STILLWATER – Oklahoma State associate head coach Candace Whitaker has been named women’s basketball head coach at Texas Tech.
Whitaker, a former Tech player and grad, joined the Cowgirls for this past season. She had been head coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City before joining OSU, where she was reunited with Jim Littell, who she played for on the junior college level at Seward County.
A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. at United Spirit Arena to introduce Whitaker.
After playing for Littell, Whitaker went on to play for Lady Raiders legend Marsha Sharp in Lubbock. As Tech’s starting point guard, she helped lead the Lady Raiders to two Sweet 16 appearances.
“I think Candi Whitaker is a great fit for Texas Tech and Texas Tech is a great fit for her,” Sharp said in a statement released by the university. “Her basketball IQ and work ethic are incredible.
“She came out of one of the best high school programs in the country and was a great point guard at the collegiate level. She made moves early in her career that prepared her for this opportunity.”
Whitaker has risen quickly in the profession. She was named the head coach at UMKC at the age of 26 in 2007.
Whitaker was added to Littell’s staff before last season, filling the spot of Miranda Serna, who along with coach Kurt Budke died in a plane crash on a recruiting trip to Arkansas in November of 2011.
She filled in as the Cowgirls head coach at Iowa State this season when Littell was ill.