April 17, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif.- Jaime White was formally introduced at a press conference inside the Save Mart Center late Thursday afternoon as the 10th head coach in Fresno State women's basketball history.
White inherits a program rich in tradition and that along with the opportunity to move back to the Mountain West - she was previously an assistant coach in the league at Utah (2001-03) and Wyoming (2003-06) - were some of the main draws for her to this job.
"It's exciting and having seven championships tells you that you can win," White said. "I guess you can look at it two ways, it can be a challenge or it can be positive and I look at it the positive way. I think having the experience of winning that tournament championship is an important experience, so I think you are close to winning in the NCAA's versus a team that has maybe come from that bottom and doesn't have that experience.
"I'm excited to see what we can do to foster that and get those wins in the NCAA's."
White was on campus for the first time Thursday, meeting with department staff and members of the team before being formally introduced at the press conference. Her day concluded with a reception in the Save Mart Center with boosters and fans.
Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh came away very impressed with White's past both in building programs, her solid reputation as a recruiter and her vision for the program.
"She knows how to build programs, knows how to take the next steps and she brought great enthusiasm to the process," Boeh said. "She can recruit, she knows the game and she knows how to build programs.
"This position is considered a very good job, which helped us in this process," Boeh added. "People see that we can win and they see the level of commitment we have to the program here at Fresno State, the support of program, the fan enthusiasm, everything that comes together- facilities, media, all of it."
One thing that the players took away from their first meeting with their coach was her philosophy.
"She wants to continue the success, which is very important for us to have a winning program and we want to keep it that way," forward Alex Sheedy said. "I really liked her, I'm really glad that she has plans to improve the program in every aspect and she really understands the student-athletes life, that's really important."
Over the course of the interviewing process and in the one day since White was named head coach, she has already begun evaluating and getting to know her team.
"I'm excited about this team," White said. "I've watched a lot of film and it's exciting to see what we already have and what we can add to it. You have some great players, you have some great size and I think the biggest thing for me is you want to challenge the girls, but also use their strengths.
"That's going to be the formula. It's not going to change much from my philosophy where we're motion based and man-to-man based, but it's simple to change little things to fit their strengths."
White came to Fresno State after eight seasons as head coach at Northern Colorado where she led the Bears into postseason play in three of her final four years there.
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