Stephanie White: From Phi Beta Kappa to WNBA

Friday, November 25, 2016, Vol. 40, No. 48

New VU women’s coach Stephanie White, left, during her playing days with the Indiana Fever. She is tasked with rebuilding her team to national prominence, as well as restoring home attendance.

-- Ap Photo/Rick Havner, File

Stephanie White averaged double-figure scoring in all four seasons of her college career, including 20.2 points per game as a senior.

She was inducted into the Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame on April 21, 2006. Her college coach was Carolyn Peck, former Vanderbilt star and now the Commodores’ associate coach.

White was also a star in the classroom at Purdue. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was an Academic All-American.

White has been coaching in the WNBA since 2007, and has also served as a college basketball analyst for ESPN and the Big Ten Network. She has covered the NBA’s Indiana Pacers for FOX Sports Indiana.

She 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.

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 Fever’s All-Decade Team that was announced in 2009.

White and her wife, Michelle, have three boys: Landon, age 5, and twins, Aiden and Avery, age 2.