Tony White joined the Aztec coaching staff in January 2009 and is in charge of the team’s cornerbacks for the ninth straight season. In 2011, he also added duties as San Diego State’s recruiting coordinator.
Since 2011, SDSU’s 100 interceptions are the third most in the country, while its 14 interceptions returned for a touchdown are tied for the fifth most over that span.
The Aztecs’ 49 interceptions over the last two seasons are the most in a two-year span in FBS play since Boston College had 51 in the 2007 and 2008 campaigns. SDSU led the country in interceptions (26) in 2016.
With White’s guidance, in 2016, Damontae Kazee earned his second MW Defensive Player of the Year honor. Kazee became the first cornerback in MW history to win the defensive player-of-the-year award twice and the fifth player overall. Kazee, the program’s career record-holder in interceptions, was the first Aztec in program history with six or more interceptions in consecutive seasons. In the 2017 NFL Draft, Kazee was selected as the 149th overall pick in the fifth round by the Atlanta Falcons.
In 2015, San Diego State produced one of its best defensive years in program history en route to a Mountain West Championship. The Aztecs finished second nationally with 23 interceptions and 10th in passing efficiency defense (108.71).
Under White’s direction, Kazee was named the 2015 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, a second-team All-American selection by USA Today, was an honorable-mention pick by Sports Illustrated and a first-team all-MW honoree. His eight interceptions were tied for second most nationally and tied for the most in SDSU’s Division I era and in MW single-season history.
Kazee and J.J. Whittaker (second team) earned All-Mountain West honors for the second-straight year after earning spots on the 2014 team (Kazee - second team; Whittaker - second team). That year, White was named the Rivals.com Non-Power 5 Top Recruiter.
San Diego State intercepted 14 passes in 2014 which tied for 29th nationally. The Aztecs ranked third in 2014 in pass efficiency defense (112.1) and allowed just 10 touchdowns through the air (second among Mountain West schools). White also guided SDSU’s punt return unit to a league-leading punt return average.
In 2013, White earned Scout.com MW Recruiter-of-the-Year honors for a second time. He helped Whittaker receive all-Mountain West honorable mention accolades in his first year of collegiate play in 2013. Whittaker led the squad with 14 passes defended (3 interceptions, 11 pass breakups), which ranked fifth in the conference.
Under White’s guidance, Leon McFadden became the fifth Aztec player in program history and the first since Kirk Morrison (2002-04) to garner first-team all-conference accolades in three consecutive seasons. McFadden, who owns the SDSU career record with 39 passes defended, was a third-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft after setting career highs with 61 tackles and three interceptions, including two for touchdowns, during his senior campaign in 2012.
In 2011, White was named the Scout.com MW Recruiter of the Year and both of the team’s starting cornerbacks, McFadden and senior Larry Parker, earned first-team all-league honors. Parker, who was also tabbed an honorable mention All-American by SI.com, led the Mountain West in interceptions with seven to tie for fourth nationally in his first campaign as a starter. His seven picks were the most by an Aztec since 1969, and are tied for third in program history.
Helped the Aztec defense improve substantially in the national rankings in 2010, climbing from 62nd to 10th in pass efficiency defense (113.4) and from 53rd to 39th in pass defense (205.0 ypg.). SDSU allowed less than 200 yards through the air in eight of 13 contests.
In 2010, he tutored McFadden to his initial first-team all-conference accolade, while the team’s other starting corner, senior Jose Perez, received honorable mention all-league recognition. The pair both ranked in the top five in the MW in passes defended.
In 2009, SDSU surrendered only 15 passing touchdowns, including four in non-conference action, after giving up 21 TDs in 2008. Opponents scored one passing touchdown or fewer in eight of 12 contests.
Came to San Diego State after spending 2008 alongside current Aztec head coach Rocky Long at New Mexico. White was in charge of the Lobos' linebackers.
At UNM, coached two honorable mention all-conference linebackers in (current SDSU assistant coach) Zach Arnett and Herbert Felder. New Mexico ended 2008 ranked 26th nationally in rushing defense, 45th nationally in total defense and 46th nationally in scoring defense.
Before moving to Albuquerque, served as the graduate assistant in football operations at UCLA in 2007. White assisted with the dayto- day operations and administration, recruiting administration and provided professional scouts with player information and videos.
In 2006, was the head football coach at St. Genevieve High School in Panorama City, Calif., where he led the team to its best record in 13 seasons and coached two first-team all-CIF selections.
Was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at outside linebacker for Bob Toledo at UCLA from 1997-2000.
Served as a team captain during his senior campaign in 2000, making 64 tackles and earning the team's N.N. Sugarman Award for Best Leadership.
Spent four seasons playing in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders, Ottawa Renegades and Hamilton Tiger- Cats.
Received his bachelor's degree in history from UCLA in 2002.
White and his wife, Angela, have a son, Anthony III, and a daugther, Ava.