Stephanie enters her third season at the helm of the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team in 2018-19. White was named the head coach of the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team in May of 2016, becoming just the fifth all-time head coach in the history of the Vanderbilt program.
When she arrived in Nashville prior to the 2016-17 season, White inherited a young Vanderbilt team that featured only two seniors and relied heavily on five freshmen. White guided the Commodores to a 14-16 overall record in her first season with the team, including a 4-12 mark in the SEC during the 2016-17 campaign.
White and the Vanderbilt squad played one of the nation’s toughest schedules in 2017-18 and with a team that featured 10 underclassmen struggled in White’s second season on West End. The 2017-18 season saw seniors Rachel Bell and Christa Reed join the 1,000-point club while freshman Chelsie Hall, who started each game of her rookie season, was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. Kaleigh Clemons-Green was also recognized on the SEC Community Service Team for her volunteer efforts.
True to history, the Commodores were one of the top offensive teams in the country in White’s second year. Vanderbilt ranked in the top 30 nationally in 3-pt field goal percentage (No. 17 -.365) and field goal percentage (No. 30-.450). Sophomore Cierra Walker also concluded her sophomore campaign ranked No. 17 nationally in 3-PT field goal percentage (.425).
White’s inaugural season on West End featured plenty of highlights, and was capped by a late-season surge that saw the Commodores win three of their final five games of the regular season.
Associate Head Coach
enters her third season on the Vanderbilt women’s basketball staff. Komara, a college teammate of head coach Stephanie White, joined White’s staff in June of 2016 from her alma mater, Purdue University where she worked with the guards.
White recently promoted Komara to the role of associate head coach.
Komara, who works with Vanderbilt’s guard’s, helped freshman guard Chelsie Hall to a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team. Hall averaged a team-best 11.9 points per game and started each game during her rookie season.
Leading a young crew of guards in 2016-17, the Commodore guards grew throughout the season, averaging 44.2 ppg as a unit, accounting for nearly 65 percent of Vanderbilt’s scoring. Upperclassmen Rachel Bell led the unit with a team-best 11.3 ppg but was helped by Vanderbilt’s younger guards, led by Erin Whalen who averaged 9.1 ppg.
A standout player at Purdue from 1998-2002, Komara and White were teammates on the 1999 Purdue team that captured the national championship. Purdue was coached that season by Carolyn Peck, who is now an associate coach on White's staff at Vanderbilt.
Prior to Purdue, Komara had a two-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Albany. While there, her duties included scheduling the team's games, serving as the team's strength, conditioning and nutrition liaison, working on scouting reports and assisting with recruiting and game preparation.
Komara has also worked at Valparaiso, Auburn and Northwestern in a variety of roles.
In 2002, she was drafted in the WNBA third round by the Indiana Fever and played professionally for the Grand Rapids Blizzards in the National Women's Basketball League.
Komara is one of seven players in Purdue history to have at least 1,000 points, 400 assists and 200 steals in their career. She was the most outstanding player for the 2001 NCAA Mideast Regional and earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002. A three-time All-Big Ten honoree, Komara was a first-team selection in 2002 and earned honorable mention recognition as a sophomore and junior. She was also granted the prestigious Mackey Award and Varsity Walk Award as a senior by the Purdue administration.
Komara is Purdue's all-time leader in single-season steals with 120 steals (in 2002) -- the third-most in Big Ten Conference history. She ranks No. 18 on Purdue's all-time scoring list (1,266 career points), No. 5 in career steals (297) and No. 11 in career assists (402).
Komara earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from Purdue University in 2002. She went on to receive her master's degree in higher education and sports management from Auburn in 2006.
A native of Schererville, Ind., and standout at Lake Central High, Komara was named Indiana’s Miss Basketball after averaging 21.5 points per game as a senior.
Associate Head Coach
Shereka Wright joins the Vanderbilt women's basketball staff in 2018-19 after spending five years on staff at Alabama. Wright was a critical part of Alabama’s resurgence in women’s basketball. Wright helped the Crimson Tide to back-to-back 20-win seasons as the Tide reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 WNIT.
