Connecticut Sun hires Stephanie White as the franchise’s sixth head coach

The Connecticut Sun has named Stephanie White as the new head coach, the team announced Monday. White replaces longtime coach and general manager Curt Miller, who surprisingly took over as head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks earlier this offseason.

“Stephanie White is the right coach at the right time for our organization,” said Sun President Jen Rizzotti in a press release. “She is a proven winner who understands the high expectations we have within the Connecticut Sun organization and our fan base. She’s been part of championships both as a player and as a coach and that’s the mentality I wanted to add. I’m looking forward to our players who will be under their guidance and I look forward to supporting them and welcoming them back to the WNBA.”

White began her WNBA career as a player and spent six seasons in the league with the late Charlotte Sting and Indiana Fever. After her playing days, she began training, first at the college level before joining Chicago Sky as an assistant. She later returned to Fever as an assistant before becoming their head coach in 2015. She led the Fever to the Finals in 2015, where they lost to the Minnesota Lynx, and back to the playoffs in 2016. After those two seasons with the fever, she returned to the NCAA and took a job as Vanderbilt’s head coach, which she held until 2021.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Connecticut Sun family,” said White. “I have admired the organization from afar since its inception and look forward to building on the strong foundation that has been laid. I want to thank Jen Rizzotti, Kevin Lowry and the Mohegan Tribal Council for this opportunity and look forward to working with a tremendous group of women toward the ultimate goal of winning a WNBA championship.”

White will take on a veteran squad that lost in four games to the Las Vegas Aces in last season’s Finals. With the core of the team – Jonquel Jones, Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner – all signed on for next season, The Sun looks set to compete again and perhaps win the first championship in franchise history.

The Sun have made six straight playoff appearances and have reached at least the semifinals in each of the last four seasons. They’ve reached the finals twice, in 2019 and 2022, but they don’t have a trophy to show for all that work. Will white be the coach to get them over the hill?