ORLANDO, Fla. -- Vanderbilt head coach Stephanie White was inducted into the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame class during ceremonies Sunday evening.
White and three other inductees joined the prestigious 142-member Academic All-America Hall of Fame. They will be inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame at CoSIDA's annual convention during the organization's annual Hall of Fame Ceremony at the World Center Marriott.
A live stream of the induction is available here.
"I'm honored to be inducted into the Academic All American Hall of Fame," said White. "As a student athlete, academics was as much of a priority as athletics and I took great pride in striving for excellence in both areas. As I look back on my journey as a student in college athletics I am grateful for the many experiences I had, both positive and negative. As a coach, it's my mission to provide opportunities that help our student athletes on their quest for excellence."
Created in 1988, the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame recognizes former Academic All-Americas who received a college degree at least 10 years ago, have achieved lifetime success in their professional careers, and are committed to philanthropic causes.
White, who recently completed her first season at the helm of the Commodores, was a standout in the classroom as well as the court during her decorated playing career at Purdue.
Earning Phi Beta Kappa honors, she was a two-time Academic All-America selection and was named the 1999 Academic All-America of the Year for women's basketball (university division) as a senior. On the floor, White was named the national Player of the Year after leading the Boilermakers to the 1999 NCAA championship.
White was joined in this year's CoSIDA Hall of Fame class by:
* Dr. Stacey Johnson, a two-time national champion and four-time All-America fencer at San Jose State University and a 1980 U.S. Olympian;
* Heather O'Reilly, University of North Carolina women's soccer standout who helped UNC earn two NCAA titles and went on to international success with the U.S. National Team, winning three Olympic gold medals and a FIFA world championship;
* Rachel Price Bell, PhD, an All-America volleyball standout at the University of North Alabama who was twice selected as the top female student-athlete in the Gulf South Conference;
Full bios of the four new inductees can be found HERE.
"In our 2017 Academic All-America Hall of Fame class, we recognize four women who made major contributions to their respective collegiate sports and who continue to make significant impact in their professional careers," said Andy Seeley, UCF Assistant Athletic Director for Communications and current CoSIDA president. "As undergraduates, they excelled at the highest levels to their respective sports while also being committed to obtaining extraordinary academic success."
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony featured ESPN's Rece Davis as emcee and legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg, the ambassador of the Academic All-America program, as special guest and presenter. At that time, the 2016 Dick Enberg Award recipient, former Ole Miss chancellor Dr. Robert Khayat, also was be recognized.
"We are so pleased to announce this year's Academic All-America Hall of Fame class. For so many of us involved with CoSIDA, this annual induction celebration has truly become a special evening honoring amazing individuals with wonderful and heartfelt stories of great accomplishment as both students, athletes and citizens within their communities," said Bernie Cafarelli, American Athletic Conference Associate Commissioner for Communications/External Affairs and chair of the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Hall of Fame committee. "Their stories have a lasting impact on those who attend the event each year. On behalf of the Academic All-America committee, we are proud to welcome another distinguished group into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame."
The CoSIDA convention was held in conjunction with the annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Affiliates Convention.