Lance White was introduced as the ninth head coach of Pitt women’s basketball in program history Thursday, April 19, 2018.
White comes to Pitt after spending the past 15 years at Florida State, where he helped the Seminoles to a 350-145 (.707) record, including 12 seasons with 20 or more wins.
During his final season at Florida State (2017-18), the Seminoles posted 25 or more wins for the fourth consecutive season, finishing with a 26-7 overall record and averaged the second-most points in a season in program history with 81.0 points per game. It was just the second time FSU averaged 80 or more points per game in a season. The team ranked in the Top 20 nationally in field goal percentage (20th), offensive rebounds per game (16th), rebound margin (sixth), rebounds per game (11th), scoring margin (10th) and scoring offense (13th). The Seminoles led the ACC in rebounding offense (42.8), rebounding margin (+10.0) and offensive rebounding percentage (41.4 percent).
Since White’s arrival at FSU, 10 players were selected in the WNBA Draft, eight earned ACC All-Defensive team honors and 37 earned all-conference awards. He helped the Florida State reach the NCAA Tournament in 13 of the past 14 years, while the team won at least one NCAA Tournament game in its past 15 appearances.
For his standout coaching efforts during the 2016-17 season, White was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Considered by Florida State head coach Sue Semrau to be one of the rising stars of the coaching profession when she hired him in 2003, White helped FSU reach new levels of success and brought an infectious energy to the program. He directed the Seminole defense and offense during his tenure in addition to being one of the country’s top recruiters.
Florida State captured back-to-back regular season ACC co-titles in 2010 and 2011, and advanced to the 2010 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. After serving as assistant coach for the first nine seasons in Tallahassee, White was promoted to associate head coach in advance of the 2012-13 campaign.
White came to Florida State from Texas Tech where he spent 11 seasons, including five years as an assistant coach with the Lady Raiders’ top-10 program under legendary head coach Marsha Sharp. With White on staff, Texas Tech won three Big 12 championships and advanced to seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including five Sweet 16 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 in 1998.
While in Lubbock, White worked with some of the best players the game has ever seen, including National Player of the Year and three-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes as well as Plenette Pierson, who was named 2007 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year.
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 1998. He attended Lubbock Christian University for three semesters before transferring to Texas Tech in January 1993.
As a high school athlete in Spur, he was a three-time All-District selection, two-time All-Region, and two-time 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. In addition to his football and basketball accolades, he was listed in the Spalding Top 100 tennis players in 1991.
He is married to the former Melanie Smith. The Whites are the proud parents of Quentin and Vivian.