Vanderbilt parts ways with head women's basketball coach Stephanie White
Vanderbilt has decided to part ways with head women’s basketball coach Stephanie White. The school’s athletic department released a statement on Tuesday.
White was the head coach at Vanderbilt for five seasons. A national search will begin to find the next leader of the women’s basketball program in Nashville.
“I want to thanks Stephanie for her efforts over these past five years,” said athletics director Candice Lee. “While we did not experience the results that we all hoped for, she held our student-athletes to high standards. She supported our student-athletes’ commitment to community service and welcomed alumni back to the program.
“I also want to thank Stephanie, her staff and our student-athletes for navigating the challenges of the past year. As I continued my evaluation of the program, I ultimately concluded that change is needed at this time. I wish Stephanie and her family the best.”
Vanderbilt only played eight games during the 2020-21 season because of COVID-19 concerns, injuries and issues with depth. The Commodores ended the year with a 4-4 record.
In five seasons under White, Vanderbilt was 46-83 with a 13-54 mark in SEC play. The Commodores did not finish above .500.
White is a former Purdue basketball star who played on the Boilermakers’ 1998-99 national championship team.