Candi Whitaker
Candi  Whitaker

Canyon, Texas

High School:
Texas Tech, '02; Valparaiso, '04

Last College:
Texas Tech, '02; Valparaiso, '04

Head Coach

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


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