Stephanie White Takes New Position at Toledo
TOLEDO, OHIO -- University of Toledo women's basketball coach Mark Ehlen has announced the hiring of Stephanie White as an assistant coach. White comes to Toledo after serving one season each as an assistant coach at both Kansas State (2004-05) and Ball State (2003-04).
"Stephanie is a winner and she's proven it at every level of the game, from high school to the WNBA," Ehlen said. "She's one of the top guards to have ever played the game, and she is destined for greatness in the coaching ranks as well. Stephanie is an outstanding addition to our program, and our players will benefit greatly by having her on our staff."
"I'm really excited to become a part of a program that has a tremendous tradition of success and great fan support," White said. "I've known Mark all the way back to when I was a camper at Purdue, and I'm going to do all I can to help the program get back to the top of the MAC and in the hunt for championships every season."
A 1999 Purdue graduate, White was honored as the Wade Trophy National Player of the Year after leading the Boilermakers to their first national title in 1999. She was a Kodak All-American, Honda Women's Basketball Award recipient, Indiana NCAA Women of the Year, Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and Naismith Player of the Year finalist as a senior in 1999 after averaging 20.2 points and 4.5 assists per game. The two-time first-team all-conference selection also garnered first-team All-America accolades in 1998 and finished as the Boilermakers' No. 2 career scorer with 2,182 points. She also collected Academic All-America honors in 1998 and 1999 and was named Academic All-American of the Year in 1999.
White, 28, enjoyed a five-year career in the WNBA before retiring due to injuries. She missed all of the 2002 season after surgery on her left ankle and right knee. She tore a ligament in her left knee in 2003 and was limited to just 12 starts in 2004 because of knee and back trouble. She ranked third in Indiana Fever history in games played (112) and three-point field goals (92), fourth in scoring (684) and averaged 5.9 points and 2.0 assists per game during her career.
A West Lebanon, IN native, White also has served as an assistant coach on the high school level, spending one season each at Lafayette Jefferson and Logansport high schools. She played her prep career at Seeger Memorial High School. She was the consensus 1995 National Player of the Year by Gatorade, Parade and USA Today as a senior after averaging 36.9 points, 13.1 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 7.0 steals per game.
The 1995 WBCA High School All-American poured in the second-most points in a single season in state history with 886 as a senior to garner the coveted Indiana Miss Basketball award. Rated as the top player in the country in 1995, White accumulated a then-state record 2,869 points during her prep career, while leading Seeger to a 92-7 overall record and earning All-America recognition all four years.
White replaces Tandy Bradford on UT's coaching staff following Bradford's departure in April to take an administrative position at Georgia Tech.