College - Ouachita Baptist '79
San Antonio Silver Stars Head Coach Candi Harvey comes to San Antonio after spending the past two seasons as head coach of the Utah Starzz. She will be responsible for preparing San Antonio’s newest team to begin play for their inaugural season in the SBC Center in 2003.
Harvey joined the Utah Starzz in 1999 as an assistant coach before taking over as head coach midway through the 2001 season. After assuming the head coaching duties, Harvey led the Starzz to a 14-5 record and helped Utah finish with a 19-13 record. The Starzz also made their first ever playoff appearance before bowing out to the Sacramento Monarchs in the first round. During the 2002 season - her first full season with Utah - Harvey led the Starzz to a franchise best 20-13 record and to the Western Conference Finals before being eliminated by the eventual WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks.
Harvey is no stranger to basketball in the Lone Star State. After serving one season as a graduate assistant with the Arkansas State Lady Indians basketball team in 1979, Harvey took on her first head coaching position at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas. In her first season at Robert E. Lee, Harvey led the Lady Red Raiders to the first winning season in school history and made the state playoffs.
After four seasons at the high school level Harvey made the jump to the college ranks in 1984 accepting an assistant coach position at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. While at Stephen F. Austin, Harvey helped lead the Lady Jacks to four NCAA appearances, including the 1989 West Regional Finals.
In 1990, Harvey was named the head coach at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the 1993-94 season, she led the Green Wave to a 17-14 record and to their first ever postseason appearance in the National Women’s Invitational Tournament (NWIT). In her four years at Tulane, Harvey posted a 46-68 record.
Harvey made her return to Texas in 1994 accepting the head coaching job at Texas A&M University. In her first season at Texas A&M, Harvey led the Lady Aggies to a 21-9 record and their first NWIT Championship in school history. The following year Harvey guided the Lady Aggies to 20-12 record while capturing the Southwest Conference Championship and earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament. In her four years at Texas A&M, Harvey finished with a 59-58 record.
In 1998, Harvey took another step in her coaching career as she made the jump to professional women’s basketball taking the head coaching position with the Nashville Noise of the American Basketball League (ABL). On December 20, just 15 games into the season, the ABL closed its doors. From there Harvey moved to the WNBA, being named an assistant with the Starzz.
Harvey played four years collegiate basketball at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.