White talks about her coaching philosophy, being back in the Mountain West and more in this Q&A
White was introduced as Fresno State's 10th head coach of the women's basketball program on Thursday
White is the all-time winningest coach in Northern Colorado history
Fresno State Welcomes Jaime White
Last updated on April 16, 2014
Jaime White was hired on April 16, 2014 to be the 10th head coach in the history of the Fresno State women's basketball program.
White comes to Fresno State after eight seasons as the head coach at Northern Colorado, where in her time in Greeley she built the Bears from the ground up into a team that made postseason play in three out of the last four years.
She was the 2010-11 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year and is the winningest head coach in Northern Colorado history. After helping NC transition from Division II to Division I, White led Northern Colorado to a 72-54 record in her last four seasons and tallied 117 wins overall.
At Northern Colorado, White was able to guide the Bears back into the postseason by turning her squad into a perennial contender in the Big Sky Conference. In her eight seasons, she led teams to a total of four appearances in the Big Sky Championships, including three of the last four.
After sharing the 2010-11 Big Sky regular season championship, Northern Colorado advanced to its first-ever NCAA Division I postseason appearance when it participated in the Women's Basketball Invitation. The following two seasons, White led NC into the WNIT, which was highlighted by the Bears' first-round victory over Wyoming in 2012 - the programs first-ever Division I postseason win.
A total of 15 players garnered All-Big Sky accolades and 43 were All-Academic team members during her tenure at Northern Colorado.
White has prior experience coaching in the Mountain West from her days as an assistant at Utah (2001-03) and Wyoming (2003-06).
In her second season at Utah, she helped guide the Utes to the Mountain West regular season championship and into the NCAA Tournament second round. Utah finished that season with a 24-7 overall record.
In her three seasons at Wyoming, White helped the Cowgirls win their first conference tournament game in 12 years (2004) and to a first-round WNIT victory over Oregon State (2006). That 2006 Cowgirl team finished the season with a 21-9 overall record.
White also has previous head coaching experience from her days at the junior college ranks, when she coached Snow Junior College from 1996-01. In five years, she led the Badgers to a 107-50 record and back-to-back Scenic West Athletic Conference Championships in 1999-00 and 2000-01. In 2000, the Badgers finished with a 27-6 record and a final ranking of No. 13. In 2001, Snow tallied a 30-3 record and was ranked 12th in the final poll.
For her efforts, White was named the 2000 Scenic West Coach of the Year and the Snow College Coach of the Year. Every year during her tenure at Snow, the Badger teams improved their win total. In addition to the team's success on the court, the Badgers were the Academic Team of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
White was born and raised in her early childhood in Lancaster, Calif. before moving to Kanab, Utah. She graduated from Utah Valley Community College in 1989 where she played for coach Tom Perkins. At Utah Valley, she was named a Kodak All-American after she led her team to a final 16 appearance.
After Utah Valley, White continued her education at Kansas State before completing her basketball career and education at Southern Utah in 1994. White received her bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in physical education, in addition to a secondary teaching certificate from Southern Utah. White also earned her master's degree in instructional technology from Utah State.
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