Head coach Candi Whitaker begins her second season at Texas Tech.
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Head coach Candi Whitaker enters her third season at the helm of the Lady Raider basketball program.
Became the sixth women's basketball head coach at Tech on May 20, 2013.
First former Lady Raider to become the women's basketball head coach.
Won her first game as the women's basketball head coach on Nov. 10, 2013.
Led the 2014-15 Lady Raiders to a nine-win increase overall from the 2013-14 season, and a five-win jump in conference play. Not only that, but six additional games were within reach in the final minutes, bringing even more confidence to the 2015-16 squad.
Led 2013-14 team with five Academic All-Big 12 selections and All-Big 12 Second Team guard Amber Battle.
Spent 2012-13 season as associate head coach at Oklahoma State under Jim Littell and helped the Cowgirls reach the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
Became one of the youngest head coaches in women's basketball at 26 when she took over the program at UMKC in 2006 after two years as an assistant coach.
Won 83 games at UMKC to become the second-winningest head coach in program history while leading the Roos to their first two postseason appearances in the 2010 WBI and 2012 WNIT.
UMKC went 22-12 in Whitaker's last season at the helm and advanced to the Summitt League Tournament Championship for the first time since 2005.
Had a 100 percent graduation rate from all players who completed their four-year eligibility at UMKC.
Whitaker had 36 Academic All-Conference Selections at UMKC.
As a player, Whitaker (then known as Candi White) helped lead Texas Tech to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament from 2000-02.
The Lady Raiders won 45 games over her two seasons as the point guard for legendary head coach Marsha Sharp and rose as high as No. 7 in the national polls.
Started and played in all 64 games over two seasons while tallying 232 points and 249 assists with 87 steals.
Was selected to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team in 2002.
Played two seasons (1998-2000) at Seward County Community College where she averaged 10.2 points and 10.8 assists and was named an Honorable Mention NJCAA All-American and Distinguished Academic All-American while going 67-5 in that time.
Led the Lady Saints to a No. 1 ranking in 2000 while leading the nation in assists with 354.
Holds the career assists record at Seward County with 577 and is third all-time with 225 steals.
Holds the top three single-game records for assists with 16 (twice), 15 (three times) and 14 (four times) at Seward County.
Graduated from Texas Tech in 2002 with a degree in Exercise Sports Science and earned her Masters degree in Sports Administration at Valparaiso in 2004.
Married husband, Matt Whitaker, in April 2007. They have two sons, Westin and Will.
"I think Candi Whitaker is a great fit for Texas Tech and Texas Tech is a great fit for her. Candi's 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."
- Hall of Fame Head Coach Marsha Sharp