As first reported by SB Nation, WNBA coach Stephanie White, currently the head coach of the Indiana Fever, has agreed to become the next head coach of Vanderbilt’s women’s basketball program.
But, only after this year’s WNBA season has concluded.
A native of West Lebanon, Indiana, athletic excellence has been ingrained into White’s DNA in a region of the country where, as the saying goes, “in 49 other states, it’s just basketball.”
As a high school player, White averaged 36.9 points per game and 13.1 rebounds as a shooting guard for Seeger Memorial High School. Her achievements would bring her notoriety as the national high school player of the year in 1995 as well as earning the title of Indiana Miss Basketball.
As a player for Purdue University, White led the Boilermakers to a national championship in 1999. A second round draft choice by the Charlotte Sting that same year, White was dealt to the then-fledgling Indiana Fever and played for the team for four seasons.
White has been with the Indiana Fever in a coaching capacity since September of 2011 when she was hired as the fifth head coach in the franchise’s history.
Vanderbilt’s official announcement is expected today when White will be named as the successor to the Vanderbilt women’s all-time winningest coach, Melanie Balcomb, who resigned after this past season.
Information from The Tennessean and www.fever.wnba.com contributed to this report.