Bob White completed his first season as head volleyball coach at North Alabama. He was hired in March of 2018 and brought a 443-90 career coaching record to the program.
White, who also oversees the Lions beach volleyball program, becomes UNA’s ninth head coach. He spent the previous 13 seasons at Palm Beach Atlantic where he led the Sailfish to six straight NCAA Division II regional tournament's, including two trips to the Final Four.
In 2015, he led PBA to a 31-5 record and the highest ranking in program history at No. 2, while finishing as the South Region champions and NCAA runner-up. For his efforts, White was named the AVCA Division II Coach of the Year. He followed that by repeating as regional champions and again advancing to the Final Four.
During his tenure at PBA, White also led the Sailfish to seven NCCAA regional titles and a national championship in 2014. He amassed a 398-84 record while winning two South Region championships, and achieving eight seasons of 30 or more victories.
White arrived at PBA in 2002 as the head volleyball coach and assistant athletic director for facilities and compliance. He coached the team for five seasons before moving over to a full-time role as the athletic director in 2007, then back into a coaching role in 2009.
White began his coaching career at Tennessee Temple University, leading them to a 69-10 record in two seasons.
White holds a bachelor's degree from Pensacola Christian College and master's degree in organizational leadership from PBA. In 2008, White was inducted into the NCCAA Hall of Fame and became the first coach to be inducted into the PBA Sports Hall of Fame.
White and his wife, Robin, have two children, Robbe and Lauryn, and one grandson, Mac.
David Gordon Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach, University of North Alabama
David Gordon completed his first season as assistant volleyball coach at North Alabama. He comes to UNA after spending six seasons as an assistant at Palm Beach Atlantic.
During his time at PBA under current UNA head coach Bob White, Gordon worked with setters and outside hitters. He coached three All-Americans at each position as the Sailfish advanced to the NCAA Tournament each year, including a Division II runner-up finish in 2015. PBA advanced to the regional final in four of his six years. After winning the South Region and advancing to the national championship match in 2015, the Sailfish posted another regional title the following year before falling in the Final Four.
Prior to PBA, Gordon was a successful high school coach at Lakeland Christian in Florida. He also directed numerous volleyball teams on foreign tours in Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama.
A native of California, Gordon attended both Biola University and LeTourneau College where he competed as a baseball player. He would also go on to earn a Bible degree from the Logos Bible Institute in Sun Valley, Calif. He graduated from LeTourneau University with a B.S. in nonprofit management.
Gordon and his wife, Brenda, reside in Florence.
Haley Doerfler Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach, University of North Alabama
Haley Doerfler completed her first season as assistant volleyball coach at North Alabama. The former standout at Hawaii Pacific came to UNA from Durham University in England, where she worked the school's indoor and sand volleyball programs.
Doerfler will serve as the indoor team's blocking coordinator and coach the opposites and middles. On the outdoor team, she will serve as recruiting coordinator and oversee operations.
While working at Durham, Doerfler served as the program's recruiting coordinator for both the men's and women's indoor teams. She was also the head coach for the school's men's and women's sand teams since January of 2017. She also has extensive experience coaching at the club level over the previous six years.
At Hawaii Pacific, the four-year letterman totaled 765 career kills, including 208 as a senior in the 2014 season. She led the team in blocking in three of her four seasons, totaling 394. She posted a team-high 117 total blocks and hit .309 in 2013 and was a third team All-PacWest selection.
Doerfler prepped at Prairie High School in Battle Ground, Washington, where she was an All-State and league MVP. She also excelled at the club level, winning the JO National Champions in the American Division while being named to the all-tournament team.