Jaime White | Head Coach
Jaime White enters her fourth season as the head coach of the Fresno State women's basketball program. In her first two seasons, White guided the 'Dogs to 20-win seasons, two postseason appearances and two appearances in the Mountain West tournament championship game.
Through an up-and-down 2016-17 season in which the 'Dogs finished 18-15, White's team came together late in the season to propel it to a run of three wins in three days at the MW Tournament to reach its second-straight championship game. Along the way, the Bulldogs became the first No. 7 seed to defeat a No. 2 seed, and the lowest seed to reach the championship game in tournament history.
The Bulldogs were led by two-time MW Defensive Player of the Year, Bego Faz Davalos, and a breakout season from sophomore guard Candice White who earned All-MW honorable mention honors. Faz Davalos ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA in seven stat categories while breaking multiple season and career records at Fresno State and in the Mountain West. White ranked 15th in the NCAA in free-throw percentage and 37th in 3-point percentage. The sophomore's 87.7 percent from the free-throw line set the Fresno State single-season record while also moving into the top 10 in points in a season, 3's made in a season and career 3-point percentage.
White's 2016 squad went 22-12 overall and reached the second round of the WNIT with a 59-53 win over Santa Clara. It was the second consecutive season with a postseason victory for the Bulldogs, a first in the program's history.
A year after turning Fresno State into one of the top defensive teams in the Mountain West, White's defensive brand of basketball set a program low for opponent field-goal percentage (.371) and allowed 59.4 points per game, the team's lowest since 2006 and the third lowest in program history. A big piece to that was the shot blocking of Bego Faz Davalos who was named MW Defensive Player of the Year after leading the NCAA with 136 blocked shots.
Faz Davalos also garnered postseason All-MW honors along with Toni Smith who earned honorable mention accolades and Breanne Knishka who was selected to the MW All-Freshmen Team.
In her first season, White guided the ‘Dogs to their seventh consecutive season of 20 or more wins (23) and to the postseason for the eighth consecutive year, reaching the second round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The team’s 79-73 win over San Francisco at the Save Mart Center in the first round of the WNIT was the program’s first postseason win since 2006.
During the middle of the season, White’s group recorded the second-longest win streak in Fresno State’s history at 13 games, an unbeaten stretch that lasted nearly two months. The final win of that streak gave the ‘Dogs a 17-3 record to open the season, a mark that ranks as the best 20-game start in school history.
It took White little time to put her stamp on the Bulldogs’ defense as her squad was the only team in the conference to finish in the top two in the Mountain West in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, 3-point percentage defense, blocks and steals during the conference season. The ‘Dogs led the MW in scoring defense (55.8 ppg), 3-point defense (.259), block shots (5.7 bpg) and steals (12.3 spg).
Under White’s tutelage, a trio of Bulldogs garnered a total of five postseason conference honors, with Alex Sheedy highlighting the group after being named Co-Player of the Year. Sheedy was subsequently also selected to the All-MW team. Fellow senior Raven Fox earned Sixth Player of the Year and was named to the All-Defensive Team. After breaking three conference records for blocked shots, Bego Faz Davalos earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team.
White was hired on April 16, 2014 to be the 10th head coach in the history of the Fresno State women's basketball program, coming to the central valley 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.
White's teams showed continual improvement, increasing their win total in four of the past five seasons and included in that was 20-win campaigns in 2011-12 and 2012-13. The Bears only had two 20-win seasons in the first 32 years of program history before White took over in 2006-07. Her 2012-13 team finished the campaign with a 21-13 overall record, tying the school record for wins in a season. 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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