State Prep Legend, Former Purdue and Fever Star Returns to Fever Franchise

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       INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever has announced that Indiana basketball legend Stephanie White will return to the Fever as an assistant coach for the 2011 season. White, one of the original Fever players in 2000 and a member of the Fever’s All-Decade Team announced in 2009, has coached in the college and pro ranks since 2003. She retired from the WNBA following the 2004 season.

       White’s hiring marks the first time the Fever has hired an assistant coach with pro playing experience. White will be re-united with Fever Head Coach Lin Dunn, the former Purdue coach who recruited White to the West Lafayette campus. White will share assistant coaching duties with Gary Kloppenburg who begins his fourth year with the Fever.

       Most recently, she spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Chicago Sky after previous stints as a college assistant at Ball State, Kansas State and Toledo. White also has parlayed her playing and coaching into a broadcasting career with the Big Ten Network and ESPN. She appears regularly on BTN’s women’s basketball studio show and provides game analysis for both networks.

       “I am very pleased to have Stephanie back with our franchise,” said Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf, who executed a 1999 trade for White prior to the team’s inaugural season. “I think she is one of the brightest young coaches in women's basketball. I knew that her high basketball IQ would transfer into coaching from her playing career. She will be a terrific addition to our staff.”

       Added White, "I am so excited to be returning home to the Indiana Fever! It is such a wonderful opportunity to be reunited with not only one of the greatest minds in the game, but also one of the greatest people, in Lin Dunn.  I look forward to working with her and learning from her on a day to day basis. I also want to thank Lin and Kelly for allowing me to be a part of such a special franchise. I look forward to working with the team and continuing our quest for a WNBA Championship."

       “Stephanie joins our staff as someone who is more than just a coach,” said Dunn. “What makes her so very valuable is that she’s not only had college and pro coaching experience, but she’s a former player. She has been a winner all her life and she will make a very immediate and positive impact on our franchise. I am sure our Fever fans will be excited to welcome her back into the Fever family!”

       After leading Purdue to a national championship in 1999 and being drafted by the Charlotte Sting, White was eventually acquired by the Fever in a draft-day trade in December 1999 to lead her hometown team into its first season of existence. A former Indiana Miss Basketball and a Purdue All-American, White played four pro seasons with the Fever. She was a teammate of current Fever stars Tamika Catchings and Ebony Hoffman.

       She played five pro seasons between 1999-2004, capping her career with the Fever for whom she was annually one of the club’s top playmakers, 3-point artists and free throw shooters. She still ranks prominently among franchise leaders in games played, minutes, 3-pointers, assists, steals, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage. Her 93 percent free throw shooting in 2003 remains a Fever record.

       White’s legacy as a prep and college star made her one of the state’s most popular figures even before she donned a Fever uniform. Beginning with a prep career at nearby Seeger Memorial High School, White set early standards for basketball excellence while becoming an Indiana icon. She averaged 36.9 points and 13.1 rebounds per game while being named the 1995 national high school player of the year. She led Seeger to a 92-7 record over four seasons and finished her prep career with an Indiana record 2,869 points.

       She took her game to Purdue and averaged double-figure scoring for the Boilermakers in four straight seasons. As a senior she averaged 20.2 points and 4.5 assists per game while earning the 1999 Wade Trophy as the national college player of the year. She led Purdue to its first NCAA title and finished second in school history in points and assists. She has since been inducted into the Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame.