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Stephanie White a finalist for Phoenix Mercury head coaching job

Stephanie White served as head coach of the Vanderbilt women's basketball team for five seasons. (Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Stephanie White is among the finalists for the Phoenix Mercury head coaching position, sources tell Just Women’s Sports. The veteran coach interviewed with the team in person late last week.

As a player at Purdue from 1995-99, White won a national championship as a senior under legendary coach Carolyn Peck. The Charlotte Sting drafted the guard/forward 21st overall in the 1999 WNBA Draft, and the Indiana Fever acquired her a year later as part of the expansion draft. White retired from the WNBA after five seasons and launched her coaching career as an assistant with Ball State University, Kansas and the University of Toledo.

White returned to the WNBA as an assistant coach with the Chicago Sky from 2007-10 and the Indiana Fever from 2011-14, helping guide the Fever to their first championship in 2012. White took over as head coach of the Fever in 2015 following Linn Dunn’s retirement. In her first season at the helm, she led the Fever to a 20-14 record and their third Finals appearance in franchise history.

Following the 2016 WNBA season, White was named head coach of the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team. Vanderbilt parted ways with the coach in April 2021 after she went 46-83 in five seasons, with the 2020-21 season shortened due to COVID-19.

In addition to nearly 20 years of coaching experience, White has also served as a college basketball analyst for ESPN and the Big Ten Network and is well-known for her exceptional analysis. We listed her as one of our 12 leading candidates for WNBA head coaching positions in December.

The Mercury have been actively searching for a head coach since parting ways with Sandy Brondello on Dec. 6. The New York Liberty named Brondello as their head coach last week.

Rachel Galligan is a basketball analyst at Just Women’s Sports. A former professional basketball player and collegiate coach, she also contributes to Winsidr. Follow Rachel on Twitter @RachGall.