New Vandy women’s coach White wants fun, fans back in Memorial

By Tom Wood

For the Nashville Ledger

New Vanderbilt women’s basketball coach Stephanie White wants to field a team that mirrors what she’s all about.

vuhoops-coaches-bFans got a glimpse of that vision when her Commodores knocked off Duke 77-73 on Sunday to move to 3-1 on the year.

White hit the ground running – even before wrapping up her stint as coach of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever – and expects her team to do the same.

“On the court, we want to be a fast-paced team on both ends of the floor,” says White, the 1999 NCAA player of the year after leading Purdue to a national championship.

White was named as Melanie Balcomb’s replacement in late May, but she did not officially join the team until after the Fever’s final playoff loss on Sept. 21. She texted and Skyped frequently with associate coach Carolyn Peck, a former Vanderbilt star and White’s collegiate coach at Purdue, and visited Music City on weekends to make speaking engagements and get to know her players.

“We want to dictate what happens on the defensive end,’’ she explains. “Offensively, we want to push the tempo, we want to get great shots.

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