William D. White
Bill came to Baker after highly successful years in athletics at both the high school and Junior College levels. He graduated from Chanute High School and then went on to play both football and basketball at Independence Junior College where in football he was named to the all-conference team in 1956. In basketball he was selected to the Eastern Division all-conference team and team captain his sophomore year.
He was recruited to play his final two years of college athletics by Coach Karl Spear at Baker. He got his chance to play in his first game and ended up playing quarterback calling the plays, passing, running, punting and kicking extra points and field goals on offense while he ran back punts and kickoffs on special teams and also played in the defensive secondary. He literally led the Wildcats to records of 6-2-1 in 1957 and 8-1 and an undefeated KCAC championship his senior year. For his efforts he was a unanimous choice all KCAC and was additionally selected to the Methodist College All-American First Team in 1958. In basketball he had a 15 point per game average and was selected to the second team All-KCAC team his senior year. He went out for track in the spring of 1959 and won enough points in competition to meet the letter requirement and thus became the only Baker Athlete that year to win letters in football, basketball and track.
Following graduation he coached and had success at both the high school level at Moran and later Horton and Independence and at the collegiate level as an assistant at Pittsburg State (where he earned an MS degree) and later as head coach at Independence Junior College. In 1973 he entered the real estate business and began his own business in 1978. Throughout his career he was heavily involved in civic activities, on boards and as president of the Optimist Club.
He has been married to his wife, Marie for 54 years and together they have three children, Sally, Tim and Janelle and nine grandchildren.