Football: Mike White gets Seaborg honor

Mike White, a three-sport letterman at Cal who served as the Golden Bears’ head football coach from 1972-77 and later earned induction into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Glenn T. Seaborg Award.

The award, named after the former University of California chancellor and 1951 Nobel Prize-winning scientist, is presented annually to a former Cal football player for his career accomplishments who represents the honored Cal principles and traditions of excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and attitude.

“I am humbled and extremely proud to receive this honor, especially to represent a great person like Glenn Seaborg, who I knew as a student-athlete and when I first started coaching at Cal,” White said. “Some of the past winners are some unbelievably famous people in the history of Cal football. I don’t deserve that status, but am honored to have been acknowledged and hope that I live up to the past winners.”

White lettered in football, rugby and track & field at Cal from 1955-58. Playing as member of the football team under coaches Pappy Waldorf and Pete Elliott, he was a wide receiver for the Bears and served as team captain as a senior. On the track, he once won three different events in the Big Meet vs. Stanford, while he was team captain of the rugby team his final year. White received the Circle C Athlete of the Year honor in 1955-56. He earned his degree in business administration and was the baccalaureate speaker at graduation ceremonies in 1958.

“Mike White is a wonderful Californian and an outstanding person to receive the Glenn Seaborg Award and honor,” said Jack Hart, chair of the Seaborg Award Board of Directors. “Dr. Seaborg would be pleased. Mike achieved success at the highest level in his coaching experiences, both college and the NFL, and you could make a strong case he coached maybe the best team in Cal’s famed football history.”

Established in 1995, the Seaborg Award has been presented to 18 recipients. Past winners are:

1995 – Rod Franz
1996 – John Najarian, M.D.
1997 – John Ralston
1998 – Les Richter
1999 – Vic Bottari
2000 – Pete Schabarum
2001 – Ed Bartlett
2002 – Ray Willsey
2003 – Jack Hart
2004 – Bob Karpe
2005 – Harry Agler
2006 – Chris Markey
2007 – George Stathakis
2008 – Nick Veliotes
2009 – John Garamendi
2010 – Pete Domoto
2011 – Dick Erickson
2012 – Thelton Henderson


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  • GldnBear71

    Didn’t Coach White get fired from Cal for his cheating antics.

  • Eric

    If you have spent any time at Camp Blue of Lair of the Bear…MIKE WHITE!!!

  • Gobears49

    Best offense Cal ever had was when White was the coach — QB was Joe Roth, running back was Chuck Muncie (the greatest running bacirk Cal has ever had, though some might side with Marshawn Lynch or much earlier players Johnny O or Jackie Jensen), wide receivers Wesley Walker (easily the best receiver Cal has ever had) and Steve Rivera (three year pro).

  • rotfogel

    History lesson: Seaborg actually found plutonium among other elements and found it’s fissibility to be similar to U 235. He was from Lafayette, CA. Fraking smart dude!