars, White realized he nine athletes who finished in the top three in the conference, including four first place awards.

Overall the Jaguars finished fourth in the meet, but Jaguars head coach Brian Johnson said his program wouldn’t be what it is without the help of White and his throwers.

“He is a great coach and is part of the reason why we are so successful,” Johnson said. “I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have him part of my program.”

White coaches nine female throwers and five male throwers and with the performance his athletes put on at the conference meet, it showed they are getting the proper training from a coach who once was in their shoes.

For the women’s team, Katelyn Roth claimed the title in the Hammer Throw with a toss of 48.41 meters and Kashmia Weary won the title in the Shot Put throw with a toss of 13.48 meters.

For the men, Hasoni Alfred took first place in the Javelin with a throw of 50.18 meters and D’Wayne Houston won the Hammer Throw with a distance of 50.45 meters, and the Shot Put with a mark of 15.86 meters.

Johnson said he think it’s important for coaches to have personal experience in coaching the athletes today because the way “you train an athlete is different from back in the past.”

“So if you can use experience and not have athletes do the things you to make them a better athlete,” Johnson said. “I think that experience part is a big role in determining the success of kids nowadays.”

For White, the first priority he puts on his athletes is taking care of business in the classroom. He said when they do well in the classroom it’ll translate onto the track and field.

“We’re really into what we’re doing, that’s why we are so successful,” White said about the Jaguar program. “We’re not just letting the kids go out there on their own and throw, we’re actually working with them and making sure we get the best out of them. And not just the best out of them athletically, in the classroom as well.”

White credits his success to Johnson for trusting him enough to recruit the athletes he need for the program. He also credits the strength and conditioning coach for the teams’ success as well.

White knows first-hand what it takes to be a top thrower in the country. He was one. He competed in the NCAA Division I National Championships in 2008. As far as the throwers at Southern, White said he can see a resemblance in Houston that reminds him of himself.

“He works hard in the weight room and he wants to do well,” White said about Houston, a Regionals qualifier. “He strives to be first all the time, he wants to be the number one kid in the country and that’s how I was. I always got a rush out of throwing against the best people and he always wants to compete against the best and do well against the best.”

White said even though Houston comes from a small school, he still wants to be one of the top kids in the country and that “reminds me of myself.”

White is hoping to make Southern one of the top throwing programs in the country, and he believes confidently it will be.

Johnson added, “Teremine is doing a wonderful job, I’m proud of him and I think better things are to come for Coach White. He’s young, he’s aggressive and he’s willing to learn. It’s hard to find that these days.”