College - Purdue
Stephanie White is in her third season as an assistant coach for the Indiana Fever.
The 2012 WNBA title held special meaning for White who was one of the original Fever players in 2000 and a member of the Fever’s All-Decade Team announced in 2009. She has coached in the college and pro ranks since 2003. She retired from playing in the WNBA following the 2004 season.
White’s hiring in 2011 marked the first time the Fever has hired an assistant coach with pro playing experience. White was re-united with Fever Head Coach Lin Dunn, the former Purdue coach who recruited White to the West Lafayette campus.
Prior to joining the Fever, White 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 prominent 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.”
“Stephanie is 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.”
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 where she was a teammate of current Fever star Tamika Catchings.
She played five pro seasons between 1999-04, 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.
She recently gave birth to her first child, Landon Fletcher White, on Sept.. 27, 2011 – the morning of Game 3 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals.