Analyzed Sports | By S.K. Patrick
The Rise of the Rebel
Reviewing the last decade of Atherton Rebel football one might want to cover their eyes. After 10 years former Coach, Kenneth Walker compiled a record was 19-82. Atherton High School ranks in the top 10 high schools in academics. While the Rebels excels in academics, they pale to comparison on the athletic side. As Atherton transitions into the new decade, they bring in a man who is known for his emphasis on student-athletes and players exemplifying excellence in the classroom and on the field.
In May, the Atherton Rebels hired a coach with a vision and a track record of success. Anthony White or Coach Nino as some call him has accepted the head coaching position and bring the rise of the Rebels. White has coached at Class 6A powers, Ballard High School and DuPont Manual High School. He has been apart of top schools that won in the classroom and on the field. It’s the perfect marriage as he takes over the program. White is an X’s and O’s guru whose plan of attack on offense leaves the opposing defenses with nightmares. Coaching running backs and playing the position he has a feel for the game that few do. The experience and culture he brings will be welcomed at Atherton.
What truly sets himself apart from his peers is White has grown in a similar fashion to young men he coaches. He understands the struggles that players may have lived through. He is able to connect to the young men behind the mask. Parents and players alike seek out White for his coaching and motivational skills.
Speaking to Coach Anthony White over the weekend at the Reggie Bonnafon football camp, I asked him on his philosophy of building a winning program.
“My philosophy as a coach is to play the best man! I am more of a players coach. I see myself as Charlie Strong or Dabo Swinney.”
On the lower level, he helped establish the youth league team of the Kentucky Thoroughbreds. Under his leadership, he oversaw under-served youth players and some went on to attend the best Louisville High Schools, thanks to his coaching and connections.
White sees himself in his players and treats them young men first before football players. This summer White was the head coach the Team Kentucky 7th graders All-Stars. The team beat Tennessee, the win showed what top talent can display under White’s coaching.
The Atherton program will thrive under his recruiting, leadership, and personal development of talent. The program has the potential to become a threat in the Louisville area and White has the keys to unlock that toolbox.
“At Atherton, I will be committed to promoting a team environment of respect, attentiveness, participation, and discipline.” Coach White stated. “I seek to help players learn valuable lessons, personal skills, and physical skills.”