PITTSBURGH — It’s been a whirlwind couple of months for new Pitt women’s basketball coach Lance White.
After taking the job in mid-April, he got his staff squared away with the hiring of former Duquesne star and longtime Marquette head coach Terri Mitchell and fellow former Florida State assistants Danielle Atkinson and Josh Petersen.
Then, White had to work on keeping his roster intact. There is usually some turnover after a coach leaves, but White was able to keep most of them in the fold. Starting small forward Yacine Diop graduated and transferred to Louisville for her final season. Senior guard Tania Lamb, who missed most of the last two seasons due to injury and Senegalese sophomore forward Magatte Sall also will not return.
White was also able to keep intact the three-player incoming class that he inherited from previous head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio.
Georgia guard Tehya Lyons and New Jersey guard Jahsyni Knight have been with the team this summer, though neither is practicing yet due to injury. Lyons missed most of her senior season of high school after knee surgery.
Greek guard Ismini Prapa is set to play for the under-18 Greek National Team in the European Championship starting on Aug. 3. She’s expected to arrive on campus later in August.
By that point, White will have had his first recruits visit on campus after a summer of evaluation from him and his new staff and the ball will be rolling on the 2018-19 Pitt women’s basketball season.
I caught up with White after practice on Thursday to talk about his crazy summer and how things are shaping up for the fall.