Stephanie White is in her fourth season at the helm of the Vanderbilt women’s basketball program.
White was named the head coach of the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team in May of 2016, becoming just the fifth all-time head coach in the history of the Vanderbilt program.
When she arrived in Nashville prior to the 2016-17 season, White inherited a young Vanderbilt team that featured only two seniors and relied heavily on five freshmen. White guided the Commodores to a 14-16 overall record in her first season with the team, including a 4-12 mark in the SEC during the 2016-17 campaign.
White and the Vanderbilt squad played one of the nation’s toughest schedules in 2017-18 and with a team that featured 10 underclassmen struggled in White’s second season on West End. The 2017-18 season featured seniors Rachel Bell and Christa Reed joining the 1,000-point club while freshman Chelsie Hall, who started each game of her rookie season, was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. Kaleigh Clemons-Green was also recognized on the SEC Community Service Team for her volunteer efforts.
True to history, the Commodores were one of the top offensive teams in the country in White’s second year. Vanderbilt ranked in the top 30 nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (17th, .365) and field goal percentage (30th, .450). Sophomore Cierra Walker also concluded her sophomore campaign ranked 17th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (.425).
In her third season, White placed Mariella Fasoula on the Lisa Leslie Award watchlist and earn All-SEC second team honors, watched Brinae Alexander be named to the all-freshman team and Clemons-Green earned her second consecutive spot on the SEC All-Newcomer Team.
Vanderbilt allowed 70.8 points/game during the 2018-19 season after allowing 79.2 the year prior. Its improvement of 8.4 points/game was the 12th largest in Division I, fifth largest among major conference teams and the second largest in the SEC.
Having enjoyed success at virtually every level of basketball as a player and coach, White arrived at Vanderbilt after spending two seasons as the head coach of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. She took the Fever to the playoffs in each of her two seasons, including a trip to the WNBA finals in 2015.
White — who played five seasons in the WNBA after a decorated playing career at Purdue — was named head coach of the Fever in September 2014. In 2015, she guided the Fever to the WNBA finals, becoming the first rookie coach in league history to lead a team to the finals.
As a collegiate player, White enjoyed a highly successful career at Purdue, where she earned national player of the year honors after helping lead the Boilermakers to the 1999 NCAA championship as a senior. That season, she also received the Wade Trophy, given to the nation’s top female player, and was named Big Ten Conference Player of the Year.
White averaged double-figure scoring in all four seasons of her college career, including 20.2 points per game as a senior, and amassed 2,182 points for her career. White was inducted into the Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
She was also a star in the classroom at Purdue. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was an Academic All-American.
White was an assistant coach with the Chicago Sky from 2007-2010, then joined the Fever staff as an assistant in 2011. She was promoted to associate head coach in 2014 before being named head coach after Lin Dunn’s retirement. While coaching in the WNBA, White served as a college basketball analyst for ESPN and the Big Ten Network. She also covered the NBA’s Indiana Pacers for FOX Sports Indiana.
Prior to coaching in the WNBA, White coached in the college ranks, serving as an assistant at Toledo (2005-07), Kansas State (2004-05) and Ball State (2003-04).
Before beginning her coaching career, White enjoyed a productive five-year WNBA career, spending one season with the Charlotte Sting and four with the Indiana Fever, before retiring in 2004.
At the completion of her four seasons with the Fever, she ranked third in games played (112) and 3-pointers (92), and fourth in scoring (684). She was named to the Indiana Fever’s All-Decade Team in 2009.
White and her wife, Michelle, have three sons: Landon, and twins, Aiden and Avery.
White Quick Hits
Won the 1999 NCAA National Championship at Purdue
1999 Big Ten Player of the Year and Wade Trophy winner
CoSIDA Academic All-American and 2016 Academic All-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Five year WNBA Career (Charlotte Sting, Indiana Fever)
First WNBA Rookie Head Coach to lead her team to the WNBA Finals
College Basketball Analyst for ESPN and the Big Ten Network
Indiana Pacers Reporter for FOX Sports Indiana
*Head Coach, Vanderbilt (2016-Present)
*Head Coach, WNBA Indiana Fever (2015-16)
*Assistant Coach, WNBA, Indiana Fever (2011-14)
*Assistant Coach, WNBA, Chicago Sky (2007-10)
*Assistant Coach, Toledo (2005-07)
*Assistant Coach, Kansas State (2004-05)
*Assistant Coach, Ball State (2003-04)
White Head Coaching Record
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