As a coach and a mentor, Paul White emphasized academics and personal conduct in developing the foundation and culture that led to great success for the Panthers in football, track and cross country for years to come.
The Panthers had not been to the Bergen Relays in seven years when Paul came into the Boys Track program as an assistant. Within three years the Panthers were entered into all events, and were soon winning the small schools (Groups 1 & 2) championship. The Glen Rock track culture really came into its own as Paul partnered with the Girls Track coach and 2019 inductee D.J. Nimphius to effectively combine the programs and train and teach the athletes by event. The girls went on to win six state titles.
The Boys and Girls Cross Country programs were struggling when Coach White took the reins. The boys had been winless in the preceding season. In his first year, both won their League Meet. In his final season, Glen Rock scored a triple double, with both teams winning League, County and Sectional Group titles. Paul also endowed the program by mentoring Tracie Gallo who continues to run the program today.
Paul took control of the football program in the early 90’s, collapsing the program into two teams to develop a more stable structure. He campaigned for and raised funds for a rejuvenated weight room, instituted a proper strength and conditioning program and brought more discipline and accountability to the team. By his third year, the varsity team had a successful 8-2 season, with the freshman team also winning 8 games. Paul stepped away for personal reasons at that time and Hall of Famer Al Deaett took the reins. And the next ten years saw fantastic success, leveraging the foundation put in place by Coach White.