Former player turned coach for the Lady Jazz

She shoots the basketball in Texas Wesleyan’s Sid Richardson Center during an important game for the Lady Rams and the crowd goes wild as the ball swishes through the net. Brittany White, former senior on the women’s basketball team, just made it into the 1,000 point club.

White was a player for the Lady Rams program for three seasons and became the 12th member to join the Lady Rams 1,000 point club. She finished her senior season with 1,025 points. White graduated in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

White has since earned a job with the Bowles Life Center in Grand Prairie, Texas and has recently picked up a job which has allowed her to give back to the local youth.

White has become the head coach for the Lady Jazz, a local girls’ basketball team out of Arlington, Texas. The Lady Jazz consists of girls around the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, all girls are in ninth and eighth grade.

White became the coach in Feb. of 2013 with the help of Lawrence Idiata Jr., owner of the team.

Regina White, Brittany White’s mother, couldn’t be more proud of Brittany’s new coaching job.

“I am proud of Brittany and all the things she has accomplished,” Regina White said. “Becoming a basketball coach and watching how committed she is with her girls makes me proud to see her determination to teach the girls to play at the next level.”

White said she learned a lot from Wesleyan and wants to bring those lessons to the Lady Jazz.

“What I took from TWU is hard work and to be a good leader,” White said. “I try to teach my AAU basketball team to never give up. I learned at TWU that giving up is declaring your own premature defeat.”

Idiata is 24 years old and is currently studying kinesiology at the University of North Texas.

Idiata wanted to start the team because he always wanted to make an impact on the youth.

“My vision was to build a positive relationship with these young athletes while using their competitiveness as an avenue to motivate them to achieve their goals,” Idiata said.

Idiata said athletics is a way to teach kids important tools they can use for the rest of their life.

“Athletics, today plays a big part in children life it teaches them teamwork and responsibility also it helps build character and personality in many children,” Idiata said.

Idiata and White both agreed creating the Lady Jazz would be a great way to give back, and teach girls valuable life lessons through athletics.

“Together, as an organization we will work to inspire athletes to give back to the community with various volunteer opportunities,” Idiata said. “We will strive to develop each athlete’s talent and help them reach their full individual potential, by increasing their knowledge and fundamentals in the game of basketball and more importantly, life.”

White said she loves coaching the Lady Jazz and since the organization has started the team is 12-3.

“The Lady Jazz has won three tournaments, and also got second place in two other basketball tournaments,” White said.

White said the team will be traveling plenty over the summer, including going to Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. White said she hopes she can continue to coach such a good group of girls, while helping them the same way Wesleyan athletics helped her.

“I want them to learn how to communicate on the court, if you make a mistake don’t hold your head down and dwell on what happened keep playing,” White said. “Make up for the mistake, hard work and dedication leads to success and to never give up.”

ekfradette@txwes.edu

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  1. I have known Coach White (Brittany) for many years, even when she was in Junior High she was determined to make a difference. I am so grateful that she has decided to coach my daughter into the next level of basketball as well as assisting her with life skills to build a better character. Even though Coach Brittany has only been coaching my daughter for the past 2 months, I can see a difference in her attitude towards her academics as well as her overall perception of life. I wish Coach much success with the Lady Jazz and also in her life!! With her hardwork and dedication, I know she will make a difference in many more youths to come!! Thanks Coach!!