June 26, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau has announced that Lance White will join her staff as an assistant coach for the Seminoles. White comes to Florida State from Texas Tech where he spent the past 10 seasons, including seven years as an assistant coach, with the Lady Raiders’ top 10 program. He replaces Scott Stoehr who left FSU to become the recruiting coordinator at North Texas.
“I am thrilled with the addition of Lance White to our women’s basketball staff,” Semrau said. “He brings years of collegiate experience from one of the top programs in the country. With his enthusiasm and expertise, I believe we are bringing on board one of the rising stars of our profession.”
An energetic coach, White had a wide variety of duties while at Texas Tech. Some of White’s responsibilities included instructing pre- and postseason individual workouts, preparing scouting reports, perimeter and post player development and all aspects of recruiting, including mail correspondence and recruiting visits. Throughout the school year, White also served as the academic liaison for the women’s basketball team, directing study hall and monitoring academic progress while also handling player relations.
White enjoyed great success during his time at Texas Tech. Over the past seven years, Texas Tech has won three Big XII championships and advanced to seven straight NCAA Tournaments, including five Sweet Sixteen and two Elite Eight appearances. He was a student assistant on Tech’s 1993 National Championship team and a graduate assistant coach for two seasons before being elevated to a full-time coach.
During the summer months, White was active in the organization and execution of the summer basketball camps. He also coached the AAU Lubbock Lady Bulls who advanced to the National Tournament in Ogden, Utah in 1994 and in 1996, was again an AAU coach for the Lady Cardinal team.
White was the co-director of the annual Wyatt/White Basketball Camp in Spur, Tex., in 1995-96. He oversaw a varsity camp, a day camp and a mini camp designed especially for kindergarten through third graders.
A 1996 graduate of Texas Tech, White earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in Sports Administration in August of 1998. He attended Lubbock Christian University for three semesters before transferring to Tech in January of 1993. As a high school athlete in Spur, he was a three-time All-District selection, twice All-Region, and twice third team all-state choice in basketball. His high school basketball and football teams advanced to the regional round both his junior and senior years. As a basketball player, he was listed in the Spalding Top 100 basketball players in 1991.
White is an NCAA certified recruiter and member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. He is married to the former Melanie Smith, who will be teaching at Tallahassee Community College in the fall.