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Joanne Aluka-White
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Augusta, Ga.
Alma Mater: Middle Tennessee
Graduating Year: 2001
Experience: 1 Year
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Joanne Aluka-White begins her second season with the Charlotte women’s basketball program in 2013-14 after helping guide the Niners to the WNIT Sweet 16 in her first year. The 49ers put together the second-best campaign in school history (26-6) and finished second in the Atlantic 10 regular season with a 13-1 mark.

She is tasked with mentoring the Charlotte post players and had rousing success in her first season. She oversaw the progress of Jennifer Hailey, the 2013 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, and Amanda Dowe, who joined Hailey on the postseason All-Atlantic 10 teams. The pair was the only set of teammates nationally to average a double-double, helping the 49ers establish numerous school records.

Aluka-White also was charged with developing a pair of freshman post players, who were often the first options off the bench. The young group saw more playing time due to an injury to Gabby Tyler, a former All-Atlantic 10 Rookie Team choice who returns to the court this season.

In June 2013, she was chosen to participate in the Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) program, which is designed for minority coaches and geared towards professional development. It is funded by the NCAA and Black Coaches Association (BCA).

Aluka-White spent six seasons, from 2006-07 through 2011-12, as an assistant coach at fellow Conference USA member FIU when the Miami-based school was in the Sun Belt.

During her six-year stint with the Panthers, the program reached the 2012 Sun Belt Tournament semifinals. She was heavily involved in recruiting as well as working with the post players. She also assisted in scheduling, monitoring student-athlete academic progress and summer camps.

Prior to beginning her coaching career, Aluka-White was a highly successful collegian at another current Conference USA and former Sun Belt school, Middle Tennessee. She tallied over 1,000 career points from 1998-2002 and earned Ohio Valley Freshman of the Year accolades when the program competed in that league early in her career. She was voted a team captain and helped the Blue Raiders capture an OVC Tournament championship, one bid to the NCAA Tournament and two WNIT berths.

The culmination of her playing career came with her selection to the Nigerian national team and a trip to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She also played professionally in Portugal, where she led her team to the 2004 National Cup final.

Her playing career continued after the Olympics, when she returned stateside and suited up for the NWBL’s Dallas Fury. She was coached in the short-lived league by hall of famer Nancy Lieberman. Aluka-White then returned to Europe to continue playing professionally.

The Augusta, Ga., native graduated from Middle Tennessee in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science. She stayed in Murfreesboro to complete her master’s degree in 2003 in health and human performance with a concentration in sport management. She served as a marketing and promotions assistant at her alma mater in 2004.

Aluka-White and her husband Fred White are the parents of twins Daniel and Gabrielle.

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