LUBBOCK, Texas —
Candace Whitaker, a two-year letterwinner at Texas Tech University and the point guard for a pair of Sweet 16 teams, returns to her alma mater to become the sixth head coach in Lady Raider basketball history.
Texas Tech will hold a news conference to formally introduce Coach Whitaker at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, in the City Bank Room at United Spirit Arena.
“I am excited to welcome Candi back to Texas Tech,” Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt stated. “It is indeed special to have a former student-athlete return to lead a program that they were a significant part of. Her leadership characteristics as a starting point guard and coach, her ties to West Texas, her experience as a Division I head coach, as well as the fact that she is a Red Raider makes her the perfect fit to lead the Lady Raider Basketball into the future.”
Whitaker comes home to Texas Tech after spending last season as the associate head coach at Oklahoma State under Jim Littell. Prior to her time in Stillwater, she served as head coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for six seasons (2006-2012).
Whitaker’s move to the Big 12 Conference and Oklahoma State was preceded by a five-year tenure in Kansas City where she became the school’s second-winningest head coach.
“I think Candi Whitaker is a great fit for Texas Tech and Texas Tech is a great fit for her,” former Lady Raider Head Coach and Hall of Famer Marsha Sharp said. “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.”
In 2011-12, she guided the `Roos to one of the most successful seasons in school history, finishing with a 22-12 record. UMKC advanced to the Summit League Tournament title game for the first time since 2005. Whitaker’s squad capped the campaign with the program’s first-ever appearance in the WNIT.