Jake White wil trade his whistle for the professor’s podium as part of a plan to make the University of Canberra the world’s best sporting institution.
The Canberra Times reported White will be named as an adjunct professor where the Brumbies coach will give lectures, help with course development and add technical expertise.
The Brumbies will move their base to the university in 2014.
White will join Canberra Capitals leader Carrie Graf and Wallabies and Brumbies great Joe Roff at the university.
Graf is the UC’s coach-in-residence, while Roff is the chief executive of the university union.
‘I was a physical education teacher [before I became a coach] and I never dreamed of becoming an adjunct professor,’ he said. ‘It will be fantastic, it’s an opportunity for me to share some of my experiences. UC talks about being the best in sports and having that hub … if it means I can stimulate some coaches or guys in the sports world then it’s fantastic.
‘When you’re a coach you’re a teacher anyway, teaching rugby to 35 players. It’s part of your make-up.’
White, who won the 2007 World Cup with the Boks, rejuvenated the Brumbies in 2012. The team finished one place off a play-off. In this season’s tournament they hammered the Reds 24-6 and travel to Melbourne to play the Rebels on Friday.