Ashley White enters her ninth year as head coach of the Lander program. White became the Bearcats’ fifth head volleyball coach when she was hired in April 2012.
In her eight seasons at Lander, the Bearcats have compiled an 158-95 overall record. White has led Lander to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinals three times and has taken the Bearcats to three NCAA Tournaments. Lander improved its number of overall wins and conference wins in each of White’s first four seasons.
Lander went 20-10 in 2019, the program's fifth 20-win season in six years. Kyra Ross earned AVCA All-American honorable mention accolades, as well as AVCA all-region honors, while Madilyn Reed was tabbed as a D2CCA all-region performer and became the first player in Peach Belt Conference history to earn a second Setter of the Year award.
In 2018, Lander posted a 22-8 record, finishing second in the Peach Belt Conference and earning the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Southeast Regional, the program's highest seeding ever at the NCAA Tournament. The Bearcats set a program record with four all-PBC selections, including Freshman of the Year Kaitlyn Krafka and Setter of the Year Madilyn Reed. Krafka was tabbed as the American Volleyball Coaches Association Southeast Region Freshman of the Year, the first such honor in Lander history.
The Bearcats finished 15-12 in 2017 as senior Reyonia Whipple broke the school's career record for block assists and was named second-team all-Peach Belt Conference.
Lander went 21-12 in 2016 and returned to the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season as the sixth-seed in the Southeast Regional. The Bearcats began the season by tying a school record with 10 consecutive wins and Halle Dotson was named first-team all-PBC
The 2015 team finished 25-13, setting a school record for wins in a season and earned the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. The Bearcats finished with an 11-7 mark in Peach Belt Conference play, the first winning season in league play since 2008. Lander advanced to the Peach Belt Conference tournament semifinals for the fifth time in program history and the Bearcats knocked off Wingate in the first round of the NCAA Southeast Region Tournament, giving the program its first NCAA Tournament win. Julia Ferreira-Alves was named the Peach Belt Libero/Defensive Specialist of the Year, while Tarryn Angermeier set the school record for career block assists.
Lander led the nation in total digs and total blocks in 2015, while ranking sixth nationally in digs per set and blocks per set. Reyonia Whipple finished second in the nation in blocks, while Tarryn Angermeier finished eighth.
The Bearcats finished the 2014 season with a 22-10 overall record. Lander began the season with a school-record 10-game winning streak and did not drop a set in the first six matches of the season. The Bearcats ranked fifth in the country in digs per set. Julia Ferreira-Alves was named second-team All-Peach Belt.
Lander went 18-13 in 2013, giving the program its first winning season in four years. The Bearcats won seven conference matches for just the second time in school history. Lander finished the season ranked seventh nationally in digs per set. Tarryn Angermeier was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference second-team.
In her first season at Lander, White was voted the Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year for leading the Bearcats to a 15-17 overall record and 6-8 in the PBC. The Bearcats also made it to the second round of the conference tournament by beating USC Aiken. Additionally, Tarryn Angermeier was named PBC Co-Freshman of the Year and made second-team All-Peach Belt. Lander ended the season ranked 11th in the nation in digs per set.
White earned a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science/Physical Education from Lander in 2006 and played for the Bearcats from 2001-04. She completed her Masters Degree in May of 2012 at Converse College.
A native of Ft. Myers, Fla., White served as head coach for one year (2011) at Belhaven (Miss.). In her only year at Belhaven, the team improved from a 9-16 season with zero conference victories to 23-13 and six league wins. Prior to that, White was the assistant coach at USC Upstate for four years. She and her husband, Thomas, have a daughter, Charley.