Former Purdue Boilermaker Stephanie White was officially named the new head coach of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever today. The original announcement came last spring when then-head coach Lin Dunn announced this past WNBA season would be her last.
White was named Indiana Miss Basketball, Gatorade National Player of the Year and USA Today National Player of the Year in 1995. She was then recruited to Purdue University by Dunn, who happened to be the head coach at that time. With the Boilermakers, White won the 1999 NCAA Women’s National Championship and won the Wade Award for top female basketball player in the country.
Following her four-year career with Purdue, White was drafted by the Charlotte Sting in the 1999 WNBA Draft. She spent a year with the Sting and then was drafted by the Indiana Fever in 2000 during the expansion draft. White spent four years with the Fever, retiring in 2004.
After several assistant coaching stints in the college ranks, White joined the Chicago Sky in 2007. She spent four years with the Sky and then was recruited by her former coach Dunn to join her coaching staff in Indiana. Four years later she is finally getting her first crack at being a head coach.
White will have this offseason to put together her coaching staff and implement any new scheme changes she deems necessary. The 2015 WNBA season should start sometime next May.