Mark Staten promoted to assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator; Sheldon White named director of player personnel.
Spartan Football All-Access takes you inside the Michigan State Football program. This episode includes an inside look of the walk-on to scholarship story of defensive end, Kenny Willekes, a look into the life of Executive Director of Player Personnel, Sheldon White and an depth view to the triple overtime thriller against the Northwestern Wildcats.
As executive director of player personnel, White’s primary responsibilities include coordinating the evaluation of all current players on the active roster, providing detailed reports to the coaching staff. He will also play a lead role in organizing the recruiting efforts of the program.
White played defensive back for six NFL seasons with the New York Giants (1988-89), Detroit Lions (1990-1992) and Cincinnati Bengals (1993).
Following retirement from his playing career, White returned to the Lions in 1997 as a scout for three seasons before becoming Director of Pro Personnel in 2000. In 2004, White completed the NFL’s career development program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and was promoted to Vice President of Pro Personnel with Detroit in 2009. Following his promotion, the Lions advanced to the NFL Playoffs twice in four seasons (2011, 2014). During his time as interim general manager in 2015, the team finished the year with a 6-2 record.
Prior to joining the Lions, White was the wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Miami-Ohio, from 1994-1996. A four-year starter at cornerback for the RedHawks from 1984-87, White earned first-team All-MAC and honorable mention All-America honors his senior season and served as a key contributor to the school’s MAC title in 1986. In 1988, White was selected by the New York Giants in the third round of the NFL Draft with the 62nd overall pick.
In 2014, White was inducted into Miami University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. White graduated from Miami-Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in finance.