Stephanie White

American basketball player

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Stephanie White
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Personal information
Born (1977-06-20) June 20, 1977 (age 44)
Danville, Illinois
Listed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight155 lb (70 kg)
Career information
High schoolSeeger (West Lebanon, Indiana)
CollegePurdue (1995–1999)
WNBA draft1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Charlotte Sting
Playing career1999–2003
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Coaching career2004–present
Career history
As player:
1999Charlotte Sting
20002004Indiana Fever
As coach:
2003–2004Ball State (assistant)
2004–2005Kansas State (assistant)
2005–2007Toledo (assistant)
20072010Chicago Sky (assistant)
20112014Indiana Fever (assistant)
20152016Indiana Fever
Career highlights and awards
As head coach:

As assistant coach:

As player:

Women’s Basketball
Representing  United States
Jones Cup
Silver medal – second place 1997 Taipei Team Competition

Stephanie Joanne White (formerly Stephanie White-McCarty; born June 20, 1977) is a former professional basketball player and was most recently the head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores women's basketball team.[1] Prior to Vanderbilt, she was the head coach of the Indiana Fever of the WNBA for the 2015 and 2016 season. As an intercollegiate athlete, she was named the winner of the Wade Trophy in 1999, which recognizes the top female basketball player in the nation.[2]

White was the 1995 Indiana Miss Basketball and was also named 1995 Gatorade National Player of the Year and the USA Today National Player of the Year. White attended Seeger High School in West Lebanon, Indiana, where she was named a High School All-American by the WBCA. She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game in 1995, scoring seventeen points, and earning MVP honors.[3][4] She led Purdue University to the 1999 NCAA Women's National Championship in basketball. She played five years in the WNBA, one with the Charlotte Sting and four with the Indiana Fever. She retired in 2004.

White joined the Chicago Sky as an assistant coach in 2007, spending four seasons there until she joined her college coach, Lin Dunn, as the first former WNBA player to serve as an assistant coach on the Fever staff. She was named head coach on September 23, 2014, making her the youngest active coach in the league.[5]


White attended Purdue University, where she was named National College Player of the Year, Indiana NCAA Woman of the Year, and Big Ten Conference Player of the Year on the way to leading Purdue to the NCAA National Championship in 1999.

Purdue statistics


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1995–96 Purdue 31 336 40.7% 37.3% 76.6% 4.3 4.5 2.0 0.4 10.8
1996–97 Purdue 28 460 43.5% 31.4% 78.4% 5.3 4.5 2.1 0.4 16.4
1997–98 Purdue 33 679 44.7% 32.4% 84.4% 6.1 4.8 2.4 0.5 20.6
1998–99 Purdue 35 707 46.8% 43.7% 79.5% 5.4 4.5 2.2 0.5 20.2
Career Purdue 127 2182 44.5% 36.5% 80.3% 5.3 4.6 2.2 0.4 17.2

USA Basketball

White competed with USA Basketball as a member of the 1997 Jones Cup Team that won the silver medal in Taipei. Several of the games were close, with the USA team winning four games by six points or fewer, including an overtime game in the semifinal match against Japan. The gold medal game against South Korea was also close, but the USA fell 76–71 to claim the silver medal for the event. White was the second leading scorer for the team, averaging 10.3 points per game.[7]

Awards and honors


White began her five-year WNBA career with the Charlotte Sting in 1999 under her married name, Stephanie White-McCarty. She was acquired a year later in an expansion draft by the Indiana Fever to lead the team's inaugural season roster. After four years with the Fever, she ranked third in games played (112) and three point field goals (92), and fourth in scoring (684). She averaged 5.9 points and 2.0 assists per game.

She retired from the WNBA in 2004, and went on to become the assistant coach at Ball State (2003–04), Kansas State (2004–05), and the University of Toledo (2005–06 and 2006–07), before going to the Chicago Sky. White was involved in all aspects of the basketball program, including recruiting, on-floor coaching, scouting, individual workouts and academic support.

Since 2007, White has also served as a college basketball analyst for ESPN and the Big Ten Network, including studio work and co-hosting the network's coverage of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.


After a four-year stint as an assistant, White took over the head coaching duties for the Indiana Fever following Lin Dunn's retirement. In her first season, she led the Fever to their second WNBA Finals appearance, losing the best-of-five series to Minnesota. Indiana went 20–14 overall in White's debut season. In her second season with the Fever, White finished the season with a 17–17 record and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Phoenix Mercury.

On May 23, 2016, White accepted the head coaching job for the Vanderbilt Commodores women's basketball team. She completed the 2016 season with the Fever finishing her time there with a 37–31 overall record and a 6–6 record in the postseason.

Through her first two seasons at Vanderbilt, White compiled a 21–40 overall record and went 7–25 against Southeastern Conference competition.[10]

Her fifth season at Vanderbilt was shortened in January 2021, due to COVID-19 concerns, injuries, and a depleted roster.[11] It would eventually be her final season with Vanderbilt, as the school parted ways with White on April 6, 2021.[12]

Head coaching record


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference) (2016–2021)
2016–17 Vanderbilt 14–16 4–12 13th
2017–18 Vanderbilt 7–24 3–13 T-11th
2018–19 Vanderbilt 7–23 2–14 14th
2019–20 Vanderbilt 14–16 4–12 T-12th
2020–21 Vanderbilt 4–4 0–3 14th
Vanderbilt: 46–83 (.357) 13–54 (.194)
Total: 46–83 (.357)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
IND 2015 34 20 14 .588 3rd in East 11 6 5 .545 Lost in WNBA Finals
IND 2016 34 17 17 .500 3rd in East 1 0 1 .000 Lost in First Round
Career 68 37 31 .544 12 6 6 .500

Personal life

She married Brent McCarty in 1998.[13] They divorced in 2002.[14]

White resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with her three young children.[15]


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  2. ^ "The Wade Trophy". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014.
  3. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014.
  4. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Team MVP's". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014.
  5. ^ "Page not found – – Official Site of the WNBA". – Official Site of the WNBA. Retrieved 2017-09-17. Cite uses generic title (help)
  6. ^ "Purdue Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  7. ^ "1997 Women's R. William Jones Cup". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ "PAST HONDA SPORTS AWARD WINNERS FOR BASKETBALL". THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Stephanie White Tabbed to IBHOF Silver Anniversary Team". Purdue University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  10. ^ "VUCommodores.Com".
  11. ^ Feinberg, Adam (January 18, 2021). "Vanderbilt women's basketball season discontinued over COVID-19, depleted roster". The Tennessean. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  12. ^ "Vanderbilt Parts Ways with Stephanie White". April 6, 2021. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  13. ^ Anderson, Kelli. "Homegrown Hoosier Hero Stephanie White-McCarty leads Purdue on a quest to win an NCAA title". Sports Illustrated Vault |
  14. ^ " WNBA - Fever's White makes healthy, happy return".
  15. ^ "Kravitz: Bevilaqua, White decry Indiana gay marriage ban". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
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