Women's Basketball Looks to Slip Past Teams as a Conference Sleeper
Roxanne White joined the Marshall University women's basketball staff in the spring of 2001 when Royce Chadwick assumed the reins of the Thundering Herd. In the fall of 2002, Chadwick named White the associate head coach to go along with her role as recruiting coordinator.
The agile Herd guards have thrived under White, as evident by the numbers alone. Sikeetha Shepard-Hall, a White recruit from Texas, finished her illustrious career last season as Marshall's third all-time leading scorer with over 1,600 points. One of Marshall's all-time greats, Shepard-Hall ranks in the school's top-10 in several categories including No. 1 in 3-pointers made and attempted. Shepard-Hall was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team after ranking sixth in the league in scoring last season, making it all four years of her career that she was named to an all-conference team.
Her success was evident in 2007-08 as guards Casey Baker and Kizzy Hart shined for the Herd. Baker, a member of the C-USA All-Defensive Team, led the conference in steals while finishing in the top ten in C-USA in assists and assist/turnover ratio. Hart led MU in scoring while ranking in the top ten in the conference. Both were recognized as C-USA Players of the Week in December of 2007.
White has also helped make the transition to Division I basketball for junior college players unproblematic, as several transfers such as Reshundra Smiley and Bridget Chacon have seen immediate success in the Marshall system. Smiley nailed 42 3-pointers last season, fifth-most in one season at Marshall, while Chacon ranked in the top-10 in C-USA in assists, steals and assist/turnover ratio.
In her first two seasons as Marshall's recruiting coordinator, White helped land back-to-back top-50 recruiting classes, according to the Blue Star Report and All-Star Girls Report, two prominent women's hoops publications. Her history of effective recruiting practices can be drawn as far back as her early coaching days with Stephen F. Austin, as the Blue Star Report honored her efforts with the number 17-ranked recruiting class in 1998, the number 22-ranked class in 1999 and the aforementioned top-50 class in 2003.
White's experience with recruiting is extensive, as are the number of blue-chip prospects signed under her watch. She signed the MVP of the NJCAA Tournament in 2000 and two NJCAA Kodak All-Americans in 1998 and 2000, respectively. In her first signing period at Marshall, White inked Ida Dotson, a two-time NJCAA Kodak All-American and a 2002-03 preseason all-MAC East selection. The signing of Shepard-Hall, an All-MAC Freshman Team honoree in 2003 and a second team All-MAC selection last year, helped solidify White's commitment to excellence at Marshall.
White spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin, where she worked as the recruiting, academic and summer camp coordinator for the Ladyjacks. During her tenure at SFA, White helped sign two nationally-ranked recruiting classes and coached two Southland Conference Players of the Year. At SFA, White signed the 17th- and 22nd-ranked recruiting classes, according to the Blue Star Report. The Ladyjacks were ranked in the AP and USA Today Top-25 in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000, while making the NCAA Tournament in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
During the 1995-96 season, White served as an administrative assistant for the women's basketball program at Texas A&M. Her duties included public relations, marketing and travel coordination for the Aggies. She served as a restricted earnings coach under Chadwick during his first season at SFA (1994-95).
White excelled as a point guard at SFA from 1991 to 1994. During her career she helped the Ladyjacks to four NCAA Tournament appearances (including two Sweet 16 berths), won four Southland Conference regular season and tournament championships and helped SFA compile a four-year record of 105-20.
White's large family includes her father, Ramel, her mother, Josephine, sisters Ramona and Janet as well as brothers Jason, Brian and Chester.
A native of Zwolle, La., White earned a B.A. in communications from Stephen F. Austin in 1994 and a master's degree in secondary education with an emphasis in communications from SFA in 2000.