By Will Sahlie
AUBURN, Ala. - For Jaunelle (Hamilton) White, the decision to come to Auburn was easy.
"Going back to my official visit, I knew that was a place I wanted to be," White said. "I told my father when we came from the trip that I was pretty certain I was going to Auburn. Lots of tradition, the campus, the student body and the support, it doesn't get much better than that."
At Auburn, White starred on the court, finishing first in Auburn history in kills with 1,848 and blocks with 571. She also finished third in attacks (3,827), sixth in aces (148) and 10th in digs (1002).
White was a four-time All-SEC honoree, the SEC Freshman of the Year in 1997.
White also shined off the court, winning the Leah Rawls Atkins award, given to the athlete who, in addition to athletic and scholarship achievement, exhibits in great degree the qualities of leadership, integrity and courage.
"I had really good coaches," White said. "I had three different coaches, and all of them were 100 percent about academics. They wanted us to be well-rounded. It wasn't just about volleyball.
"The emphasis was on the student part of student-athlete, and it was about us being good people. Any opportunities to do internships or community service, that was very important to our team."
White said her time on the Plains could not have been better thanks to the Auburn Family.
"My four years at Auburn were great. I wouldn't trade them for the world. Auburn is an awesome place.
"The Auburn Family really speaks to the support. No matter where you are, you can be anywhere in the United States, it is possible to run into someone who attended Auburn University. It is exactly family. When you come back, you're at home. It's just like your own personal family."
White, who now lives in Walbridge, Ohio, served as the senior associate athletic director of compliance and student services at Alabama State for several years.
White's husband, Marcus, serves as the defensive line coach at Bowling Green University. The couple has four children, MaKiah, Jailyn, Layla and Marcus II.