Vanderbilt women’s basketball hires WNBA coach Stephanie White

The Vanderbilt women’s basketball program has made a big hire, announcing Stephanie White of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever has accepted the head coaching job for the Commodores.

However, White will not be joining the program immediately.

White recently began the 2016 WNBA season earlier this month and she will coach out the season before leaving for Vanderbilt. Last season in her first year coaching the Fever, she became the first rookie coach in WNBA history to lead a team to the finals.

“She wants to coach at Vanderbilt, and we believe she is just the person to lead our program back into national prominence,” athletic director David Williams said in a statement.

White has some big shoes to fill as she replaces Melanie Balcomb, who resigned on April 27 with an impiressive 310-149 record over 14 seasons. White is ready for the challenge ahead.

“The combination of Vanderbilt’s culture, where achievement — both on and off the court — is so highly valued, together with the institution’s fan support, and a legacy of winning basketball to build upon, is incredibly exciting to me,” White said. “I appreciate the support and understanding that I have received from the Indiana Fever, from management to the players, regarding my passion to coach college basketball at an elite institution.”

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