Indianapolis—Indiana Fever head coach Stephanie White has interviewed for the top coaching position at Vanderbilt University.
After a four-year run as assistant coach with the Fever, White was named as the fifth head coach in September 2014 taking over duties for Lin Dunn. In her first regular season, White guided the Fever to a 20-14 record and beat the club mark for wins by a first year coach. White’s first playoff venture brought the team to the WNBA finals, making her the first rookie head coach in league history to do so.
White has coached in the college and pro ranks since 2003. Prior to coaching the Fever, she was the assistant coach for the Chicago Sky for four seasons. White also had former positions as an assistant coach for Ball State (2003-04), Kansas State (2004-05) and Toledo (2005-07).
“It has always been a goal of mine to get back into college coaching at some point in my career but, it had to be the ‘perfect’ opportunity in order for me to consider leaving this job that I love very much. Vanderbilt did reach out to me and I was given permission to speak with them. No matter what happens in this process, my focus is on the Indiana Fever and leading this team to the WNBA championships this season. I love this team, our players, staff and organization and I will continue to give them all everything I have.”
Fever President and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf had this to say about White’s interest in Vanderbilt, “In the offseason, Stephanie made it known that she is interested in pursuing college coaching. We agreed that she would remain with the Fever for the 2016 season. It is not my desire for her to leave our franchise, but I felt the right thing to do was to allow her to pursue her goal of coaching in college. I am more than confident that Stephanie will do a great job for us this season.”
White and the Fever following a 97-93 win over the Phoenix Mercury Wednesday, hosted the Atlanta Dream on Friday evening. Fever ended the game in a 94-85 win. Indiana will face the Minnesota Lynx Friday May, 27.