Sporting Youth: Eureka head coach Jason White leaves the sidelines


Jason White stepping down as Eureka’s head coach sent shockwaves across the HDN.Nobody expected he would leave football after 35 years. Andrew Haraldson, who served as the Loggers defensive coordinator, is taking over at Albee Stadium.     

White’s charisma has been an underlying factor in his success as a head coach. In every locker room he’s stepped into, he’s one of the brightest minds. At the age of 16, football became his life’s work.

In seven seasons as Eureka’s head coach, white won 3 conference titles, a division four NCS championship and reached a CIF regional bowl game. His 2018 roster featuring Cruz Montana and Isaak Guiterrez is considered as one of the best assembled teams in eureka history the loggers posted a 12-1 record.

From stops at Lumberjack Arena to Albee Stadium, White has groomed North Coast royalty. The Fort Bragg native never imagined shaping the lives of future NFL players. His connection with James Lee went beyond football. The former Corsair, who played for the Packers, died of diabetes 2016.

Jason has not shutout a possible return following the 2020 season. But during his time off, he’ll be working on his bucket list: receiving an administrator credential, attending 49ers training camp, and taking dad to Levi’s Stadium to watch Jimmy Garoppolo. The biggest challenge for the White’s — adjusting to Friday night’s.