Legerski Starts To Put Staff Together

May 13, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head women's basketball coach Joe Legerski, Tuesday, announced the hiring of Blaine Patterson and Jaime White as assistant coaches with the Cowgirl program.

Patterson, who is being retained from former head coach Cindy Fisher's staff, spent this past season with the Wyoming team.

He joined the Cowgirl coaching staff in 2002-03 after spending four seasons as a basketball manager and administrative assistant with the Wyoming Cowboy basketball program.

As an administrative assistant, he assisted with on campus recruiting, film exchange and other administrative duties. He also assisted in organizing all recruiting mail outs and helped the coaching staff in preparation for practices and games.

Patterson founded and organized "The Sixth Man Club" and has been actively involved in planning and administering the University of Wyoming Cowboy Summer Basketball Camps. He has also been active in working other summer camps in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Prior to Wyoming, he spent two years at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn., where he was a student assistant. He completed his bachelor's degree in physical education from Wyoming in May of 2001.

"Blaine brings a work ethic that is needed in the day to day operations in running the program," said Legerski. "He is a tireless worker and someone I feel very fortunate to be able to maintain on our staff."

White comes to Wyoming from the University of Utah, where she was an assistant coach for the past two seasons under Elaine Elliott. She will serve as the Cowgirls' recruiting coordinator.

Prior to Utah, White was the head coach at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. In her five years at Snow, she accumulated a 107-50 overall record, capturing back to back Scenic West Athletic Conference Championships in 1999-00 and in 2000-01. Her teams were named the Academic Team of the Year from 1998-99 through 2000-01, and were ranked No. 13 nationally in 1999-00 and No. 12 in 2000-01.

White was named the 2000 Scenic West Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and the 2000 Snow College Coach of the Year. She was also a Nike Swiss All-Star Camp coach in 2000 and 2001.

A native of Kanab, Utah, White graduated in 1989 and attended Utah Valley Community College, where she played for coach Tom Perkins. At Utah Valley CC, her team was a Sweet 16 Participant and she was named to the Kodak All-American team.

From Utah Valley CC, she furthered her education at Kansas State before she completed her basketball career and education at Southern Utah in 1994. White has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in physical education. She also has a secondary teaching certificate from Southern Utah. Most recently, she earned her master's degree in instructional technology from Utah State.

"I'm excited to have Jaime join our staff at Wyoming," said Legerski. "She will serve as the recruiting coordinator, as she brings a high level of energy and organization to the job. Her experience of being at the Division I level will benefit us in the recruitment of student athletes."

Legerski expects to complete the remainder of his staff as soon as possible.