Grad Year: 1974
Year Inducted: 2000
James White was an outstanding goalkeeper in men’s soccer during his career at RIC. His 1.79 career goals-against average is currently seventh all-time at RIC. His 14 career shutouts are second all-time.
He backboned the team to the NAIA District 32 Tournament during his senior year in 1973, the first-ever post-season berth for the men’s soccer program. His nine shutouts that year is tied for the most at RIC in a single season. The team posted a 13-3 overall record, the best in school history at that time, while White allowed a mere 12 goals in 16 contests.
He also was a pitcher on the baseball team, co-captaining the squad as a senior in 1974. He holds the RIC record for the lowest earned run average in a season at 1.65, set as a junior in 1973. He is third all-time at RIC in career complete games (13) and fifth in ERA (3.19).
White received the John E. Hetherman Award, signifying him as RIC’s top male senior athlete, in 1974.
White continued to distinguish himself as a businessman after leaving RIC. He spent ten years at Dixon Industries, a division of Bundy Corporation, leaving as a senior national sales manager in 1982.
He moved to San Francisco, California and started a very successful company, JL White Technical Sales, Inc., a materials technical sales and marketing company for the high technology industry located in Silicon Valley.
A native of Bristol, he was selected to the Bristol High School Hall of Fame in 1997.