Under Wright’s tutelage,Alabama forward Ashley Williams finished her career ranked No. 9 in scoring (1,450) and No. 5 in rebounding (859) and notched 20 career double-doubles, six of which came in her last nine games. She was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week and earned a spot on the ncaaW’s Starting Five after leading the Tide to wins over Tennessee and Auburn.
Additionally, under Wright’s direction, SEC All-Freshman selection Ashley Knight set the Alabama single-season record and led the league in blocks with 90. She is the first student-athlete in program history to finish as the SEC’s leader in blocks.
Wright also was instrumental in constructing a signing class that ranked in the top 25 nationally, featuring both the Alabama and Mississippi high school players of the year.
Wright, a 12-year coaching veteran, began her coaching career at Texas Tech and was responsible for the perimeter players, recruiting, scouting, academics and equipment. She spent seven seasons in Lubbock with head coach Kristy Curry, helping the Lady Raiders advance to the postseason five times and win 20 or more games in her final three seasons at Tech.
Prior to coaching, she spent two seasons in the WNBA, averaging 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds for the Phoenix Mercury, but missed all of the 2006 season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon during training camp.
Wright was selected as the 13th overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock after a stellar collegiate playing career under Kristy Curry at Purdue. She was the third player in program history to be named to the All-Big Ten First Team on three occasions and was also honorable mention Kodak All-America as well as a finalist for the Wade Trophy, Naismith Award and Wooden Award. As a freshman in 2001, Wright was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.
Throughout her four-year career, the Boilermakers appeared in four NCAA tournaments, advancing to the national championship game in 2001, the Elite Eight in 2003 and the Sweet 16 in 2004, and won two Big Ten regular season titles (2001, 02) and a pair of Big Ten Tournament crowns (2003, 04).
Wright graduated from Purdue in 2004 with a degree in health and fitness.
Gary Redus II
Gary Redus II enters his first year on the Vanderbilt women's basketball staff. He will serve as an assistant coach for , Commodore head coach Stephanie White.
Redus, who played collegiately at South Alabama, comes to the Commodores after serving as an assistant at Delta State, a perennial Division II power located in Cleveland, Miss. He served previously on staff at the University of West Georgia.
"I'm super excited about the opportunity, to work with someone of Stephanie's magnitude and a chance to work at a place like Vanderbilt with its great tradition in women's basketball. I'm just very thankful to join Stephanie's staff and do everything I can to help the program," Redus said.
In Redus, White believes the Commodores have attracted one of the top young coaches in women's basketball to West End.
"We are excited to add Gary to our coaching staff. He brings a tremendous amount of energy and a great basketball mind, as well as a drive and hunger to learn and grow," White said. "Gary's a people person and his ability to build and maintain relationships allows him to fit right in with our program."
Redus, the son of longtime Major League Baseball player Gary Redus, spent one year at Delta State under longtime head coach Craig Roden.
Redus entered the coaching ranks in 2016-17, serving as a graduate assistant West Georgia under head coach Scott Groninger. He helped develop UWG's post players while assisting with game plan and practice development.
A native of Decatur, Ala., Redus is a 2011 graduate of South Alabama where he earned a degree health education. As a guard/forward for the Jaguars, he averaged 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, and was a two-time member of the Sun Belt Conference's All-Academic Team.
Redus played professional basketball in China, Mexico, Venezuela and Iraq from (2011-2015) before embarking on a career in coaching.
He is the son of Gary and Minnie Redus. His father played 13 seasons of Major League Baseball, including stops with Pittsburgh, Texas and Cincinnati.
Redus and his wife, Tiffany, reside in Nashville.
Director of Basketball Operations
Drew Stanich was named the Director of Basketball Operations in June of 2016 and joined head coach Stephanie White's inaugural staff at Vanderbilt.
He comes to Vanderbilt after serving three seasons with WNBA's Indiana Fever as the Equipment Operations Coordinator.
With the Fever, Stanich managed all team apparel -- including ordering, inventory, and distribution -- and traveled with the Fever on all road trips. He also oversaw the team's intern and managed a "Ball Kid" program that consisted of 20 high school and college students.
Also during his time with Indiana, he spent the 2015 WNBA offseason with Tamika Catchings as her personal assistant. In that role, he performed administrative duties for Catchings and her "Catch the Stars" Foundation.