Caroline White
Caroline  White

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
St. Benedict '01


Gophers Add to 2015-16 Incoming Class

Minnesota is pleased to add 11 more student-athletes to its incoming class


Olympic Dreams: Sam Sonnenberg

The former Gopher will vault Friday at Olympic Trials.


Gopher Track & Field/Cross Country Announces 2012 Recruiting Class

Fifteen student-athletes have committed to joining the Gophers next season.


Minnesota Heads to Big Ten Indoor Championships

Action starts Friday at 10:50 a.m.


Seniors Ready for Parents Day Open

Final meet before the Big Ten championships


W.Track St.Thomas April 2015

Gopher Women's Track & Field competes at St.Thomas on April 29, 2015.

Caroline White is in her 14th season as a volunteer pole vault coach for the Minnesota women's track & field team in 2016-17.

White has coached Gopher pole vaulters to five All-America awards and six Big Ten titles. Under her tutelage, Alicia Rue and Samantha Sonnenberg became the first Gophers to clear 14 feet during their collegiate careers.

White helped guide Sonnenberg to a Big Ten indoor title in the pole vault and a seventh place finish at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships which earned her All-American status for the second straight year. Sonnenberg also matched the school record set by Alicia Rue in 2009, clearing 14-3.25. At Minnesota, Sonnenberg improved her best indoor mark from 12-6 to 14-1.25 and her outdoor mark from 12-0 to 14-3.25. White also coached Sonnenberg to the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials, and they continue in this partnership.

Alicia Rue was White's first All-American, reaching that status in 2008. Rue repeated as an All-American in 2009, with a runner-up finish at the indoor meet and a tie for third outdoors. She won three straight Big Ten indoor titles (2008, 2009, 2010) and an outdoor title in 2009. Rue's marks improved from 13-3 to 14-4.50 indoors and 13-0 to 14-3.25 outdoors during her time at Minnesota.

White was instrumental in Rue's gold-medal performance at the 2007 Junior Pan American Games, Laura Massey's 2006 Big Ten title, and Andrea Smith's NCAA Championships appearances in 2005 and 2008. During her first year at Minnesota, White coached Monica Stearns to the NCAA Championships and the U.S. Olympic trials (qualifying with a mark of 14-1.75) in 2004. Smith (12-7 to 13-5.25) and Stearns (12-10 to 14-1.75) both saw improvement under White's watch.

"She loves pole vaulting," director of women's cross country and track & field Matt Bingle said. "It's a family affair for her, with her husband coaching the men's team here as well. It's something she's very passionate about. She has a great connection with the women on the team. It's a small group because she's focused on the women pole vaulters. It gives her the ability to focus on their individual needs and to take care of them that way. I think that's a huge deal. And she just fits the mold of what we want at our university. She has a great spirit and passion about the sport."

White earned two All-America certificates in the pole vault while competing at the College of St. Benedict. She was St. Ben's Athlete of the Year in 2001 and a two-time Academic All-American. She won Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) pole vault titles in 1998 and 2001.

White graduated from St. Benedict in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in biology and earned a master's in education from St. Thomas in 2004. She currently teaches seventh grade at Maple Grove Junior High School. She completed her USATF Level 2 Coaching Certification in Jumps in 2005.

White and her husband Steve, who works with the Gopher men's pole vaulters, have two sons, Henry and Emmitt.


Gophers Win Team Crown at KU Relays


Minnesota won 10 event titles to edge host Kansas for the team title at the KU Relays Quadrangular Saturday.

Gophers Win Eight Titles at Holst Invite


Members of the Gophers women's track & field team competed locally at the Holst Invitational Saturday.

Action Continues at KU Relays


Members of the Gopher women's track & field team competed at day three of the KU Relays Friday.

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