BLOOMFIELD, NJ – F. James White, a Bloomfield High School Athletic Hall of Famer and legendary coach, has passed away.
White, a Bloomfield High School graduate, led the Bengals to countless Championships in Boys Soccer, Girls Basketball, and Track and Field. White won hundreds of games for Bengals Soccer and Lady Bengals Basketball, with a combined record of 665-251-57.
“Coach White had a unique gift for being very demanding of his athletes but never losing sight of the fact that it was sports and should be fun,” Bloomfield Athletic Director Steve Jennings told TAP. “To excel in two such diverse sports such as boys soccer and girls basketball is highly unusual if not unique.”
It was 30 years ago this month that Coach White led the Lady Bengals to their first Tournament of Champions victory.
White was the coach when 1988 BHS graduate Dana Morton was named All-Essex County and All-State First Team, and became Bloomfield’s first female 1,000-point scorer.
White taught physical education and health, and was a mentor to generations of students.
“He had a long and successful career as teacher and coach,” Jenkins added. “His former athletes universally speak of him in glowing terms. I was fortunate to work with him and learn a great deal from him.”
White is a member of the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame and NJSIAA Hall of Fame.
The Bloomfield community has indeed lost a great coach, mentor and friend.