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Candace Whitaker Named Texas Tech Women's Basketball Coach

Texas Tech has made its decision to name Oklahoma St. associate head coach and former Lady Raider, Candace Whitaker, as Texas Tech's next head coach.

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Texas Tech made the announcement yesterday morning with a press release and a press conference is to follow, which is today Wednesday at 11:00 am at the United Spirit Arena. Here is athletic director Kirby Hocutt on the hire:

"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 Lady Raider Basketball into the future."

And former Lady Raider head coach Marsha Sharp:

"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."

Whitaker is a former Lady Raider, playing for Sharp from 2000 through 2002. Whitaker bounced around a bit as an assistant coach before becoming the head coach at UMKC where she helped turn that program around.

This article from the LAJ recaps the press release and here is her resume. I thought this was the best article that talked with her coaching colleagues about Whitaker and here is her most recent boss, Oklahoma St. head coach Jim Littell:

"First of all, she relates very well to young people. She’s a tireless worker. She’s an excellent recruiter that helped us to the number 15 national-ranking recruiting class, and she’s an exceptional coach on the floor. I think Texas Tech got the full package as far as it’s concerned, and she’s going to be very successful there."

As mentioned more than a handful of times, this now means that the four major sports and their head coaches have been replaced almost within a calendar year, football, baseball, men's basketball and women's basketball. Hocutt has certainly put his stamp on the athletic program.

Consider this your open thread for the 11:00 am press conference.