Edmond Memorial's Albert White: OKC Most Outstanding Wrestling Coach – Presented by Oklahoma Educators Credit Union

OECU feb 19

Edmond Memorial wrestling coach Albert White, who recently won a poll at VYPEOK.com for most outstanding wrestling coach. White has helped lead Memorial to a 5-5 dual record this season, a second place district finish, and has them ranked number eight in Class 6A.

White is originally from Illinois and was a four-time state wrestling champion. From there he went to wrestle at North Iowa Area Community College and won the NJCAA National Championship at 149 pounds. His performance earned him a spot on the Oklahoma State wrestling team where he was a three-year letter-winner and NCAA qualifier.

After college White coached at Prague for a year and was the head assistant at Darton State College in Georgia for one season. He then returned to Oklahoma at Edmond Memorial to help build the wrestling program. Albert has been at Memorial for four years including two as an assistant and is in his second as head coach.

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White was very complimentary of the way his team performed so far this season and the leadership he has seen displayed.

“We’ve had some guys step up big time, Jaxson Flaming in 145 pounds, he’s a first-year starter and works really hard and is coming on really hard. We’ve got some pretty good leadership out of senior Peter Rolle, good leadership out of our junior class with Jackson Opltnik, he’s doing really well him and Peter are turning state placers and are doing a good job of leading by example,” said White, “Kyle Knowles is a returning state qualifier and is coming on really well and is doing his best, it seems like everything is starting to click for him. We have some good freshmen as well Jake McCain is pretty talented and is getting better every match, Bam West is another freshman who is fairly strong and can finish strong down this home stretch.”

With that leadership and the fact that White thinks his team is peaking at the right time, the coach has big goals for the rest of the season.

“My goal is to get everyone to wrestle to their capabilities and full potential, if we do that we can have a top three finish if we finish the season out well enough and wrestle to our capabilities,” said White.

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