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Associate Head CoachRoxanne White
Head Women’s Basketball Coach Royce Chadwick announced the hiring of Roxanne White on May 1, 2012, as the program’s Associate Head Coach. White served on Chadwick’s staffs at Marshall and Stephen F. Austin prior to joining him at the Island University.
“Roxanne has been a key member of my women’s basketball staffs for the last 16 years,” Chadwick said. “She is a relentless recruiter, an outstanding evaluator of talent and a coach who makes the most of the talented players she brings in. But perhaps best of all, her connections in this state will help us compete with anyone for the best prospects in the area. She will be a tremendous asset to our family at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.”
White was Marshall’s recruiting coordinator for all 11 years she was at the school and was the associate head coach for 10 of those seasons. The Stephen F. Austin alumna was an assistant for Chadwick for five years at SFA and also spent a year with Texas A&M.
“Royce Chadwick is one of the most respected coaches in women’s college basketball and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with him,” White said. “I’ve always wanted to return to the state of Texas, and to be able to be at an outstanding university with a beautiful campus and great facilities – this is a perfect situation. I couldn’t be happier to be an Islander.”
White worked with the guards while at Marshall and the results were easily evident. Sikeetha Shepard-Hall, a White recruit from Houston, finished her illustrious career as Marshall's third all-time leading scorer with over 1,600 points. One of Marshall's all-time greats, Shepard-Hall ranks in the school's top-10 in several categories including No. 1 in 3-pointers made and attempted and was named All-Conference USA in each of her four with the Herd.
Later in her tenure, Casey Baker and Kizzy Hart shined for the Herd. Baker, a member of the C-USA All-Defensive Team, led the conference in steals in 2007-08 while finishing in the top ten in C-USA in assists and assist/turnover ratio. Hart led MU in scoring while ranking in the top 10 in the league. White has also helped make the transition to Division I basketball for junior college players seamless, as several transfers such as Reshundra Smiley and Bridget Chacon saw immediate success in the Marshall system.
In her first two seasons as Marshall's recruiting coordinator, White helped land back-to-back top-50 recruiting classes, according to the Blue Star Report and All-Star Girls Report, two prominent women's basketball recruiting publications. Her history of effective recruiting practices can be drawn as far back as her early coaching days with Stephen F. Austin, as the Blue Star Report honored her efforts with the 17th-ranked recruiting class in 1998 and the 22nd-ranked class in 1999.
White's experience with recruiting is extensive, as are the number of blue-chip prospects signed under her watch. She signed the MVP of the NJCAA Tournament in 2000 and two NJCAA Kodak All-Americans in 1998 and 2000, respectively. In her first signing period at Marshall, White inked Ida Dotson, a two-time NJCAA Kodak All-American and a 2002-03 preseason all-MAC East selection.
White spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin, where she worked as the recruiting, academic and summer camp coordinator for the Ladyjacks. During her tenure at SFA, White helped sign two nationally-ranked recruiting classes and coached two Southland Conference Players of the Year. The Ladyjacks were ranked in the AP and USA Today Top-25 in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000, while making the NCAA Tournament every year from 1996-2001.
During the 1995-96 season, White served as an administrative assistant for the women's basketball program at Texas A&M. Her duties included public relations, marketing and travel coordination for the Aggies. She served as a restricted earnings coach under Chadwick during his first season at SFA (1994-95).
White excelled as a point guard at SFA from 1991 to 1994. During her career she helped the Ladyjacks to four NCAA Tournament appearances (including two Sweet 16 berths), won four Southland Conference regular season and tournament championships and helped SFA compile a four-year record of 105-20.
A native of Zwolle, La., White earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Stephen F. Austin in 1994 and a master's degree in secondary education with an emphasis in communications from SFA in 2000.
Assistant CoachDarren Brunson
Head Women's Basketball Coach Royce Chadwick announced the hiring of Darren Brunson on June 8, 2012, as an assistant coach for the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women’s basketball team.
“We are very excited to add Darren to our staff,” Chadwick said. “He brings a wealth of experience to our team. Not only is he a great recruiter, but a tremendous floor coach. He knows Texas recruiting and is one of the best evaluators I have ever been associated with. Darren is a welcome addition to our Islanders family and we are very fortunate to have him with us.”
Brunson comes to the Island University after spending two years as the associate head coach and team’s recruiting coordinator at Texas Southern University.
“I’m excited about being an Islander and I’m looking forward to taking this program to the next level,” Brunson said. “I’m eager about the opportunity to work with Coach Chadwick and his staff. With the staff that we have and the facilities that we have here on the Island we have an opportunity to bring in exceptional student-athletes to help compete for a Southland Conference Championship."
Prior to joining the Tigers, he worked at the University of Texas-El Paso from 2002-10. It was there where Brunson played an instrumental role in recruiting and shaping the Miners program. He led UTEP to three consecutive winning seasons, including two that consisted of 20-plus victories.
Brunson began his career at Independence Community College in 1987 as an assistant men’s basketball coach. In 1989 he took the reins of the women’s basketball program and at the same time served as the director of athletics from 1991-2001. He also served as the men’s and women’s basketball academic counselor.
The Wichita, Kan., native received the Army Commendation during the 1990 season after being called to active duty for Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
During his playing days (1983-85) at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, Brunson, dished out 478 assists, shattering the school record. He also tallied an impressive 7.5 assists per game. After graduation, Brunson was a student assistant for St. Mary’s from 1985-87. In 2004, he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
Brunson and his wife, Cynthia, have three children, Darius, Deion and Deiona. He also has a son, Darren, Jr. Brunson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Mary’s in 1987. He later earned his master’s degree in administration from Pittsburg State in 1998.